The national unemployment rate was 8.2% in March. Think of that as the national average. Think of it as par for the course.
The unemployment rate in Los Angeles, by contrast, was 13.3% that month. That's 5.1 percentage points above average, or 62% higher that the national average. Ouch. Way over par.
But what does that mean in terms of people out of work?
The number of unemployed people in L.A. in March was 256,762. Remember: that's with a 13.3% unemployment rate. If Villaraigosa and the City Council had done just an average job at governing, and achieved an 8.8% unemployment rate, then 98,456 of those people would have jobs.
Bottom line: the numbers indicate that Villaraigosa and the City Council have run the City so badly that they cost nearly 100,000 their jobs.