Labor Market Information

Polk County’s Unemployment Rate

The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Polk region (Polk County) was 4.1 percent in December 2017. This rate was lower if compared to the region’s year ago rate of 5.4 percent.

Out of a labor force of 292,941 there were 11,930 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 December 2017 nonagricultural employment in the Lakeland‐Winter Haven MSA was 227,300, an increase of 6,400 (+2.9 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 4.1 percent) in December 2017.
• Construction (+9.1 percent) was the industry that grew faster in the metro area than statewide over the year.
• Other industries gaining jobs included mining, logging and construction (+44,500 jobs); real estate, rental and leasing (+10,800 jobs); goods producing (+60,500 jobs).
• The government (+10,800 jobs) gained over the year.
• The information industry grew (+2,700.)


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