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Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tampa rose 0.3 percentage points in November 2020 to 6.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Tampa peaked in April 2020 at 13.5% and is now 7.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.8% in September 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Tampa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Florida 6.3% -0.1 +3.5
Tampa 6.1% +0.3 +3.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December 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 April 2020 at 193,066. There are now 99,970 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 87,777 in September 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,319. Tampa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tampa, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Tampa 93,096 +5,208 +47,714

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tampa, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Tampa
Unemployment Rate
Tampa
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7% 6.1%
November
2020
6.7% 6.3% 6.1% 93,096
October
2020
6.9% 6.4% 5.8% 87,888
September
2020
7.8% 7.2% 5.8% 87,777
August
2020
8.4% 7.3% 6.6% 99,918
July
2020
10.2% 11.4% 10.1% 150,467
June
2020
11.1% 10.3% 8.9% 129,841
May
2020
13.3% 13.7% 12.4% 179,898
April
2020
14.8% 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
3.5% 2.8% 2.9% 45,806

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.