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Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Los Angeles fell 0.3 percentage points in October 2017 to 4.2%. 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 7.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.2% in May 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 October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% -0.1 -0.7
California 4.9% -0.2 -0.4
Los Angeles 4.2% -0.3 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2017 data as November 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 493,011 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 282,510 in May 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,289. Los Angeles employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Los Angeles, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Los Angeles 283,799 -24,977 -40,206

Number of Unemployed Persons

Los Angeles, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Los Angeles
Unemployment Rate
Los Angeles
Unemployed
November
2017
4.1%
October
2017
4.1% 4.9% 4.2% 283,799
September
2017
4.2% 5.1% 4.5% 308,776
August
2017
4.4% 5.1% 4.6% 312,685
July
2017
4.3% 4.8% 4.3% 291,669
June
2017
4.4% 4.7% 4.2% 284,360
May
2017
4.3% 4.7% 4.2% 282,510
April
2017
4.4% 4.8% 4.4% 293,181
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

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.