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Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Los Angeles rose 1.1 percentage points in January 2021 to 11.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.0 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Los Angeles peaked in May 2020 at 19.3% and is now 8.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 9.6% in November 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.4 percentage points. You can also compare Los Angeles unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% -0.4 +2.8
California 9.0% -0.3 +4.8
Los Angeles 11.0% +1.1 +7.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2021 data as February 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 1,204,361. There are now 500,253 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 627,447 in November 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 76,661. Los Angeles employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Los Angeles, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Los Angeles 704,108 +66,564 +439,977

Number of Unemployed Persons

Los Angeles, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Los Angeles
Unemployment Rate
Los Angeles
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 8.5%
January
2021
6.3% 9.0% 11.0% 704,108
December
2020
6.7% 9.3% 9.9% 637,544
November
2020
6.7% 8.7% 9.6% 627,447
October
2020
6.9% 9.8% 10.6% 704,333
September
2020
7.8% 10.6% 13.6% 880,135
August
2020
8.4% 12.3% 14.4% 930,419
July
2020
10.2% 13.2% 16.2% 1,051,465
June
2020
11.1% 14.1% 17.7% 1,150,792
May
2020
13.3% 15.6% 19.3% 1,204,361
April
2020
14.8% 16.0% 19.0% 1,197,357

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.