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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 June 2019 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Los Angeles peaked in August 2010 at 11.9% and is now 7.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in May 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Los Angeles unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate June 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% +0.1 -0.3
California 4.2% 0.0 0.0
Los Angeles 4.1% 0.0 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with June 2019 data as July 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 October 2010 at 772,978. There are now 496,610 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 June 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Los Angeles 276,368 -2,878 -7,528

Number of Unemployed Persons

Los Angeles, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Los Angeles
Unemployment Rate
Los Angeles
Unemployed
July
2019
3.7%
June
2019
3.7% 4.2% 4.1% 276,368
May
2019
3.6% 4.2% 4.1% 279,246
April
2019
3.6% 4.3% 4.2% 284,277
March
2019
3.8% 4.3% 4.2% 287,716
February
2019
3.8% 4.2% 4.2% 287,684
January
2019
4.0% 4.2% 4.3% 291,276
December
2018
3.9% 4.1% 4.3% 289,468
November
2018
3.7% 4.1% 4.3% 289,373
October
2018
3.8% 4.1% 4.2% 288,204
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 4.2% 285,951
August
2018
3.8% 4.1% 4.2% 284,065

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.