Labor Market Information

Polk County’s Unemployment Rate

The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Polk region (Polk County) was 4.2 percent in February 2018. This rate was lower if compared to the region’s year ago rate of 5.0 percent.

Out of a labor force of 299,356 there were 12,651 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 January 2018 nonagricultural employment in the Lakeland‐Winter Haven MSA was 224,200, an increase of 5,800 (+2.7 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 4.6 percent) in January 2018.
• Non-store retailers – Electronic shopping  (+22.3 percent) was the industry that grew faster in the metro area than statewide over the year.
• Other industries gaining jobs included professional and business services (+1,500 jobs); trade, transportation, and utilities (+1,100 jobs); mining, logging, and
construction (+1,000 jobs); leisure and hospitality (+900 jobs); education and health services (+600 jobs)
• The government (+500 jobs) gained over the year; manufacturing (+100 jobs) and financial activities (+100 jobs).
• The information industry decreased (-800.)


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