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Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Los Angeles fell 0.1 percentage points in September 2014 to 7.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Los Angeles peaked in October 2010 at 11.9% and is now 4.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Los Angeles unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.9% -0.2 -1.3
California 7.3% -0.1 -1.5
Los Angeles 7.1% -0.1 -1.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2014 data as October 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 October 2010 at 774,862. There are now 303,266 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Los Angeles employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Los Angeles, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Los Angeles 471,596 -3,739 -104,523

Number of Unemployed Persons

Los Angeles, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Los Angeles
Unemployment Rate
Los Angeles
Unemployed
October
2014
5.8% 7.3%
September
2014
5.9% 7.3% 7.1% 471,596
August
2014
6.1% 7.4% 7.2% 475,335
July
2014
6.2% 7.4% 7.3% 480,513
June
2014
6.1% 7.4% 7.5% 492,172
May
2014
6.3% 7.6% 7.7% 505,381
April
2014
6.3% 7.8% 7.8% 513,779
March
2014
6.7% 8.1% 8.0% 526,549
February
2014
6.7% 8.1% 8.0% 526,220
January
2014
6.6% 8.1% 8.1% 532,017
December
2013
6.7% 8.3% 8.4% 549,142
November
2013
7.0% 8.4% 8.5% 557,584
October
2013
7.2% 8.6% 8.6% 566,713

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.