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Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California Job Growth

There were 5,569,900 jobs in Los Angeles, California in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 5,926,183 employed persons for the month. Los Angeles added 29,600 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 8,906 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Los Angeles job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 5,569,900 +29,600 -731,900
CPS 5,926,183 +8,906 -607,198

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 731,900 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 299,800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 6,533,381 for Los Angeles in February 2020. 607,198 jobs have been lost in Los Angeles since then according to the household survey. From a May 2020 low of 5,043,859, Los Angeles has added 882,324 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Los Angeles, California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 5,569,900 29,600 5,926,183 8,906
January 2021 5,540,300 -21,100 5,917,277 101,162
December 2020 5,561,400 -21,900 5,816,115 -98,866
November 2020 5,583,300 -700 5,914,981 -33,234
October 2020 5,584,000 59,100 5,948,215 340,770
September 2020 5,524,900 19,400 5,607,445 88,057
August 2020 5,505,500 28,900 5,519,388 87,737
July 2020 5,476,600 11,800 5,431,651 85,418
June 2020 5,464,800 163,900 5,346,233 302,374
May 2020 5,300,900 30,800 5,043,859 -47,511
April 2020 5,270,100 -951,800 5,091,370 -1,076,085
March 2020 6,221,900 -79,900 6,167,455 -365,926