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Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Los Angeles fell 1.7 percentage points in July 2020 to 16.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.5 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Los Angeles peaked in May 2020 at 19.3% and is now 3.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Los Angeles unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 10.2% -0.9 +6.5
California 13.5% -1.4 +9.5
Los Angeles 16.0% -1.7 +12.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2020 data as August 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 174,440 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 July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Los Angeles 1,029,921 -120,871 +762,420

Number of Unemployed Persons

Los Angeles, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Los Angeles
Unemployment Rate
Los Angeles
Unemployed
August
2020
8.4% 11.4%
July
2020
10.2% 13.5% 16.0% 1,029,921
June
2020
11.1% 14.9% 17.7% 1,150,792
May
2020
13.3% 16.4% 19.3% 1,204,361
April
2020
14.7% 16.4% 19.0% 1,197,357
March
2020
4.4% 5.5% 5.8% 379,938
February
2020
3.5% 3.9% 3.9% 267,708
January
2020
3.6% 3.9% 3.9% 264,131
December
2019
3.5% 3.9% 3.9% 263,681
November
2019
3.5% 3.9% 3.9% 263,962
October
2019
3.6% 3.9% 3.9% 264,538
September
2019
3.5% 3.9% 3.9% 265,212

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.