February unemployment drops to 3.5 percent

County gains 11,500 nonfarm jobs

The unemployment rate in San Diego County dropped to 3.5 percent in February from a revised 3.6 percent in January, according to the March 23 California Employment Development Department report. The county gained 5300 jobs in professional and business services and 2900 in construction. Those are good economic signs, but leisure and hospitality dropped 100 jobs, portending slight tourism weakness.

Bostonia (near El Cajon) had the highest unemploymet rate at 6.9 percent. Solana Beach had the lowest at 1.4 percent.

Adjoining Imperial County, which has a chronic unemployment problem, had a rate of 16 percent. Tech-heavy Santa Clara County was at 2.9 percent.

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I wonder what the under employment rate is? And how many people working full time are still below the poverty line.

AlexClarke: To the best of my memory, the underemployed are not tracked on a community basis. Best, Don Bauder

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