Unemployment rate holds steady at 4.7 percent
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — For the fourth month in a row, unemployment in San Diego did not change, holding steady at 4.7 percent.
In March the data from the state Employment Development Department found that 73,800 of the 1.6 million people able to work in San Diego were without jobs.
The percentage is below the state’s 5.6 percent unemployment rate and the nation’s 5.1 percent unemployment rate and is also down compared to the rate in San Diego last year: 5.4 percent.
The 4.7 percent rate has remained unchanged since December of 2015. The month prior, it was 4.8 percent.
The hotel and food service industries gained 2,300 new workers between February and March and local government added about 1,900 employees, mostly in education, the EDD data found.
Over the past year though, the biggest gains have been in healthcare and social assistance. 6,600 new positions in administration and support services have been added leading to 4,500 new jobs, the EDD found.