The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Announces the Tampa Area March 2023 Employment Data

Apr 21, 2023

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Announces Tampa Area Unemployment Rate at 2.6 Percent in March 2023


Tampa, Fla. — Today, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announced that the Tampa area’s unemployment rate was at 2.6 percent in March 2023, down 0.2 percentage point from the rate of 2.8 percent a year ago. Tampa area private sector jobs were up 5.5 percent in March 2023, an increase of 71,600 jobs over the year. In March 2023, the Tampa area’s labor force was up 74,205 (+4.6 percent) over the year.

In March 2023, the Tampa area gained the highest number of private sector jobs among all metro areas over the year. The Tampa area also led all Florida metro areas in jobs gains over the year in education and health services (+18,700 jobs); professional and business services (+17,000 jobs); and construction (+5,300 jobs). The industries gaining the most jobs over the year were education and health services, increasing by 18,700 jobs; professional and business services, increasing by 17,000 jobs; leisure and hospitality, increasing by 13,100 jobs; and trade, transportation and utilities, increasing by 11,100 jobs.

In March 2023, Florida’s unemployment rate was 2.6 percent for the third consecutive month, which is 0.9 percentage point lower than the national rate of 3.5 percent. Florida’s labor force climbed by 250,000 (+2.3 percent) over the year and the unemployment rate has remained lower than the nation’s for 29 consecutive months.

Between March 2022 and March 2023, Florida’s total private sector employment grew by 389,000 jobs (+4.7 percent), 1.9 percentage points faster than the national private sector job growth rate of 2.8 percent during the same time period. In March 2023, Florida employers have added jobs for 34 months since May 2020, with the exception of October 2022. Over the year, Florida’s private sector job growth in March 2023 has exceeded the nation’s for 24 consecutive months since April 2021.

In March 2023, total private sector employment increased by 0.1 percent (+12,100 jobs) over the month, equal to the national rate of change. In March 2023, education and health services sector gains the most jobs among all major industries, adding 6,800 jobs (+0.5 percent) from the previous month, followed by trade, transportation, and utilities, adding 6,700 jobs (+0.3 percent), and leisure and hospitality, adding 5,200 jobs (+0.4 percent).

Data from the month of March continues to indicate there are many job opportunities available for Floridians throughout the state, with more than 400,000 jobs posted online. Floridians in search of work and new job opportunities are encouraged to turn to the CareerSource Florida network for help. Floridians can find guidance on how to register with Employ Florida and search listings of available local job openings. Career seekers also can improve their employability by perfecting resume writing and interviewing skills, establishing career goals, and pursuing customized career training. These services are provided at no cost to job seekers.

To view the statewide March 2023 employment data, visit Visit Florida Insight for more information on labor market and economic data.


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