We will support the growth of green economy sectors through our procurement practices, land use authority, and various economic and workforce development incentives.

Local Small Business Enterprises (LSBEs), Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (DVBEs), and Social Enterprises (SEs)

  • There have not been enough Scorecards published to illustrate trends or evaluate progress towards County goals.
  • The table below includes all of the data that has been published; there are not utilization rates for all categories.  The empty cells indicate missing data. Utilization rates for LSBEs have increase each year from FY 14 to FY 16 – from 2.39% to 6.54%; for DVBEs from 0.02% in FY 14 to 0.40% in FY 16; and only reported in FY 16 for SEs at 1.94%.
  • The Figure below is utilization rate over time for LSBEs, since that is the only category in which there is data for all 3 FYs, and shows an increase in utilization rate in each year.
  • The table shows utilization rate for all three business types for FY16-17.

Income Inequality

  • The Gini Index for LA County, and thus income inequality, increased by 3.9% from 2006 to 2017, from 0.484 to 0.5029.
  • From 2006 – 2017, LA County had a Gini Index that was consistently greater than that of the United States, the state of California, and San Diego County. During the same period, LA County consistently had a lower Gini Index than City of Los Angeles and San Francisco County.
  • The Gini Index for all of the selected geographies increased over this period, with a slight decrease only in 2010.
  • Note: a decrease in inequality could indicate that lower income residents have been pushed out.

Income, Poverty, and Living Wage

  • In 2017, 17% of the county population was below the federal poverty level. African Americans, Native Americans and Alaskan, and Hispanics of any race had poverty levels greater than the county average. All White, White non-Hispanics, Asians, and Pacific Islanders had a lower rate of poverty than the overall county.
  • Poverty rates were greatest in the South Central and Northwest areas of the county.
  • Between 41-58% percent of households in LA County made less than a living wage in 2017.
  • Census tracts with median incomes below the living wage were concentrated in the South Central and Northwest areas of the county.

Percent of Population below Federal Poverty Level by Census Tract (2017)

Median Income by Census Tract: above and below living wage (2017)


Participation and Placements in County Workforce Development and Job Training