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.
The San Diego Rescue Mission opened its doors to the homeless community on Saturday for its annual Thanksgiving celebration.
A man died after his body caught fire, police said Saturday. At 11:30 p.m. Friday, police received a call regarding a person on fire in a field near 5200 Pacific Highway in Mission Bay Park, according to the San Diego Police Department.
Hoping for the best but preparing for the worst, local business owners and first responders teamed up for an all-to-real feeling hazard drill on Saturday.
A 5-year-old girl who was abducted from New York by her 32-year-old mother, who does not have custody of the child, was found safe Saturday in San Diego, police said.
Before Saturday, Marine veteran Joshua Ray, his wife and six children had just one vehicle to use for all of their family business, and Ray had to take the train from Oceanside to San Diego every day to get to work.
A sea of pink will travel through San Diego starting Friday for the Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day. The 60 mile journey kicks off early Friday morning and ends Sunday evening at the final destination – the celebratory Closing Ceremony.
A man arrested on suspicion of committing a murder in Imperial Beach earlier this week remained jailed Saturday.
Spencer Abbott had two goals and two assists after missing two games and Eric Fehr scored twice in his debut with the San Diego Gulls in an 8-3 victory over the Tucson Roadrunners Friday night.
On Friday, a fourth woman came forward with disturbing allegations of sexual assault by a San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputy.
Malcolm Young, the rhythm guitarist and guiding force behind the bawdy hard rock band AC/DC who helped create such head-banging anthems as "Highway to Hell," ''Hell's Bells" and "Back in Black," has died.