Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Watch Live


San Diego County unemployment rate decreases to 2.7%

A now hiring sign outside of Balboa Candy store in La Jolla, May 21, 2022.
Alexander Nguyen
A now hiring sign outside of Balboa Candy store in La Jolla, May 21, 2022.

San Diego County's unemployment rate dropped to 2.7% in May, down from 3% in April, according to figures released Friday by the state Employment Development Department.

May's unemployment rate was also considerably less than May 2021's rate of 6.6%. Last month's rates compare with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 3.4% for California and the nation during the same period.

According to the EDD, between April and May, nonfarm employment grew by 8,400 jobs, from 1,507,400 to 1,515,800. Agricultural jobs grew by 400 month-over-month.


Leisure and hospitality registered the most significant month-over-month payroll increase, adding 3,200 jobs. The additions were mainly concentrated in accommodation and food services — up 2,000 — followed by arts, entertainment and recreation with 1,200 added.

Between May 2021 and May 2022, nonfarm employment increased by 83,900 — around 5.9% growth. Agricultural employment increased by 200 jobs year-over-year.

Leisure and hospitality led the year-over increase, adding 36,900 jobs. Accommodation and food services saw an upswing of 29,200 jobs, whereas food services and drinking places employment increased by 22,600 jobs.

Employment grew by 18,100 in professional and business services. Payrolls increased in administrative and support and waste management and remediation services — up 9,600 — and in professional, scientific, and technical services — up 9,000. Management of companies and enterprises decreased employment levels by 500.

Every sector posted job gains year-over-year with the exceptions of manufacturing — which lost 800 jobs over the year — and mining and logging, which remained unchanged.