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Labor Day by the Numbers
Los Angeles County, 2020

Medical, Nurse, Hospital

Nurse working with a patient. Photo by MCS 2nd Class Sara Eshleman, U.S. Navy.

JOBS

Largest Occupational Fields

First Quarter, 2020

Occupational Title Number Employed
Home Health & Personal Care Aides 208,300
Fast Food & Counter Workers 111,650
Laborers & Freight, Stock, & Material Movers, Hand 111,100
Retail Salespersons 107,970
Cashiers 106,820
Office Clerks, General 98,030
Registered Nurses 90,040
Waiters & Waitresses 73,250
Secretaries & Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, & Executive 68,440
General & Operations Managers 68,120

Largest Employment Sectors

July 2020

Occupational Title Number Employed
Social Assistance - Individual & Family Services 201,700
Public Education (K-12) 187,000
Limited-Service Eating Places 154,400
Hospitals 121,400
Full-Service Restaurants 109,300
County Government 108,000
City Government 91,900
Motion Picture & Sound Recording 89,900
Nursing & Residential Care Facilities 88,300
Grocery Stores 86,000


Elderly, Care, Worker, Nursing

Personal care worker with a client. Photo by Matthias Zomer via Pexels.com.

Fastest Growing Occupations (2016-2026)

Occupations with at least 1,000 workers

Occupational Title Base Year Employment Estimate Projected Year Employment Estimate Numeric Change Percentage Change
Home Health Aides 7,400 10,460 3,060 41.4%
Personal Care Aides 207,050 289,600 82,550 39.9%
Physician Assistants 1,930 2,650 720 37.3%
Nurse Practitioners 2,900 3,910 1,010 34.8%
Software Developers, Applications 16,360 21,880 5,520 33.7%
Physical Therapist Assistants 1,480 1,950 470 31.8%
Occupational Therapy & Physical Therapist Assistants & Aides 3,660 4,780 1,120 30.6%
Physical Therapist Aides 1,410 1,840 430 30.5%
Massage Therapists 6,970 9,050 2,080 29.8%
Combined Food Preparation & Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 92,620 120,130 27,510 29.7%

Source of occupational/employment data: California Employment Development Dept., Labor Market Information


INCOME

$35,804 and $28,454

In 2018, median income for men and women, respectively. This was a 26 percent difference.

$31,862

In 2018, median income for all households. That was a 3 percent increase over the median household income for 2017.

$87,393

In 2018, median household income for white households that were not Hispanic or Latino. These households had the highest median household income among all racial groups. Asian households followed at $78,972. Hispanic or Latino households had a median income of $57,125 and Black or African American households, $48,519.

Source of income data: U.S. Census Bureau


The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor was first organized in 1885 to push back then at L.A.'s powerful business opposition to organized labor. Today, the organization represents 345 affiliated labor unions in the county, counting more than 800,000 members among its ranks.

WORKPLACE HEALTH INSURANCE

88.5%

In 2018, percent of persons working full-Time, year-round, covered by workplace-provided health insurance.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau


Traffic on I-405. Courtesy Jon B. Lovelace Collection of California Photographs-Carol M. Highsmith's America Project & Library of Congress.

COMMUTING TO WORK

6.0%

In 2018, percent of commuters, or 276,112, who left to work between midnight and 5 a.m. The largest share of commuters (27.3% or 1.2 million) traveled to work between 9 a.m. and noon.

31.3 minutes

In 2018, average time to commute to work. This placed Los Angeles County commuters in 97th place among all U.S. counties (New York City commuters averaged about 42-45 minutes; Boise, Idaho, commuters averaged 40 minutes; San Francisco commuters averaged 33 minutes).

73.9%

In 2018, percent of commuters who traveled to work alone. Carpoolers made up 9.5% of commuters and 0.8% bicycled to work.

5.4%

In 2018, percent of workers, age 16 and over, who worked at home. Of course, this number increased with stay-at-home health orders after the COVID-19 outbreak beginning in 2020.

Source of commuting data: U.S. Census Bureau