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Employment Disaster, 2020
Los Angeles County

Bronze sculpture "Depression Breadline" by George Segal, FDR Memorial, Wash. DC.

By April 2020, Los Angeles County experienced its worst surge of unemployment since, quite likely, the Great Depression of the 1930s. For most of 2020, the county's unemployment rate remained in the double digits, something the labor force had not seen in a decade. This contrasted harshly against Los Angeles County's average 2019 unemployment rate of 4.4 percent.

2020 by Month

Month Civilian Labor Force Civilian Employment Civilian Unemployment Civilian Unemployment Rate*
January 5,247,800 5,010,300 237,500 4.5%
February 5,265,500 5,038,400 227,100 4.3%
March 5,023,100 4,687,500 335,600 6.7%
April 4,809,300 3,966,300 843,000 17.5%
May 4,703,200 3,799,600 903,600 19.2%
Month Civilian Labor Force Civilian Employment Civilian Unemployment Civilian Unemployment Rate*
June 4,935,000 4,058,700 876,300 17.8%
July 5,044,800 4,117,900 926,900 18.4%
August 5,010,900 4,180,800 830,100 16.6%
September 4,864,100 4,284,100 580,000 11.9%
October 4,898,500 4,368,200 530,300 10.8%
Month Civilian Labor Force Civilian Employment Civilian Unemployment Civilian Unemployment Rate*
November 4,930,000 4,404,600 525,400 10.7%
December 4,894,800 4,354,900 539,900 11.0%
Annual Average 4,968,900 4,355,900 613,000 12.3%

* The unemployment rate is calculated using unrounded data.

Data not seasonally adjusted. Data may not add due to rounding.
Labor force data reflect the March 2020 annual revision (or benchmark) and Census 2014 population controls at the state level.

Source: California Employment Development Department

Also see: Annual Employment/Unemployment in Los Angeles County