SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego County unemployment rate dropped by a tenth of a percent to 3.5 percent in February amid "better-than-average" growth, according to data released Friday by the state Employment Development Department.
The number is down from 3.6 percent in January and down from 4.4 percent a year ago.
This puts the region's unemployment rate below both the statewide rate of 4.5 percent and the national rate of 4.4 percent, according to the state data.
Total non-farm employment in the county increased by 11,500 jobs, according to the state, leaving the total non-farm workforce at 1,463,700.
Farm employment also increased by 400 jobs, from 7,900 to 8,300.
Professional business services led the month's growth, adding more than 5,300 jobs, the new data show. Other areas with healthy growth included construction, with an increase of 2,900 jobs, government, with an increase of 2,600 jobs, and manufacturing, with an increase of 600 jobs.
Trade, transportation and utilities jobs continued to decline from the previous month, shedding 2,600 jobs.
The county has added nearly 28,000 jobs since February 2017, officials reported.
Day 2 of The Susan G. Komen 3-Day, a 60-mile walk to support breast cancer research and programs starts up again Saturday. Walkers will continue their journey through Ocean Beach, Mission Bay Park, Tecolote Shores and De Anza Cove Park.
Residents of Malibu forced to evacuate because of the Woolsey Fire were returning to their homes on Saturday and getting some vital services back, as firefighters battled the huge blaze for a 10th day.
Weak onshore flow returns late Friday morning. Inland areas will remain dry but with light winds. Morning fog possible Saturday morning as marine layer returns.
Cool weather helped fire crews gain ground Thursday against the nation's deadliest wildfire in a century, as the search went on for more bodies. At least 56 people were killed and 300 were unaccounted for a week after the flames swept through.
A man died after being found with a gunshot wound at a park in Mountain View early Saturday morning, police said.
A man was injured when he was shot while standing on a street corner in Lincoln Park early Saturday, police said.
Police are asking for the public's help in locating an elderly woman who went missing from her son's Mira Mesa home.
A power outage in central San Diego affecting over 2,200 homes in University Heights, North Park, Normal Heights, Kensington, Talmadge, and West State College was reported early Saturday morning just after 7:00 a.m.
The Dewey Elementary School, which serves a large number of military families, on Friday put out a call for donations as their Winter Wonderland Fundraiser fast approaches.