Labor Market Information

Polk County’s Unemployment Rate

The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Polk region (Polk County) was 5.3 percent in February 2017. This rate was lower if compared to the region’s year ago rate of 5.4 percent.

Out of a labor force of 292,536 there were 15,581 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 February 2017 nonagricultural employment in the Lakeland‐Winter Haven MSA was 220,600, an increase of 8,900 (+4.2 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 (+5.3 percent) in February 2017.
• The professional and business services (+0.3 percent) and trade, transportation, and utilities (-0.6 percent) industries grew faster in the metro area than statewide over the year.
• Other industries gaining jobs included trade, transportation, and utilities (+42,000 jobs, +2.5 percent); education and health services (+40,500 jobs, +3.3 percent); leisure and hospitality (+40,300 jobs, +3.5 percent); construction (+34,700 jobs, +7.5 percent); other services (+16,100 jobs, +4.7 percent); manufacturing (+11,900 jobs, +3.4 percent); financial activities (+10,800 jobs, +2.0 percent); government (+9,000 jobs, +0.8 percent); and information (+300 jobs, +0.2 percent)
• The government (+4,700 jobs) and mining, logging, and construction (+2,100 jobs) industries gained over the year.
• The information industry was (+300 jobs) gained 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, 2017, Florida’s minimum wage is $8.10 per hour.

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