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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 November 2021 to 7.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Los Angeles peaked in May 2020 at 18.1% and is now 10.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Los Angeles unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
California 6.9% -0.4 -1.8
Los Angeles 7.5% -0.3 -3.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 627,428 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Los Angeles employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Los Angeles, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Los Angeles 495,021 -20,783 -224,167

Number of Unemployed Persons

Los Angeles, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Los Angeles
Unemployment Rate
Los Angeles
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 6.9% 7.5% 495,021
October
2021
4.6% 7.3% 7.8% 515,804
September
2021
4.7% 7.5% 8.1% 531,382
August
2021
5.2% 7.5% 9.1% 601,836
July
2021
5.4% 7.6% 9.3% 615,455
June
2021
5.9% 7.6% 9.4% 621,114
May
2021
5.8% 7.7% 9.3% 614,805
April
2021
6.0% 8.0% 10.1% 665,629
March
2021
6.0% 8.3% 10.0% 657,159
February
2021
6.2% 8.5% 9.9% 656,902
January
2021
6.4% 9.0% 11.3% 720,569

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.