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We are the newly created Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO)


DEO helps unlock LA County’s economic potential by connecting workers to quality jobs, streamlining resources for businesses, and building vibrant, diverse communities.

The newly established department will further elevate the importance of unlocking our regional economic potential and ensuring economic sufficiency, mobility, and sustainability for all residents of LA County.

We’ll help you launch your career!

Connect with our LA County America’s Job Centers of California (AJCC) career specialists to kick start your dream career! Our specialists will provide:

  • self-assessments
  • local job market information
  • access to financial assistance for job training
  • interview support and more

To access virtual or in-person AJCC services, visit ajcc.lacounty.gov or call (888) 226-6300.

The application for our Youth@Work Elevate program is officially open! Elevate will provide 500 opportunity youth (foster care involvement, justice involvement, LGBTQ+ and youth experiencing homelessness) with:

  • career mentorship
  • wrap-around supportive services
  • trauma-informed personal enrichment training
  • 400 hours of paid work experience with employers in high growth sectors that are willing to commit to post-program employment

Interested youth can apply here and employers who would like to host youth can apply here.

We’ll help you boost your business!

Through our Office of Small Business (OSB), we offer resources and services that include:

  • 1:1 counseling
  • business workshops
  • referrals for legal assistance and financing
  • business certifications
  • preference programs for County contracting
  • technical assistance to compete for other public contracting opportunities

Call (844)432-4900 to schedule an appointment for OSB services, email concierge@opportunity.lacounty.gov for general business assistance or ptac@opportunity.lacounty.gov for help with contracting opportunities.

We’re virtual and in-person.

DEO operates 19 America’s Job Centers of California throughout LA County. Each AJCC offers in-person and virtual:

  • job preparation and training job seekers
  • paid work experiences for job seekers
  • general supportive services for job seekers
  • recruitment and training for businesses
  • layoff aversion for businesses
  • hiring incentives for businesses
  • high road training partnerships for businesses

To access virtual or in-person AJCC services, visit ajcc.lacounty.gov or call (888) 226-6300. 

Latest News


9/22/2022

“The Los Angeles County Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is releasing an Invitation for Bids (IFB) to qualified proposers to administer the County of Los Angeles Loan Servicing and Consulting Services Program, which issues small loans to small businesses that are funded with a variety of local and federal monies within Los Angeles County. DEO is seeking a Contractor to provide monetary and non-monetary Loan Servicing and Consulting Services to small businesses currently part of the DEO’s loan portfolio.”

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