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.
A 27-year-old man suffered fatal injuries as the result of a "punching game'' inside of a bar Saturday morning in the Gaslamp
neighborhood of San Diego.
SANDAG began removing call boxes along urban highways throughout the San Diego region this month and will continue to do so through June, reflecting a decrease in call volume due to the increase in cell phone ownership.
Authorities today announced that police have arrested a suspect in connection with Friday's sexual assault on the campus of San Diego Mesa College. The name of the suspect was not immediately released.
Showers will be mostly light Saturday morning, decreasing into early Saturday afternoon. Another round of showers expected to push through late afternoon ending late Saturday night.
Police Chief David Nisleit Friday strongly disavowed what he described as an unofficial, "never authorized" departmental program that rewarded officers for making narcotics arrests.
On Friday, San Diego Police announced their search for a suspect involved in a robbery off the San Diego State University campus.
A court-appointed receiver has taken control of a Pacific Beach "hoarder house" that has accumulated trash, created unsafe conditions for children and harbored vermin in recent years, the San Diego City Attorney's Office announced Friday.
The owners of Hauser's Patio reached out to News 8 Friday morning asking to be put in contact with the couple who had their furniture stolen from their patio in Pacific Beach this week.