SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Unemployment in San Diego County remained flat at 2.9 percent in May as the labor market remained tight, according to statistics released Friday by the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation.
That unemployment rate was 0.8 percent lower than a year ago, and the lowest since January 2000. It was also well below state and national averages of 3.7 and 3.6 percent, respectively.
The largest increases in employment came in the leisure and hospitality sector, which added 2,100 jobs. Education and health services saw the only declines of any industry group, shrinking by 300 jobs.
Only 1,293 new businesses were established in May, the worst performing month in the last two years. There were 72.5 percent fewer new businesses than the 12-month peak and 58.1 percent fewer than the 12-month rolling average.
Business consulting, restaurants and real estate management remained in the lead, adding 88 new businesses.
Solana Beach had the lowest unemployment rate in May: 1.2 percent. National City, at 4 percent unemployment, had the highest and only unemployment rate to rise in May.
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A group of 376 Central Americans was arrested in southwest Arizona, the vast majority of them families who dug short, shallow holes under a barrier to cross the border, authorities said Friday.
The San Diego Women’s March is set to kick off Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at Waterfront Park on Harbor Drive.
Despite the partial government shutdown, TSA workers have been on the job without pay. On Friday, San Diego-based Pizza Nova delivered food to federal workers at San Diego International Airport.
A San Marcos man is planning to run seven marathons in seven consecutive days on seven continents – and he is doing it all with type one diabetes.
Two masked thieves used a pickup truck early Friday morning to ram their way into a Ramona grocery store and pull an ATM off its moorings so they could steal it, authorities said.
County offices including libraries and animal shelters will close Monday, Jan. 21 for the federal holiday in observance of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.