Labor Market Information

Polk County’s Unemployment Rate

The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Polk region (Polk County) was 14.1 percent in June 2020. This rate was higher when compared to the region’s year-ago rate of 4.0 percent.

Out of a labor force of 305,336, there were 43,006 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 June 2020 nonagricultural employment in the Lakeland‐Winter Haven MSA was 222,700, a decrease of 8,400 (-3.6 percent) over the year.

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

  • The Lakeland-Winter Haven MSA had the third fastest annual job growth rate compared to all the metro areas in the state in professional and business services (+2.5 percent).
  •  The Lakeland-Winter Haven MSA was tied for the second highest annual job growth compared to all the metro areas in the state in government (+200 jobs).
  • The Lakeland-Winter Haven MSA was tied for the third fastest annual job growth rate compared to all the metro areas in the state in government (+0.8 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 (+800 jobs).
  • The mining, logging, and construction (+7.7 percent) and professional and business services (+2.5 percent) industries grew faster in the metro area than statewide over the year.
  • The industries gaining in jobs over the year were: mining, logging, and construction (+1,100 jobs); professional and business services (+800 jobs); and government (+200 jobs).
  • The education and health services (-3,600 jobs); leisure and hospitality (-2,700); trade, transportation, and utilities (-2,500 jobs); manufacturing (-800 jobs); other services (-700 jobs); and information (-200 jobs) industries 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.

 ***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.

Florida’s Minimum Wage

Effective January 1, 2020, Florida’s minimum wage is $8.56 per hour.

The required posters for minimum wage along with Federal and State of Florida employment law posters may be accessed by clicking here.