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.
A decomposing body found inside a 55-gallon barrel that was floating in the San Diego Bay last month has been identified.
The always-heated topic of whether to begin holiday shopping on Thanksgiving Day will be raised again Thursday, as many chain stores will open their doors around San Diego one day before the so-called "Black Friday."
Temperature records were smashed across San Diego County Wednesday as the region hit the expected peak of a mini heat wave.
Ramona may be known for its horses and country living, but this Thanksgiving the town is reclaiming an old title.
The site of the blaze was the subject of a contested vote just last week in which the Escondido City Council voted 3-2 to approve a housing project, "The Villages," which would see 380 new homes built on the 109 acres of the abandoned golf course and country club.
Eight people were rescued and three remained missing after a U.S. Navy plane crashed into the western Pacific Ocean on Wednesday, the Navy said.
A San Diego State University student who died in September when she was struck by a car while attempting to cross Interstate 8 on foot had consumed at least eight shots of rum and had a blood-alcohol content of 0.29 percent, according to a coroner's report released Wednesday.
Three men were arrested Wednesday morning for allegedly firing shots in a Vista neighborhood then opening fire on responding sheriff's deputies.
At least two cars collided in the middle of a Camino Del Norte intersection leaving one vehicle overturned and blocking traffic.
Around 60,000 passengers are expected to pass through San Diego's Lindbergh Field daily during the upcoming holiday weekend.