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New numbers show county's unemployment rate has gone down

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego County's unemployment rate was 9.7 percent in September, down from 10.2 percent in August and 10.5 percent in September 2010, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

The figures were not seasonally adjusted.

The state unemployment rate was 11.4 percent and the nation's 8.8 percent, according to the report.

The county's non-farm employment dropped by 3,600 jobs over the month, but was 17,300 more than last year, the report stated.

Employment increased in the government sector in September, but the leisure and hospitality and construction industries experienced decreases, the report stated.

Leisure and hospitality saw the greatest increase over the past year, adding 5,400 jobs, the report stated. Four other sectors also reported employment growth over the year -- professional and business services; educational and health services; trade, transportation and utilities; and financial activities.

Construction posted the greatest decline over the past year, losing 1,500 jobs, the report stated.

The preliminary number of San Diego-area residents who were unemployed last month was 152,700, down by 7,500 from a revised figure 160,200 in August, the report stated.

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