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San Diego County's Unemployment Rate Is Down

The local unemployment rate has ranged between 6.4 percent and 7 percent for the past seven months.

San Diego County's unemployment rate in March was 6.9 percent, down from a revised 7 percent in February, the state Employment Development Department announced today.

In March of last year, the unemployment rate in the region was 7.8 percent.

Statewide, the unemployment rate was 8.4 percent in March, compared to the U.S. mark of 6.8 percent. Neither the state nor federal figures are seasonally adjusted.

San Diego County gained 12,700 non-farm jobs between February and March, led by food services, health care and social assistance, higher education, and arts and entertainment, according to the EDD.

The state agency reported that out of a San Diego County civilian labor force of more than 1.6 million people, 110,700 were without jobs last month. That's roughly 14,000 fewer than March of last year.

The local unemployment rate has ranged between 6.4 percent and 7 percent for the past seven months.

—City News Service

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