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Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Los Angeles fell 0.0 percentage points in April 2021 to 10.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.7 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Los Angeles peaked in May 2020 at 18.1% and is now 8.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 9.9% in February 2021, 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 April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% +0.1 -8.7
California 8.3% 0.0 -7.7
Los Angeles 10.0% 0.0 -7.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2021 data as May 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 May 2020 at 1,122,449. There are now 458,246 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 656,902 in February 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 7,301. Los Angeles employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Los Angeles, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Los Angeles 664,203 +7,044 -454,231

Number of Unemployed Persons

Los Angeles, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Los Angeles
Unemployment Rate
Los Angeles
Unemployed
May
2021
5.8%
April
2021
6.1% 8.3% 10.0% 664,203
March
2021
6.0% 8.3% 10.0% 657,159
February
2021
6.2% 8.5% 9.9% 656,902
January
2021
6.3% 9.0% 11.3% 720,569
December
2020
6.7% 9.3% 11.3% 719,391
November
2020
6.7% 8.7% 11.2% 719,188
October
2020
6.9% 9.8% 11.1% 719,048
September
2020
7.8% 10.6% 12.3% 775,913
August
2020
8.4% 12.3% 15.5% 1,000,887
July
2020
10.2% 13.2% 16.3% 1,055,195
June
2020
11.1% 14.1% 16.4% 1,053,638

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.