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Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Los Angeles fell 0.0 percentage points in April 2017 to 4.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Los Angeles peaked in November 2010 at 12.0% and is now 7.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in March 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Los Angeles unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% -0.1 -0.6
California 4.8% -0.1 -0.7
Los Angeles 4.4% 0.0 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2017 data as May metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Los Angeles, California, National

Los Angeles, California monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Los Angeles, California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Los Angeles peaked in November 2010 at 776,810. There are now 484,879 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 291,283 in March 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 648. Los Angeles employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Los Angeles, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Los Angeles 291,931 +648 -45,325

Number of Unemployed Persons

Los Angeles, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Los Angeles
Unemployment Rate
Los Angeles
Unemployed
May
2017
4.3% 4.7%
April
2017
4.4% 4.8% 4.4% 291,931
March
2017
4.5% 4.9% 4.4% 291,283
February
2017
4.7% 5.0% 4.6% 303,888
January
2017
4.8% 5.2% 4.6% 306,585
December
2016
4.7% 5.2% 4.7% 312,226
November
2016
4.6% 5.3% 4.7% 316,258
October
2016
4.8% 5.3% 4.9% 324,005
September
2016
4.9% 5.3% 4.9% 328,730
August
2016
4.9% 5.4% 4.9% 326,978
July
2016
4.9% 5.4% 4.9% 326,111
June
2016
4.9% 5.5% 4.9% 327,629

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.