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The number of unemployed people in Los Angeles County reached 968,400 in April 2020, bringing the county's unemployment rate to 20.3%. This may be compared with an average of 227,300 unemployed in the county in 2019 and an average unemployment rate of 4.4%. The April unemployment number is probably the worst experienced by Los Angeles County since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
(Bronze sculpture "Depression Breadline" by George Segal, FDR Memorial, Wash. DC)



Los Angeles County Unemployment Rates, 1990-2020

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