SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The unemployment rate in San Diego County was 4.2 percent last month, down from 4.5 percent in January and below the 4.8 percent recorded in the same period last year, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.
The rate is near a post-recession low, trailing only December's 4.1 percent mark, according to EDD data.
San Diego's figure compares to 5.2 percent for California, and 4.9 percent for the U.S. as a whole. Neither the state or nationwide figures are seasonally adjusted.
"February's data shows unemployment rates dropping for the majority of jurisdictions in the region," said Phil Blair, of Manpower Staffing San Diego.
"Meanwhile, job posting intensity has steadily declined suggesting that employers are filling jobs more rapidly," Blair said. "Management, training and communications are among the most in-demand skills in current job postings."
Monthly job gains were seen in February in administrative and support services, around 2,000; local government education, 1,500; and healthcare and social assistance, around 1,100. Post-holiday retail job cutbacks continued last month, with 3,400 positions lost, the agency reported.
The region gained 26,700 nonfarm jobs since February 2016, according to the EDD.
The annual increases were led by construction and contracting, 4,000 jobs; local government education, 3,400; and ambulatory healthcare services, 3,000.
In February, 66,500 San Diegans were jobless, or 8,900 fewer than a year ago, out of a civilian labor force of nearly 1.57 million people.
The San Diego Police Department has launched an internal investigation into a program intended to reward officers for making drug arrests.
Since the shooting massacre last month at a Florida high school, at least 19 threats have been made against San Diego-area schools, and the San Diego County District Attorney's office has charged nine juveniles in connection with those threats and menacing messages.
Two people died early Sunday morning after a high-speed chase ended in a head-on crash in North County.
A warming trend that began Sunday in most of San Diego County will continue Monday with dry and warmer weather expected to continue until the middle of this week.
Police were involved a pursuit late Saturday that ended with a deadly officer-involved shooting in Escondido.
A man was shot and killed by police at an officer- involved shooting in Escondido, a sheriff's lieutenant said Sunday.
A man threw rocks at vehicles on Interstate 5 near Imperial Beach Sunday, and threatened police with a pickaxe as he ran into a riverbed.
San Diego Sen. Toni Atkins will make history Wednesday when she becomes the first woman and first lesbian to hold the California Senate's top job.
A 16-year-old boy was allegedly drunk when he crashed his car into a stopped vehicle, pinning a motorist between two bumpers, police said Sunday.
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.