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Labor Force and Unemployment Rate for Cities and Census Designated Places

The Labor Force and Unemployment Rate for Cities and Census Designated Places (CDPs) are updated monthly. Data for Cities and CDPs is limited to not seasonallyadjusted labor force and unemployment rates. Estimates of employment by industry are not available for Cities and CDPs. Please see the about the data section for additional information about how the data is produced and possible data limitations. The last data released was for March 2015, for a complete schedule of future releases, please visit our Data Release Schedule.

Data for All County Sub-Areas

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Cities and Census Designated Places by Individual County

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About the Data

Frequency and Type

Each month the Employment Development Department, Labor Market Information Division releases unemployment rates and employment by industry data for California and sub–state areas. Visit the complete release schedule for exact dates.

For the state, we release two series of data:

The greatest detail is provided for the “not seasonally-adjusted” series. These are the data used to compare the California statewide data with other geographic areas in the state.

Methodology and Data Limitations

A Census Designated Place (CDP) is an unincorporated area designated by the US Census Bureau for the decennial census. The CDPs shown in these reports were designated for the 2000 census. As with the cities, no boundary or census ratio changes have been made for population expansion, annexation or incorporation. For more information, see the Census Bureau's Census 2000 Geographic Terms and Concepts.

Only not seasonally-adjusted labor force (unemployment rates) data are developed for cities and CDPs. Estimates of employment by industry are not available.

Monthly sub–county data are derived by multiplying current estimates of county–wide employment and unemployment by the respective employment and unemployment shares (percentages) in each sub–county area at the time of the 2000 Census. Sub–county labor force is then obtained by summing employment and unemployment, and the result is divided into unemployment to calculate the unemployment rate. Based on Each Area's 2000 Census Share of County Employment and Unemployment*.

This method assumes that the rates of change in employment and unemployment, since 2000, are exactly the same in each sub–county area as at the county level (i.e., that the shares are still accurate). If this assumption is not true for a specific sub–county area, then the estimates for that area may not be representative of the current economic conditions. Since this assumption is untested, caution should be employed when using these data.

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Additional Definitions

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Data for Other Geographic Areas

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