SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The unemployment rate in San Diego County was 9.6 percent in May, down from the 9.8 percent in April and lower than the 10.1 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 11.4 percent in May, down from 11.7 percent in April and 11.9 percent in May of last year, according to the EDD.
The rate in the United States was 8.7 percent, the same as in April.
Total nonfarm employment of more than 1.2 million increased by 7,300 jobs in San Diego County between April and May, with significant gains in hospitality, real estate, finance and government.
Even the construction industry, hard hit by the recession, added 500 jobs in the past month, according to EDD data. The building trades are still 1,700 jobs from May of 2010, however.
A total of 149,500 people were unemployed in May in San Diego County, which has a labor force of almost 1.6 million.
The unemployment rate in San Diego County has dropped in four of the last five months, according to the EDD.
California officials quickly determined an arsonist started last month's huge wildfire southeast of Los Angeles, and that two weeks earlier sparks from a vehicle produced a deadly wildfire in the far northern part of the state.
A downtown San Diego high-rise condo complex was evacuated early Sunday morning due to a water pipe bursting.
The showdown begins Monday between the Trump administration and a handful of states opposed to relaxing fuel economy standards .
A 37-year-old man riding a bicycle was hit by a vehicle, seriously injured, and the driver sped off, officials said Sunday.
An armed man robbed an eatery in Rancho Bernardo, pistol whipped an employee there, but was unable to keep the money he had taken when he ran into a pillar during his escape, dropping the money but not his gun, a police officer said Sunday.
A 64-year-old man collapsed and died on a hiking trail in the Cleveland National Forest near Alpine, the county Sheriff's Department said Sunday.
Cooler Sunday into Monday as a trough transits across the West Coast. Temperatures warm again through mid-week.
San Diegans and tourists alike headed to the coast to take in all that the first day of fall has to offer.