SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The unemployment rate in San Diego County dropped to 6.4 percent last month, the lowest level since September 2008, the state Employment Development Department announced Friday.
The figure compares with a revised 6.9 percent reported by the EDD for November.
The seasonally unadjusted statewide unemployment rate for December was 7.9 percent, while the rate was 6.5 percent in the U.S., according to the agency.
The EDD data showed the jobs picture was helped by retail hiring during the holidays and new positions in healthcare.
Out of a civilian job force of around 1.6 million, the number of unemployed people in San Diego County was 101,800, the EDD reported. There were 29,000 fewer jobless San Diegans than December 2012, and around 23,000 more who were working, the data showed.
For 2013 as a whole, the job-losing industries in San Diego were manufacturing, which shed 1,600 positions, and information -- such as publishing and broadcasting, which dropped 500 employees.
However, construction -- a hard-hit sector during the recession -- added 5,700 positions over the course of last year. Education and health services gained even more, 6,200 jobs.
Leisure and hospitality jobs -- mainly in restaurants and hotels -- picked up 5,600 jobs last year, according to the EDD.
A Pacific storm that promises to heavily douse much of Southern California this week will deliver a considerably less dramatic infusion of precipitation in the San Diego area, according to the National Weather Service.
The National Weather Service is predicting rain around San Diego County this week, potentially heavy rain on Thursday. People in unincorporated areas can get free sandbags at numerous locations to help them protect their homes, properties and communities.
An increased police presence is expected Wednesday at Serra High after a threatening message was written on a school wall.
A Mexican woman in the U.S. illegally who was dragged away from her daughters by authorities in a widely viewed video was being released on her own recognizance Tuesday by an immigration judge in Southern California.
After a nearly three-hour public hearing, the City Council voted 8-1 Tuesday to approve a facility that would allow homeless people to store their valuables.
Kevin Towers, the former San Diego Padres player, scout and executive, will be posthumously inducted into the Padres Hall of Fame in a pre-game ceremony on May 12, the team announced Tuesday.
A flamingo that mysteriously appeared in the South Bay last month - like most people - seems to not want to leave San Diego.
Authorities Tuesday released the name of the 27-year- old victim who was fatally injured while playing a "punching game" with an acquaintance in a Gaslamp Quarter sports bar.