Labor Market Information

Polk County’s Unemployment Rate

The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Polk region (Polk County) was 3.4 percent in October 2018. This rate was lower if compared to the region’s year ago rate of 4.3 percent.

Out of a labor force of 302,828 there were 10,284 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 October 2018 nonagricultural employment in the Lakeland‐Winter Haven MSA was 292,544, an increase of 11,414 (+4.1 percent) over the year.

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

• The Lakeland‐Winter Haven MSA annual job growth rate compared to all the metro areas in the state in professional and business services was 3.2 percent) in April 2018.
• The mining, logging, and construction (+6.9 percent); professional and business services (+3.7 percent); leisure and hospitality (+3.3 percent); trade, transportation, and utilities (+3.2 percent); other services (+1.7 percent); and government (+1.1 percent) industries grew faster in the metro area than statewide over the year.
• Other industries gaining jobs included: trade, transportation, and utilities (+1,800 jobs); professional and business services (+1,100 jobs); mining, logging, and construction (+900 jobs); leisure and hospitality (+800 jobs).
• The government (+300 jobs) gained over the year; manufacturing (+600 jobs).
• The education and health services (-300 jobs) and information (-100 jobs) industries lost jobs over the year.


Polk County’s Online Job Advertisements

The Department of Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Labor Market Statistics compiles and publishes reports every month from Help Wanted OnLineTM that show hiring demand for Polk County.

To view a detailed report, click here.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Jobs

STEM disciplines are foundational to the continued growth of high-skill, high-wage industries in Polk County.

To view Polk County’s STEM occupations click here.

Florida’s Minimum Wage

Effective January 1, 2018, Florida’s minimum wage is $8.25 per hour.

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