Addressing Employment Inequality in the City of Long BeachRelease Date: 2018-08-29
By: Erika Van Sickel
Unemployment Rates in Long Beach City
All-time low unemployment rates for the City of Long Beach made headlines last June in the City’s Economic Development Department’s press release. The press release highlighted the 4.1% unemployment rate for the monthly rate of May 2018, recorded and published by the State Employment Development Department (EDD).
Nonetheless, taking a look at unemployment rates by census tracts reveals that the City of Long Beach has tracts with some of the highest unemployment rates in all of Los Angeles County, with rates as high as 33.63% in 2016 according to 5-year American Community Survey estimates. The tracts with higher unemployment rates are primarily located in the south central and downtown Long Beach areas of the city.
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