LA County Unemployment Rate Dips in December

By City News Service
City News Service
City News Service
January 25, 2022 Updated: January 25, 2022

LOS ANGELES—Los Angeles County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 8.4 percent in December, down from a revised 8.9 percent in November, according to figures released on Jan. 21 by the state Employment Development Department.

The December unemployment rate was down from 12.6 percent in December 2020.

In Orange County, where seasonally adjusted numbers were not available, the December unemployment rate was 3.7 percent, down from 4.1 percent in November.

California’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.5 percent in December, down from 7 percent in November but below the 9.3 percent rate from December 2020. The comparable rates for the nation were 3.9 percent in December, 4.2 percent in November, and 6.7 percent a year earlier.

Los Angeles County’s total nonfarm employment between November and December increased by 22,000 jobs to reach nearly 4.4 million, its highest level since March 2020. The trade, transportation, and utilities sector led the way by adding 8,800 jobs.