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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 November 2022 to 2.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Florida rate. The unemployment rate in Tampa peaked in May 2020 at 13.4% and is now 10.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in August 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Tampa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.1 -0.6
Florida 2.6% -0.1 -0.9
Tampa 2.5% 0.0 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2022 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 May 2020 at 204,455. There are now 162,431 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 40,882 in September 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,142. Tampa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tampa, Florida) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Tampa 42,024 +729 -12,449

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tampa, Florida Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Florida
Unemployment Rate
Tampa
Unemployment Rate
Tampa
Unemployed
December
2022
3.5%
November
2022
3.6% 2.6% 2.5% 42,024
October
2022
3.7% 2.7% 2.5% 41,295
September
2022
3.5% 2.5% 2.5% 40,882
August
2022
3.7% 2.7% 2.5% 41,108
July
2022
3.5% 2.7% 2.6% 42,152
June
2022
3.6% 2.8% 2.7% 43,469
May
2022
3.6% 2.9% 2.8% 44,598
April
2022
3.6% 3.0% 2.9% 46,282
March
2022
3.6% 3.2% 3.0% 48,337
February
2022
3.8% 3.3% 3.2% 50,605
January
2022
4.0% 3.5% 3.3% 52,451

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.