Construction workers order from a food truck at the Broadway Block site on the corner of Broadway and Long Beach Boulevard Tuesday, March 1, 2022. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

After declining every month since July 2021, unemployment in Long Beach increased in June, according to data released by the California Employment Development Department on Friday.

The city’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.6%—just below its pre-pandemic low of 4.8%—in May but jumped to 5.3% in June, state data shows. Los Angeles County’s rate increased the same amount, from 4.5% in May to 5.2% last month.

The overall state unemployment rate also increased, up to 4% from 3.8%.

“After an impressive start to the year, in which the state added jobs at a rate 20% higher than the rest of the nation, we shouldn’t over-interpret a slowdown in one month,” Taner Osman, research manager at Beacon Economics and the UC Riverside Center for Economic Forecasting said in a statement. “Still, California’s tight labor market has not eased up and will continue to act as a constraint on job growth.”

The city’s rate remains higher than about 68% of the county’s 134 cities and census areas, according to state data. Only 25.4% of areas have higher unemployment rates than Long Beach.

Eight cities have the same unemployment rate as Long Beach: Baldwin Park, Covina, El Segundo, LA, Norwalk, Pico Rivera, Pomona and South Gate.

In Long Beach, the labor force shrank by 2,300 month-over-month to 229,600 in June. The number of unemployed residents, meanwhile, increased by 1,500 to 12,100.

Countywide, the labor force decreased by 46,900 people to 4,960,500, while the number of unemployed residents jumped by 33,800 to 256,700.

Across the state, 93.6% of the jobs lost in March and April 2020 as the pandemic set in have been recovered, according to the analysis Beacon and UCR. Health care saw the most payroll gains, followed by government, retail, leisure and hospitality, information and manufacturing.

Various sectors, including administration support, construction and others, posted job losses statewide in June, according to the analysis.

In LA County, leisure and hospitality saw the largest month-over-month increase with 5,200 new jobs, with accommodation and food services accounting for 98% of the gains. Trade, transportation and utilities, construction, financial activities and government also expanded countywide.

Education and health services was the only sector to decline in LA County last month, losing 7,200 jobs, according to the EDD.

Brandon Richardson is a reporter and photojournalist for the Long Beach Business Journal.