California Unemployment

BLS employment measures for California

Resources | Packages | Documentation| Contacts| References



This file is a conversion of the BLS Local Area Unemployment (LAUS) file for California. The conversion breaks out parts of the series_id code, and includes a Census ACS geoid for most areas.

Measure Codes

The measure_code value indicates the type of measure:

measure_code    measure_text
03              unemployment rate
04              unemployment
05              employment
06              labor force

Local Area Unemployment Statistics Series Identifier

The following is a sample format description of the Local Area Unemployment Statistics’ series identifier:

                      1         2
Series ID    LAUCN281070000000003
Positions    Value            Field Name
1-2          LA               Prefix
3            U                [Seasonal Adjustment Code](
4-18         CN2810700000000  [Area Code](
19-20        03               [Measure Code]( )



Accessing Packages in Metapack

import metapack as mp
# ZIP Package
pkg = mp.open_package('')
# CSV Package
pkg = mp.open_package('') 

resource = pkg.resource('resource_name') # Get a resource
df = resource.dataframe() # Create a pandas Dataframe
gdf = resource.geoframe() # Create a GeoPandas GeoDataFrame


Urls used in the creation of this data package.

  • laus_ca_source. Link to source file
  • metapack+ San Diego County Boundary
  • censusgeo://US/cbsa. Census Core-Based Statistical Areas
  • censusgeo://US/csa. Census Combined Statistical Areas
  • censusgeo://CA/place. Census Defined Places
  • censusgeo://CA/county. Census Counties
  • censusgeo://US/state. Census States

Last Modified 2019-01-03T22:56:36