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Polk County’s Unemployment Rate

The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Polk region (Polk County) was 5.6 percent in March 2021. This rate was .3 percentage point lower than the region’s year ago rate of 5.9 percent.

The labor force was 324,544, up 3,5730 (+1.2) over the year. There were 18,092 unemployed residents in the region.

To view a detailed report, click here. To view the release schedule for this data, click here.

Polk County Nonagricultural Employment

In March 2021 nonagricultural employment in the Lakeland-Winter Haven MSA was 247,100, an increase of 4,300 jobs (+1.8 percent) over the year.

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

  • The trade, transportation, and utilities (+7.2 percent); professional and business services (+6.6 percent); financial activities (+3.6 percent); mining, logging, and construction (+2.7 percent); and education and health services (+2.5 percent) industries grew faster in the metro area than statewide over the year.
  • The Lakeland-Winter Haven MSA had the fastest annual job growth rate compared to all the metro areas in the state in trade, transportation, and utilities (+7.2 percent) and education and health services (+2.5 percent).
  • The Lakeland-Winter Haven MSA had the highest annual job growth compared to all the metro areas in the state in trade, transportation, and utilities (+4,600 jobs) and education and health services (+900 jobs). 
  • The Lakeland-Winter Haven MSA had the third fastest annual job growth rate compared to all the metro areas in the state in financial activities (+3.6 percent).
  • The Lakeland-Winter Haven MSA had the third highest annual job growth compared to all the metro areas in the state in professional and business services (+2,200 jobs) and financial activities (+500 jobs).
  • The industries gaining in jobs over the year were trade, transportation, and utilities (+4,600 jobs); professional and business services (+2,200 jobs); education and health services (+900 jobs); financial activities (+500 jobs); and mining, logging, and construction (+400 jobs).
  • The leisure and hospitality (-2,600); government (-1,100 jobs); manufacturing (-400 jobs); and other services (-200 jobs) industries lost jobs over the year.
  • The information industry was unchanged 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.

 ***Beginning with the December release, 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.

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

Effective January 1, 2021, Florida’s minimum wage is $8.65 per hour, with a minimum wage of at least $5.63 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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