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Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Los Angeles fell 0.1 percentage points in January 2017 to 4.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Los Angeles peaked in November 2010 at 12.0% and is now 7.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in May 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Los Angeles unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
California 5.1% -0.1 -0.6
Los Angeles 4.6% -0.1 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2017 data as February 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 471,991 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 299,345 in May 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,474. Los Angeles employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Los Angeles, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Los Angeles 304,819 -7,204 -42,709

Number of Unemployed Persons

Los Angeles, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Los Angeles
Unemployment Rate
Los Angeles
Unemployed
February
2017
4.7%
January
2017
4.8% 5.1% 4.6% 304,819
December
2016
4.7% 5.2% 4.7% 312,023
November
2016
4.6% 5.3% 4.7% 315,597
October
2016
4.8% 5.3% 4.9% 328,823
September
2016
4.9% 5.3% 4.9% 329,083
August
2016
4.9% 5.4% 4.7% 313,127
July
2016
4.9% 5.4% 4.7% 311,968
June
2016
4.9% 5.5% 4.8% 319,193
May
2016
4.7% 5.5% 4.5% 299,345
April
2016
5.0% 5.5% 4.9% 325,143
March
2016
5.0% 5.6% 4.9% 324,487

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.