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Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tampa fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.5%. 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 8.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in October 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Tampa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Florida 3.5% +0.1 -0.4
Tampa 3.5% -0.1 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 November 2010 at 154,803. There are now 100,709 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 45,357 in October 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 8,737. Tampa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tampa, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Tampa 54,094 -1,182 -2,074

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tampa, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Tampa
Unemployment Rate
Tampa
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.5%
February
2019
3.8% 3.5% 3.5% 54,094
January
2019
4.0% 3.4% 3.6% 55,276
December
2018
3.9% 3.3% 3.3% 51,024
November
2018
3.7% 3.3% 3.0% 46,170
October
2018
3.8% 3.3% 2.9% 45,357
September
2018
3.7% 3.3% 3.0% 45,360
August
2018
3.8% 3.4% 3.4% 52,238
July
2018
3.9% 3.5% 3.5% 54,168
June
2018
4.0% 3.6% 3.5% 54,288
May
2018
3.8% 3.7% 3.4% 52,817
April
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.6% 55,285

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.