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Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tampa fell 0.3 percentage points in May 2020 to 13.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points lower than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Tampa peaked in April 2020 at 13.5% and is now 0.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Tampa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Florida 14.5% +0.7 +11.3
Tampa 13.2% -0.3 +9.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 in May 2020 is at a new high of 193,999. Tampa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tampa, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Tampa 193,999 +933 +143,557

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tampa, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Tampa
Unemployment Rate
Tampa
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 14.5% 13.2% 193,999
April
2020
14.7% 13.8% 13.5% 193,066
March
2020
4.4% 4.4% 4.4% 68,505
February
2020
3.5% 2.8% 2.9% 46,119
January
2020
3.6% 2.8% 2.9% 45,806
December
2019
3.5% 2.9% 2.8% 44,736
November
2019
3.5% 2.8% 2.9% 45,382
October
2019
3.6% 2.9% 2.9% 46,174
September
2019
3.5% 2.9% 3.0% 47,027
August
2019
3.7% 3.0% 3.1% 47,890
July
2019
3.7% 3.1% 3.1% 48,718

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.