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Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Los Angeles fell 0.4 percentage points in May 2016 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Los Angeles peaked in November 2010 at 12.0% and is now 7.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Los Angeles unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.3 -0.8
California 5.2% -0.1 -1.2
Los Angeles 4.5% -0.4 -2.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2016 data as June 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 478,342 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 May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Los Angeles 298,468 -26,675 -131,672

Number of Unemployed Persons

Los Angeles, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Los Angeles
Unemployment Rate
Los Angeles
Unemployed
June
2016
4.9% 5.4%
May
2016
4.7% 5.2% 4.5% 298,468
April
2016
5.0% 5.3% 4.9% 325,143
March
2016
5.0% 5.4% 4.9% 324,487
February
2016
4.9% 5.5% 5.1% 339,449
January
2016
4.9% 5.7% 5.3% 347,528
December
2015
5.0% 5.9% 5.6% 366,818
November
2015
5.0% 5.9% 5.6% 370,611
October
2015
5.0% 5.9% 5.7% 374,024
September
2015
5.1% 6.0% 5.7% 378,345
August
2015
5.1% 6.0% 5.9% 385,556
July
2015
5.3% 6.1% 6.0% 396,906

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.