Los Angeles, like New York, has suffered from urban flight that has persisted due to the delta variant. LA has recovered only 44% of its lost jobs since the start of the pandemic, and its net job decline of 8% ranks 45th of the largest 50 metros. Los Angeles is expected to recover all of its lost jobs in Q1 of 2023. Some industries have seen some growth since the start of the pandemic including couriers and express delivery services which has grown 33.9%, and scientific R&D (+4.2%). LA is expected to see average annual job growth of 0.5% over the five years to 2027, in line with the US average. Industries expected to contribute to growth include social services with 34% of the total jobs, restaurants and drinking places, and arts and entertainment.
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