Unemployment in San Diego Just 3.5% as 21,000 Jobs Added Over Past Year

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The trend in the unemployment rate in San Diego County. Courtesy EDD

The unemployment rate in the San Diego County dropped to 3.5 percent in July, down from a revised 3.7 percent in June, the California Economic Development Department reported Friday.

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The rate has been declining steadily for more than two years, and had recently fallen below 3 percent before ticking up in June.

Last year in July the unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, and it was over 5 percent in July 2016.

During the past year the number of non-farm jobs in the county grew by 21,200 to 1,471,700. The major areas of job growth were in professional and technical services, education and health, and manufacturing.

“Job growth continues to track well with our competitor California metros,” said Sean Karafin, vice president of policy and economic research at the San Diego Regional Chamber. “While we can’t anticipate the same levels of added jobs given the very low unemployment rate, we are encouraged by the continued growth of the professional, scientific, and technical services industries shown in this month’s jobs report.”

The San Diego figures compare with an unemployment rate of 4.4 percent for California as a whole and 4.1 percent for the nation in July.

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