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Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Los Angeles rose 0.2 percentage points in May 2020 to 19.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.9 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate for Los Angeles in May 2020 is at a new high. You can also compare Los Angeles unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
California 16.3% -0.1 +12.2
Los Angeles 19.2% +0.2 +15.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 in May 2020 is at a new high of 1,203,775. Los Angeles employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Los Angeles, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Los Angeles 1,203,775 +6,418 +930,431

Number of Unemployed Persons

Los Angeles, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Los Angeles
Unemployment Rate
Los Angeles
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 16.3% 19.2% 1,203,775
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
August
2019
3.7% 3.9% 3.9% 266,088
July
2019
3.7% 4.0% 4.0% 267,501

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.