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Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Los Angeles rose 0.1 percentage points in November 2022 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Los Angeles peaked in May 2020 at 18.8% and is now 14.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in October 2022, 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 November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.1 -0.6
California 4.1% +0.1 -1.7
Los Angeles 4.1% +0.1 -2.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2022 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 1,169,018. There are now 901,960 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 263,924 in October 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,134. Los Angeles employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Los Angeles, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Los Angeles 267,058 +3,134 -161,843

Number of Unemployed Persons

Los Angeles, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Los Angeles
Unemployment Rate
Los Angeles
Unemployed
December
2022
3.5%
November
2022
3.6% 4.1% 4.1% 267,058
October
2022
3.7% 4.0% 4.0% 263,924
September
2022
3.5% 3.8% 4.1% 267,189
August
2022
3.7% 4.1% 4.1% 273,439
July
2022
3.5% 3.9% 4.3% 284,704
June
2022
3.6% 4.2% 4.6% 301,236
May
2022
3.6% 4.3% 4.7% 314,395
April
2022
3.6% 4.6% 5.0% 332,038
March
2022
3.6% 4.8% 5.3% 352,311
February
2022
3.8% 5.3% 5.7% 377,941
January
2022
4.0% 5.7% 6.1% 404,967

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.