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Source: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Workforce Statistics and Economic Research
Polk County’s Unemployment Rate (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Polk region (Polk County) was 4.0 percent in August 2023. This rate was 0.3 percentage point greater than the region’s year ago rate of 3.7 percent. The region’s August 2023 unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage point above the state rate of 3.1 percent.
The labor force was 351,981, up 10,733 (+3.1 percent) over the year. There were 13,971 unemployed residents in the region.
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The September preliminary employment summary will take place on October 20, 2023. To view the full data release schedule, click here.
Polk County Nonagricultural Employment
In August 2023, nonagricultural employment in the Lakeland-Winter Haven MSA was 269,300, an increase of 3,800 jobs (+1.4 percent) over the year.
To view an interactive graph of Florida’s total nonagricultural employment, click here.
- The Education and Health Services (+7.3 percent); Leisure and Hospitality (+4.1 percent); and Other Services (+2.9 percent) industries grew faster in the metro area than statewide over
- The industries gaining jobs over the year were Education and Health Services (+2,700 jobs); Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (+1,600 jobs); Leisure and Hospitality (+1,100 jobs); Manufacturing (+200 jobs); Other Services (+200 jobs); and Financial Activities (+100 jobs).
- The industries losing jobs over the year were Professional and Business Services (-1,500 jobs) and Mining, Logging, and Construction (-600 jobs).
- The Government and Information industries were unchanged in jobs over the year.
Polk County’s Online Job Advertisements
The Florida Online Job Demand tool delivers data produced by Help Wanted OnLine (HWOL) to measure real-time labor demand captured through online job ads. Features will allow users to explore the top jobs, including STEM related occupations, that are in demand across the state.
To view the Florida Online Job Demand Tool, click here. To view the data for Polk County, select CareerSource Polk (17) from the Select Area dropdown menu.
***The Conference Board has made a comprehensive revision of the Help Wanted OnLine (HWOL) data series. These series are now based on a different and improved universe, and as a result, the trend in these series have also improved. The HWOL data series has been revised back to January 2012. The data displayed in the Florida Online Job Demand Tool have been updated to reflect the revised HWOL data at both the state and Local Workforce Development Areas.
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Regional Labor Supply Dashboard
The labor supply dashboard is designed to assist economic/workforce development with business recruitment. It helps to answer the questions from employers concerning labor availability and make-up within a certain area. The educational and occupational mix of workers is critical for a business to make a location decision.
To view Polk County’s Regional Labor Supply Dashboard click here. To view the data for Polk County, select CareerSource Polk (17) from the Select An Area dropdown menu.
Florida’s Minimum Wage
As of September 30, 2022, Florida’s minimum wage is $11.00 per hour, with a minimum wage of at least $7.98 per hour for tipped employees, in addition to tips.
The required posters for minimum wage along with Federal and State of Florida employment law posters may be accessed by clicking here.