COVID-19 Job Losses in L.A.

Updated dashboard reflects estimates through June 2020

Explore job losses in each of L.A.’s neighborhoods and Council Districts below. Click on the map to see raw numbers and updated industry estimates, and click again to return to the citywide view.

Los Angeles regained 50,000 jobs in June 2020, but the City is still down more than 200,000 jobs since the coronavirus pandemic began. The gains coincided with a relaxation of the “Safer at Home” order, which permitted most sectors of the economy to reopen. With the State of California reverting to restrictions on bars and indoor dining in July, the staying power of the gains is in question.

In all, every industry, except Finance/Insurance and Utilities, has lost jobs overall, with Accommodation/Food Service and Information faring the worst. Every industry, except Education Services, added some jobs back in June. L.A. neighborhoods currently have an average of 13 percent fewer jobs now than before COVID-19.

To put L.A.’s numbers into a regional and national context, the graph below shows how unemployment claims have increased dramatically since February 2020.

According to the California Employment Development Department, all of L.A. County has shed jobs during the pandemic in nearly every major industry, with the sharpest losses in April. The table below illustrates the negative impact of COVID-19 on area industries.

To create this data story, the Controller’s Office adapted a methodology used by the Kinder Institute for Urban Research to estimate job losses. It is important to note that, because they are estimates, the figures herein may not be comparable to actual job loss/pay cuts in each neighborhood and should be interpreted as relative job loss levels. The number of total job losses across all industries is not directly comparable to the “Employment” number shown in Labor Force data. Read more about the Methodology for Generating Industry Employment Data. Self-employed, unpaid family workers, and private household employees are not included in “Industry Employment” data, nor are reductions in hours worked captured. As a result, some job losses and employees whose hours have been reduced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, are not reflected in the job loss estimates shown here. 

Visit the Controller’s COVID-19 Resource Hub to view more information about how COVID-19 has impacted Los Angeles, and where you can find the assistance you need.