COVID-19 Job Losses in L.A.

The most recent numbers released by the California Employment Development Department show that the rate of unemployment in L.A. County was 15.1 percent in September 2020 and 15.2 percent in the City of Los Angeles.

The tracker below includes job loss estimates as of July 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.

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.