Department of Numbers

NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Los Angeles fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2014 to 7.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Los Angeles peaked in October 2010 at 11.9% and is now 4.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.1% in September 2014, 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 December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
California 7.1% -0.1 -1.1
Los Angeles 7.2% 0.0 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 data as January 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 298,475 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 471,614 in September 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,773. Los Angeles employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Los Angeles, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Los Angeles 476,387 -3,744 -72,755

Number of Unemployed Persons

Los Angeles, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Los Angeles
Unemployment Rate
Los Angeles
Unemployed
April
2015
5.4%
March
2015
5.5% 6.5%
February
2015
5.5% 6.7%
January
2015
5.7% 7.0%
December
2014
5.6% 7.1% 7.2% 476,387
November
2014
5.8% 7.2% 7.2% 480,131
October
2014
5.7% 7.2% 7.1% 473,680
September
2014
5.9% 7.3% 7.1% 471,614
August
2014
6.1% 7.4% 7.2% 475,335
July
2014
6.2% 7.4% 7.3% 480,513
June
2014
6.1% 7.5% 7.5% 492,172
May
2014
6.3% 7.6% 7.7% 505,381

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.