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Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California Job Growth

There were 5,892,800 jobs in Los Angeles, California in August 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 6,045,997 employed persons for the month. Los Angeles added 88,900 jobs in August 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 19,198 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Los Angeles job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 5,892,800 +88,900 +387,300
CPS 6,045,997 +19,198 +568,760

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Los Angeles, California Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Los Angeles as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment for Los Angeles, California

CES employment for Los Angeles peaked in February 2020 at 6,301,800. Since then 409,000 jobs have been lost in Los Angeles according to the employer survey. From a trough of 5,270,100 in April 2020, Los Angeles has gained 622,700 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 6,537,934 for Los Angeles in February 2020. 491,937 jobs have been lost in Los Angeles since then according to the household survey. From a May 2020 low of 5,076,225, Los Angeles has added 969,772 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2021

Los Angeles, California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2021 5,892,800 88,900 6,045,997 19,198
July 2021 5,803,900 36,200 6,026,799 27,720
June 2021 5,767,700 40,300 5,999,079 23,150
May 2021 5,727,400 51,200 5,975,929 24,969
April 2021 5,676,200 42,200 5,950,960 4,528
March 2021 5,634,000 43,500 5,946,432 663
February 2021 5,590,500 50,200 5,945,769 281,639
January 2021 5,540,300 -21,100 5,664,130 -8,602
December 2020 5,561,400 -21,900 5,672,732 -41,476
November 2020 5,583,300 -700 5,714,208 -55,591
October 2020 5,584,000 59,100 5,769,799 252,136
September 2020 5,524,900 19,400 5,517,663 40,426