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2020 by Month

2020 Civilian Labor Force Civilian Employment Civilian Unemployment Civilian Unemployment Rate*
November 4,970,000 4,424,000 546,000 11.0%
October 5,089,800 4,476,400 613,400 12.0%
September 4,942,400 4,196,300 746,100 15.1%
August 4,929,600 4,111,400 818,300 16.6%
July 4,956,700 4,040,100 916,700 18.5%
June 4,924,500 3,958,900 965,500 19.6%
2020 Civilian Labor Force Civilian Employment Civilian Unemployment Civilian Unemployment Rate*
May 4,716,100 3,735,500 980,600 20.8%
April 4,756,900 3,787,600 969,300 20.4%
March 4,996,600 4,669,100 327,500 6.6%
February 5,222,800 4,984,600 238,200 4.6%
January 5,189,200 4,956,900 232,200 4.5%

* The unemployment rate is calculated using unrounded data.
† Preliminary data
March 2016 Benchmark; Data are not seasonally adjusted. Data may not add due to rounding.
Source: California Employment Development Department



Since April 2020, Los Angeles County has experienced its worst unemployment since as far back as the Great Depression of the 1930s. For most of this year, the county's unemployment rate has been in the teens. This compares to a 2019 average unemployment rate of 4.4 percent for the county.
(Bronze sculpture "Depression Breadline" by George Segal, FDR Memorial, Wash. DC)


Also see: Current Employment/Unemployment Numbers for Los Angeles County, Cities & Unincorporated Communities



1990 - 2019

Average Number by Year

Year Civilian Labor Force Civilian Employment Civilian Unemployment Civilian Unemployment Rate*
2019 5,121,600 4,894,300 227,300 4.4%
2018 5,136,300 4,896,500 239,800 4.7%
2017 5,096,500 4,853,800 242,700 4.8%
2016 5,041,400 4,776,700 264,800 5.3%
2015 4,989,800 4,659,700 330,100 6.6%
2014 4,992,600 4,580,300 412,300 8.3%
2013 4,967,000 4,482,100 485,000 9.8%
2012 4,915,300 4,378,400 536,900 10.9%
Year Civilian Labor Force Civilian Employment Civilian Unemployment Civilian Unemployment Rate*
2011 4,928,500 4,327,900 600,500 12.2%
2010 4,917,400 4,302,300 615,100 12.5%
2009 4,914,700 4,345,200 569,500 11.6%
2008 4,929,000 4,555,100 373,900 7.6%
2007 4,864,200 4,614,800 249,400 5.1%
2006 4,807,900 4,577,600 230,300 4.8%
2005 4,781,600 4,525,200 256,400 5.4%
2004 4,753,500 4,445,400 308,100 6.5%
Year Civilian Labor Force Civilian Employment Civilian Unemployment Civilian Unemployment Rate*
2003 4,739,500 4,409,900 329,600 7.0%
2002 4,751,600 4,430,900 320,600 6.7%
2001 4,740,500 4,471,500 269,000 5.7%
2000 4,677,400 4,425,600 251,800 5.4%
1999 4,576,400 4,307,000 269,400 5.9%
1998 4,533,300 4,235,400 297,900 6.6%
1997 4,420,900 4,116,800 304,100 6.9%
1996 4,323,600 3,971,500 352,100 8.1%
Year Civilian Labor Force Civilian Employment Civilian Unemployment Civilian Unemployment Rate*
1995 4,279,500 3,935,600 343,900 8.0%
1994 4,290,800 3,893,300 397,500 9.3%
1993 4,340,500 3,908,800 431,600 9.9%
1992 4,441,200 4,002,600 438,600 9.9%
1991 4,471,700 4,114,800 356,900 8.0%
1990 4,498,700 4,233,100 265,600 5.9%

* The unemployment rate is calculated using unrounded data.
March 2016 Benchmark; Data are not seasonally adjusted. Data may not add due to rounding.
Source: California Employment Development Department