San Diego County Unemployment Rate Drops to 6.4% as Slow Recovery Continues

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The unemployment rate in San Diego County decreased to 6.4% in May, down from a revised 6.7% in April — but well below the year- ago rate of 15.6% as the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic were becoming clear — according to figures released Friday by the state Employment Development Department.

Statewide, the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate was 7.5% in May, down from 8.1% in April. The country posted a 5.5% unemployment rate in the same time period, down from 5.7% in April.

Between April and May, non-farm employment increased by 2,000, from 1,398,600 to 1,400,600 and agricultural employment increased by 300 to 9,400.

Leisure and hospitality added the most jobs over the month with an increase of 3,900 jobs — gaining for the fourth consecutive month. Accommodation and food services boosted the overall sector by 3,100 jobs — 79% of the total. Arts, entertainment, and recreation — up 800 jobs– completed the overall sectoral gain.

Government grew by 1,200 jobs, with local government — up 700 — and state government — up 600 — producing the overall increase. Federal government offset job additions with a loss of 100 jobs. Three other sectors recorded job additions: educational and health services — up 1,000 — trade, transportation, and utilities — up 900 — and information — up 200.