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Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Los Angeles fell 0.3 percentage points in April 2022 to 5.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Los Angeles peaked in May 2020 at 18.8% and is now 13.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Los Angeles unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
California 4.6% -0.2 -3.7
Los Angeles 5.0% -0.3 -4.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 837,077 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 April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Los Angeles 331,941 -20,370 -292,177

Number of Unemployed Persons

Los Angeles, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Los Angeles
Unemployment Rate
Los Angeles
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 4.6% 5.0% 331,941
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
December
2021
3.9% 5.8% 6.6% 433,218
November
2021
4.2% 5.8% 6.5% 428,901
October
2021
4.6% 6.1% 6.6% 432,212
September
2021
4.7% 6.4% 7.0% 460,509
August
2021
5.2% 7.0% 7.6% 498,971
July
2021
5.4% 7.4% 8.2% 540,351
June
2021
5.9% 7.9% 8.8% 576,362

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.