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Employment Development Department
Employment Development Department

Labor Force and Unemployment Rates for Local Workforce Development Areas (Local Areas)

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Data for Other Areas

These data are updated monthly, and are currently available through October 2015. Only not seasonally adjusted labor force (unemployment rates) data are developed for Local Workforce Development Areas (Local Areas) (LWDA). Estimates of employment by industry are not available.

For additional release details, please visit the Data Release Schedule.

Labor Force Data by LWDA

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2014: Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | June | July | Aug | Sept | Oct | Nov | Dec

Annual Averages: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | Historical Data

Data Limitations

Some LWDA are composed of individual or a group of cities. Only not seasonally–adjusted labor force (unemployment rates) data are developed for these areas. Estimates of employment by industry are available for counties or MSA only.

Monthly sub–county data are derived by multiplying current estimates of county–wide employment and unemployment by the respective employment and unemployment shares (ratios) in each sub–county area. Sub–county labor force is then obtained by summing employment and unemployment.  That result is then divided into the unemployment to calculate the unemployment rate.  Sub-county areas are based on the 2010 Census. 

This method assumes that the rates of change in employment and unemployment are exactly the same in each sub–county area as at the county level (i.e., that the ratios 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.

About These Data

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.

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