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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 3.7 percent in June 2022. This rate was 2.5 percentage points lower than the region’s year ago rate of 6.2 percent. The region’s June 2022 unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage point higher than the state rate of 2.9 percent.

The labor force was 337,225, up 9,058 (+2.8 percent) over the year. There were 12,487 unemployed residents in the region.

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The July preliminary employment summary will take place on August 19, 2022. To view the full data release schedule, click here.

Polk County Nonagricultural Employment

In June 2022 nonagricultural employment in the Lakeland-Winter Haven MSA was 259,500, an increase of 9,900 jobs (+4.0 percent) over the year.

To view an interactive graph of Florida’s total nonagricultural employment, click here.

  • The information (+16.7 percent), the professional and business services (+7.6 percent) and education and health services (+4.6 percent) industries grew faster in the metro area than statewide over the year.
  •  The Lakeland-Winter Haven MSA had the second fastest annual job growth rate compared to all the metro areas in the state in information (+16.7 percent).
  •  The industries gaining in jobs over the year were trade, transportation, and utilities (+3,700 jobs); professional and business services (+2,600 jobs); education and health services (+1,600 jobs); leisure and hospitality (+1,400 jobs); other services (+500 jobs); financial activities (+400 jobs); information (+300 jobs).
  • The manufacturing and government industries were unchanged over the year.
  • The mining, logging, and construction (-600 jobs) industry lost 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.

For more information click here.

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, 2021, Florida’s minimum wage is $10.00 per hour, with a minimum wage of at least $6.98 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.

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