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Unemployment Rate In San Diego Drops

The unemployment rate in San Diego County dropped to 10 percent in May, down from a revised 10.4 percent in April, the state Employment Development Department reported today.

A year ago in May, the unemployment rate in San Diego County was 9.3 percent, according to the EDD.

San Diego County gained about 8,400 jobs between April and May, most in the government sector, but employment also improved in leisure and hospitality, construction, manufacturing, professional and business services, trade, transportation and utilities, according to the EDD.

California's unemployment rate dropped slightly to 12.4 percent in May, compared to 12.5 percent the previous month, according to the EDD. The jobless rate in California in May of last year was 11.3 percent.

About 28,000 new jobs were created in California last month, according to the EDD.

"While the decline of our unemployment rate is welcome news, there are still far too many Californians out of work,'' Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said in a statement.

"To achieve full recovery, there must be accelerated hiring in the private sector, and that's exactly why we must not burden California employers and consumers with higher taxes,'' he said.

The national unemployment rate last month also decreased to 9.7 percent, according to the EDD.

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