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San Diego's unemployment at 4.7-percent

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The unemployment rate in San Diego County held steady at 4.7 percent for the fourth month in a row in March, the state Employment Development Department announced Friday.

That compares to a rate of 5.4 percent in March 2015.

San Diego's figure compares to a 5.6 percent statewide unemployment rate, and 5.1 percent U.S. rate, the EDD said. Neither is seasonally adjusted.

According to the agency, the unemployment rate in San Diego has held at 4.7 percent since December. It was 4.8 percent in November.

Between February and March, hotel and food services gained 2,300 workers, while local government added about 1,900 employees -- primarily in education, the EDD data showed.

Over the past year, the biggest gains have been in healthcare and social assistance, adding around 6,600 positions, and administrative and support services, gaining around 4,500 jobs, according to the EDD.

In March, 73,800 San Diego County residents were without jobs out of a civilian labor force of 1.6 million people, the agency said.

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