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San Diego Unemployment Drops To 7 Percent

The unemployment rate in San Diego County in April was 7 percent, down from a revised 7.7 percent in March and below the estimate of 8.6 percent in April 2012, the state Employment Development Department reported today.

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Above: This undated photo shows a client walking out of San Diego County's unemployment office.

Statewide, the unemployment rate was 8.5 in April and 7.1 percent nationwide. Neither the state or federal figures are seasonally adjusted.

The leisure and hospitality industry recorded the largest gain in San Diego County between March and April, adding 2,400 positions, according to the EDD. Jobs in accommodation and food services accounted for about 75 percent of the growth in that sector.

About 2,300 jobs were also added over the month in the trade, transportation and utilities sector, the EDD reported.

About 2,000 positions were lost in the professional and business services sector, mainly in professional, scientific and technical services, according to the EDD.

The EDD reported that 2,800 non-farm jobs have been added in San Diego County between March and April, while 300 agricultural jobs were gained.

The largest increase since April 2012 came in professional and business services and educational and health services, which added 6,300 jobs each, according to the agency. Around 25,100 non-farm jobs have been added since in San Diego County over the year.

According to the EDD, 111,900 San Diegans were unemployed last month, out of a civilian labor force of about 1.6 million. The figures are not seasonally adjusted.

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RichardRider | May 18, 2013 at 3:32 p.m. ― 3 years, 10 months ago

While our job situation is DEFINITELY improving, the story neglects to detail what is the FAR bigger factor reducing our unemployment -- people are giving up looking for work.

But look at the numbers. The story is there.

According to this article, 3,100 net new April jobs dropped the unemployment rate a remarkable ,7% to 7.0%. Current county unemployment (after the new jobs were added) is 111,900. If 3,100 jobs reduces the county's unemployment .7%, then 31,000 new jobs would reduce the county unemployment to ZERO! But 111,900 minus 31,000 is a tad higher than zero.

Come on, KPBS, check with someone who comprehends junior high math.

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RLA | May 19, 2013 at 10:10 a.m. ― 3 years, 10 months ago

One day we learn that 1 million people in California have or soon will lose their unemployment benefits - the next next day we learn the the unemployment rate has dropped! An economic miracle? No, just more misuse of statistics to make both state and federal government look good. If you don't get "unemployment benefits" benefits you are not unemployed, at least not as far as the government is concerned.

The fact is that despite the critical problem level of unemployment here in California the state continues to drive out jobs that can support a middle class life. KPBS should be doing more in depth looks into real issues rather than blithely reporting the incorrect, overly optimistic, forecasts of these faulty statistics.

As the failed "Green Jobs" revolution continues here who will be left to donate to KPBS? Is a state full of minimum wage, part time, hospitality and service workers and a few well to do academics an adequate demographic for a successful Pledge Week? I think not.

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roadrunner | May 21, 2013 at 7:48 p.m. ― 3 years, 10 months ago

Hey, I'm about to lose my job, after 7 years with the same business. I'd say we haven't seen the end of the unemployment situation. And that's not to mention that people are working longer hours for less pay, or have just dropped out. Many of my neighbors have moved to other parts of the country as well. Do a little more investigating, KPBS.

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