The September unemployment rate in San Diego County was 4.6 percent, the lowest mark since June 2007, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.
The figure was lower than the revised 5.1 percent in August, and below the 6.1 percent level in September of last year, according to the EDD.
The agency reported that California’s unemployment rate in September was 5.5 percent, while it was 4.9 percent for the nation as a whole. Neither the state or national figures are seasonally adjusted.
San Diego County’s economy added 46,900 nonfarm jobs over the past year, with the biggest gain in the professional, scientific and technical sector, which increased by 9,600 positions. Accommodations and food services increased by around 8,000 jobs.
“It is always a great sign when growth is driven by high-tech sectors and goods-producing industries like construction and manufacturing,” said Mike Combs, research manager at the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. “These tend to be high paying jobs, and these industries tend to be more connected to local suppliers, which leads to even greater impacts throughout the region’s economy.”
Just between August and September, the government education sector added 4,600 positions as the school year got underway. Other increases were seen in heath care and construction.
Those gains were offset by losses at hotels, and the amusement, gambling and recreation category. Monthly job losses were also seen throughout several sub-categories of the financial sector and also in the retail trade.
About 72,300 San Diegans were unemployed in September out of a civilian labor force of more than 1.5 million people, according to the EDD.
City News Service contributed to this article.
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