SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The unemployment rate in San Diego County was 9.8 percent in April, down from the 10.2 percent in March and lower than the 10.3 percent recorded in the same period in 2010, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.
The numbers are not seasonally adjusted.
California's jobless rate was 11.7 percent in April, down from 12.3 percent in March and 12.2 percent rate from April of last year, according to the EDD. The rate in the United States was 8.7 percent, down from 9.2 percent in March.
Total nonfarm employment of more than 1.2 million increased by 2,400 jobs in San Diego County between March and April, led by new hires in the leisure and hospitality industry.
The EDD reported that 1,000 jobs in professional and technical services were lost.
Another 100 positions were dropped in the construction trades, a hard-hit industry that has lost about 1,700 jobs in the past year, according to EDD data.
A total of 151,500 people were unemployed in March in San Diego County, which has a labor force of almost 1.6 million.
Voters may have the opportunity to decide on the future of San Diego's hotel tax. Continuing the process, the city council will meet Monday to discuss whether Mayor Faulconer's proposed measure should appear on the ballot in a special election in November.
A fire that charred a garage, a fence and a little more than five acres of brush in Escondido was sparked by someone using a hand grinder on a vehicle near dry grass, authorities said.
Dense fog blanketed San Diego County Monday during the early morning hours. The sun was expected to break through between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.
Highway 94 between Jamul and Dulzura was opened Sunday as firefighters continued for a second day to battle a fast-moving, 1,500 acre brush fire in the East County back country.
A dolphin headed toward the shore in La Jolla this week received some help from a few bystanders – and a paddleboarder captured footage.
Three motorists were arrested for drunken driving and one was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia at a checkpoint in Chula Vista that ended Sunday, according to police.
City leaders were feeling the burn Saturday near Lindbergh Field. They suited up to take part in firefighter training drills.
Girl Scouts celebrated 100 years in San Diego Saturday, with a unique bridging ceremony held on the Cabrillo Bridge in Balboa Park.
A combative suspect who got into an altercation with sheriff's deputies Saturday morning and was tazed twice became unresponsive while being treated by paramedics at the scene and later died at a hospital, according to detectives.