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Despite Gains, County Unemployment Rate Still at 20%; New Department of Public Social Services Website

LA Controller’s Map showing job losses by neighborhood.

More bleak news today, as L.A. Controller Ron Galperin released an updated “COVID-19 Job Losses in L.A.” map, which shows that even though Los Angeles regained 16,000 jobs last month, the county is still down a total of 252,000 jobs since the pandemic hit. Originally released last month, Galperin’s map illustrates where L.A. lost approximately 268,000 jobs in March and April due to the coronavirus shutdown. Monday’s update details slight gains in May after major sectors of the economy began to reopen. The data in the map is based on the state’s most recent employment numbers.

“Although unemployment in Los Angeles is still over 20 percent, we’ve started to regain jobs in certain industries,” said Controller Galperin. “This is a positive sign for thousands of families, but it remains to be seen whether the trend will continue. There are still many neighborhoods in Los Angeles — especially those with higher concentrations of African American and Latino families, immigrants, low-income renters and single-parent households — that will need additional resources to recover from COVID-19.”

Takeaways from Galperin’s updated COVID-19 Job Losses map:

Industries with the most job gains in May:

  • Accommodation and Food Service: gained 5,000 jobs or 3% over the prior month. With the state reverting back to restrictions on certain business operations, like bars and indoor dining, these gains could be reversed.
  • Waste Management: gained 4,700 jobs or 4% over the prior month.
  • Construction: gained 4,200 jobs or 8% over the prior month.
  • Manufacturing: gained 4,000 jobs or 4% over the prior month.

Industries with the most job losses in May:

  • Information: down 6,500 jobs or 4% over the prior month.
    Education: down 2,400 jobs or 2% over the prior month.
  • L.A. neighborhoods have an estimated 15 percent to 20.4 percent fewer jobs now than they did before COVID-19 — with a citywide average of 17% fewer jobs.

Neighborhoods where the most residents lost jobs since February:

  • The neighborhood of Toluca Lake lost the highest percentage of jobs since February, down 20.4%.
    Hollywood Hills lost 20.1% of jobs.
  • Hollywood lost 19.9% of jobs.
  • Council District 4 experienced the steepest job decline since February with an estimated 26,000 fewer jobs, or 18.9%.

View the job losses map here. The map also shows data by neighborhood or Council District.

Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) Launches new Website

To help residents who need social services, the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) has launched a new website.

“The new website gives residents access to benefit program information and links to the Your Benefits Now website so they can start their application in just a few minutes,” says DPSS Director Antonia Jiménez. “Information is presented in a visually appealing way for our customers and other visitors and makes it easier to understand benefit programs and eligibility requirements.”

The site’s modern, streamlined design simplifies the search process and organizes the information by specific services needed, such as cash assistance, health insurance, food and nutrition, employment services, and other critical services needed by low-income County residents. The site also provides valuable resource information for residents to learn more about what is available to them from partner agencies and community-based organizations.

Visit the new site at

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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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