San Diego County’s unemployment rate last month was 6 percent, the lowest figure in nearly six years, the state Employment Development Department announced Friday.

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The last time the unemployment rate in the area was so low was June 2008, when it was 5.9 percent.

Unemployment in the region was down sharply from a revised 6.9 percent in March and below the 7.2 percent recorded in April 2013, according to the agency.

The local April figure compares to 7.3 percent for California and 5.9 percent for the U.S. The state and federal numbers are not seasonally adjusted.

The leisure and hospitality sector gained 3,100 jobs over the past month, with positions added in the hospitality, food services, drinking establishments, arts, entertainment and recreation areas, according to the agency.

Retail and wholesale trade added another 2,000 jobs, the agency reported.

The lowest rate in the county was Del Mar’s 3.1 percent, with only 100 out of work. The highest rate was National City’s 11.9 percent, where 2,900 were jobless.

Among other local cities, April jobless rates were:

  • San Diego, 6 percent
  • Oceanside, 5.7 percent
  • Chula Vista, 7.1 percent
  • Carlsbad, 3.9 percent
  • Escondido, 6.3 percent
  • Poway, 3.5 percent
  • El Cajon, 8.3 percent
  • La Mesa, 5 percent
  • San Marcos, 6 percent
  • Santee, 5 percent

An estimated 95,300 San Diegans were out of work in April, from a workforce of nearly 1.6 million.
The number of jobless in the region has dropped by 16.7 percent over the past year, while the size of the workforce has dropped by 0.2 percent.

— City News Service contributed to this report.

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