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Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Los Angeles fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2018 to 4.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Los Angeles peaked in November 2010 at 12.0% and is now 8.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in March 2018, 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 May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
California 4.2% 0.0 -0.7
Los Angeles 4.0% -0.1 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2018 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 peaked in November 2010 at 776,968. There are now 504,942 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 270,918 in March 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,108. Los Angeles employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Los Angeles, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Los Angeles 272,026 -3,338 -30,165

Number of Unemployed Persons

Los Angeles, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Los Angeles
Unemployment Rate
Los Angeles
Unemployed
June
2018
4.0%
May
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.0% 272,026
April
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.1% 275,364
March
2018
4.1% 4.3% 4.0% 270,918
February
2018
4.1% 4.3% 4.2% 281,055
January
2018
4.1% 4.4% 4.1% 279,132
December
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.1% 278,573
November
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.1% 280,488
October
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.2% 282,350
September
2017
4.2% 4.5% 4.3% 288,466
August
2017
4.4% 4.6% 4.4% 294,364
July
2017
4.3% 4.7% 4.4% 295,801

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.