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Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tampa fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2019 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Tampa peaked in December 2009 at 11.9% and is now 8.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Tampa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Florida 3.3% -0.1 -0.2
Tampa 3.3% 0.0 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Tampa, Florida, National

Tampa, Florida monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Tampa, Florida Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Tampa peaked in October 2010 at 154,633. There are now 104,147 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 50,173 in October 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 313. Tampa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tampa, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Tampa 50,486 -845 -1,269

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tampa, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Tampa
Unemployment Rate
Tampa
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 3.3%
July
2019
3.7% 3.3% 3.3% 50,486
June
2019
3.7% 3.4% 3.3% 51,331
May
2019
3.6% 3.4% 3.4% 51,772
April
2019
3.6% 3.5% 3.4% 52,323
March
2019
3.8% 3.5% 3.4% 52,755
February
2019
3.8% 3.5% 3.4% 52,443
January
2019
4.0% 3.4% 3.4% 51,750
December
2018
3.9% 3.3% 3.3% 50,602
November
2018
3.7% 3.3% 3.3% 50,439
October
2018
3.8% 3.3% 3.3% 50,173

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.