Labor Force & Unemployment Data

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"Labor Force Data" includes these detailed items: civilian labor force, employment (the number employed), unemployment (the number unemployed), and the unemployment rate. These data are updated monthly and are currently available through September 2014.


United States:

California:

US, California and Los Angeles County

Counties

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2014:
Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep

2013:
Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec

Annual Averages:
2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | Historical Data | Maps

Historical Data:
Data Search Tool (Advanced Search)

1990 to Present - California, MSA, Counties - Comma-delimited text data file

Maps of Unemployment Rates and Jobs (maps in color)

Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA)

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2014:
Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep

2013:
Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec

Annual Averages:
2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | Historical Data

Seasonally Adjusted MSA Data

Historical Data:
Data Search Tool (Advanced Search)

1990 to Present - California, MSA, Counties - Comma-delimited text data file

Local Workforce Investment Areas

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2014:
Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep

2013:
Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec

Annual Averages:
2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | Historical Data

Historical Data - Data Search Tool

Sub-County Areas (Cities and Towns):

Annual Averages (all California counties and their sub-areas):
2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | Historical Data

Historical Data - Data Search Tool

Labor Surplus Area List from the U.S. Employment and Training Administration (ETA)

Individual Area Files: ( Data Description)
County Monthly/Annual
Average Data
(Excel)
Sub-County Areas
(Current Month)
(Excel)
Current
Month Employment
(Press Release)
(PDF)
California, Seasonally Adjusted 1990-current
1976-1989
N/A Current Month
California, Not Seasonally Adjusted
(Use these data when comparing
Statewide to counties or MSAs)
1990-current
1976-1989
Sub-County Areas Current Month
All County Files 1990-current Statewide - All Areas All Areas
Alameda 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Alpine 1990-current N/A Current Month
Amador 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Butte 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Calaveras 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Colusa 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Contra Costa 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Del Norte 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
El Dorado 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Fresno 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Glenn 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Humboldt 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Imperial 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Inyo 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Kern 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Kings 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Lake 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Lassen 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Los Angeles, Seasonally Adjusted 1990-current
1976-1989
N/A Current Month
Los Angeles, Not Seasonally Adjusted
(Use these data when comparing
LA County to other counties or MSAs)
1990-current
1976-1989
Sub-County Areas Current Month
Madera 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Marin 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Mariposa 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Mendocino 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Merced 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Modoc 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Mono 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Monterey 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Napa 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Nevada 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Orange 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Placer 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Plumas 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Riverside 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Sacramento 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
San Benito 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
San Bernardino 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
San Diego 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
San Francisco 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
San Joaquin 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
San Luis Obispo 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
San Mateo 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Santa Barbara 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Santa Clara 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Santa Cruz 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Shasta 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Sierra 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Siskiyou 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Solano 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Sonoma 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Stanislaus 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Sutter 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Tehama 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Trinity 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Tulare 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Tuolumne 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Ventura 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Yolo 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month
Yuba 1990-current Sub-County Areas Current Month

N/A = Data not available

Individual Areas Data Description:
  1. Monthly and Annual Average Data for Civilian Labor Force, Employment, Unemployment, and Unemployment Rate for all areas. Seasonally adjusted monthly data are available for California and Los Angeles County only.

  2. Labor Force Data for Sub-County Areas are for sub-county areas such as cities and towns. Historical Data by Month

  3. Current Month Employment (Press Release) compares the current month with the previous two months and the corresponding month one year ago. May include description analysis for major MSAs.

Additional Resources:
Calculating Sub-county Area Labor Force Data for Historical Time Periods
How are the California and county labor force data developed?
Information on the North American Industry Classification System
What's the difference between "Employment" and "Total, All Industries" on industry files?
What does "seasonally–adjusted" mean?
What is a "Benchmark"?