Los Angeles Jobs Report for December 2017

By Paul Love January 30, 2018 at 7:13pm

Review the latest Los Angeles-area jobs data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Employment growth in Los Angeles

In December 2017, the Los Angeles area added 6,000 new jobs. From November 2016 to November 2017, overall employment increased 0.8 percent for the area.

Unemployment rate in Los Angeles

In December 2017, the unemployment rate for the Los Angeles area was 4.4 percent. Year over year, the area’s unemployment rate declined by 0.7 percent.

California had an unemployment rate of 4.3 percent in December, and the national unemployment rate was 4.1 percent.

Wages and salaries in Los Angeles

Los Angeles-area wages and salaries increased by 3.2 percent for the 12-month period ended September 2017. This is above the national average, which saw a 2.6 percent increase for the same period.

Job openings in Los Angeles

See Robert Half’s job openings in Los Angeles and the surrounding area.

Job candidates in Los Angeles

Browse Robert Half’s job candidates in Los Angeles to find the right person for your open position.


DECEMBER 2017 | LOS ANGELES MONTHLY JOBS SUMMARY

JOBS ADDED*

6,000 LOS ANGELES

52,700 CALIFORNIA

148,000 U.S.

* Preliminary

Source: California Employment Development Department, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

SKILLED CANDIDATES IN SHORT SUPPLY

CFOs were asked, “In general, how challenging is it for your company to find skilled candidates for professional-level positions today?” Their responses:*

Very challenging 20%
Somewhat challenging 45%
Not challenging 24%
Not applicable/not looking 12%

*Responses do not total 100% due to rounding

Source: Robert Half survey of more than 2,200 CFOs from companies in more than 20 of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

4.4% LOS ANGELES
4.3% CALIFORNIA
4.1% U.S.

Source: California Employment Development Department, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

LOS ANGELES UNEMPLOYMENT RATE OVER THE PAST 12 MONTHS

4.9% JANUARY 2017
4.8% FEBRUARY 2017
4.6% MARCH 2017
4.5% APRIL 2017
4.4% MAY 2017
4.4% JUNE 2017
4.5% JULY 2017
4.8% AUGUST 2017
4.9% SEPTEMBER 2017
4.7% OCTOBER 2017
4.5% NOVEMBER 2017
4.4% DECEMBER 2017

Source: California Employment Development Department, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

© 2018 Robert Half. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans.

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