County’s unemployment rate drops

By City News Service

The unemployment rate in San Diego County dropped to 10.4 percent in April, down from 11 percent in March, the state Employment Development Department reported May 21.

A year ago in April, the unemployment rate in the county was 8.8 percent, according to the EDD.

California’s jobless rate, seasonally adjusted, was 12.6 percent last month, compared to 9.9 percent nationwide, according to EDD figures.

The county gained 2,200 more jobs than it lost between March and April, for a total of 1.2 million jobs, the EDD said.

The leisure and hospitality sector saw the most gains in April, with 1,100 new jobs, followed by 900 new jobs in government and 500 each in construction and professional/business services, the EDD reported.

The largest declines were seen in the trade/transportation/utility sector, which lost about 900 jobs and retail, down 600.

Since April 2009, San Diego County lost 22,000 more nonfarm jobs and 700 more farm jobs than it gained, according to the EDD. The biggest drops were: 5,800 lost manufacturing jobs, 4,600 construction jobs; 3,900 in trade/transportation/utilities and 3,400 in government.

Only education and health saw a one-year gain, of 4,000 jobs, the EDD reported.