Unemployment down in San Diego County

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The State Employment Development Department reported Friday that the unemployment rate in San Diego in December was 4.7 percent, down from the 4.8 percent from the month before and below 5.5 percent from December 2014.

The San Diego region’s figure compared with a 5.8 percent statewide unemployment rate, and was just below the 4.8 percent for the U.S. as a whole.

Holiday period job growth was seen in retail, which gained 1,900 jobs last month.

Over the past year, San Diego County picked up 37,500 positions, including 9,400 new jobs in healthcare and social assistance, 6,900 spots in professional, scientific and technical services, and 5,800 construction jobs.

In December, 74,700 San Diegans were out of work, in a civilian labor force of nearly 1.57 million people.

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