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L.A. County Jobless Rate Soars Thanks to Continuing Pandemic

Published on Friday, May 22, 2020 | 2:07 pm

The dire economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic were laid bare Friday with the release of figures putting Los Angeles County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate at 19.6% in April, well above the 6.7% rate in March.

The 19.6% rate dwarfed the 4.5% unemployment level from April 2019, according to the state Employment Development Department.

In Orange County, where seasonally adjusted numbers were not available, the April jobless rate was 13.8%.

Statewide, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 15.5% in April, up from 5.5% in March and well above the 4.2% level in April 2019. The comparable estimates for the nation were 14.7% in April, 4.4% in March and 3.6% in April 2019.

According to the EDD, total nonfarm employment in Los Angeles County dropped by 685,000 jobs between March and April, a 15% decline, dropping the number of positions to just under 3.9 million jobs.

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