Unemployment rates fall again in San Diego – NBC 7 San Diego
The unemployment rate in San Diego County fell to 6.7% in April, from 7.8% revised in March, but well above the rate of 15.9% a year ago, when the worst Economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic were starting to surface, according to figures released today by the National Department of Employment Development.
Statewide, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.1% in April, down from 8.2% in March. The country posted an unemployment rate of 5.7% during the same period, down from 6.2% in March.
Between March and April, non-farm employment increased by 9,800, from 1,389,600 to 1,399,400, and agricultural employment remained unchanged at 9,100.
“Everyone is now waiting for June 15, when the governor will release the brakes on most of the economy,” said Lynn Reaser, chief economist at Point Loma Nazarene University. “If San Diego can find the workers, it will be ready to step forward. Our workforce will hold the keys to our recovery.”
Leisure and hospitality created the most jobs during the month – 7,000. Accommodation and food services boosted the entire industry to 5,700 jobs – 81% of the total – including 4,500 in catering establishments. Arts, entertainment and recreation – up 1,300 jobs – completed the overall sector gain.
âService sector employers continue to recruit heavily in their efforts to return to pre-pandemic employment levels, which will require hiring at least 40,000 workers,â said Daniel Enemark, senior economist at the San Diego Workforce Partnership.
Construction increased by 3,300, education and health services by 2,200, other services by 1,600, and administration and manufacturing each by 300.
Trade, transportation and utilities lost 2,300 jobs during the month. The loss was mainly in transportation, warehousing and utilities – down 1,600 jobs – followed by retail with 900 jobs lost, but offset by gains in wholesale, up 200. Three more Sectors posted declines, including professional and business services, which lost 2,000 jobs, financial activities losing 500 and news down 100 jobs. Mining and logging remained unchanged.
Between April 2020 and April 2021, non-farm employment increased by 132,200, or 10.4%. Agricultural employment increased by 700, or 8.3%.
Leisure and hospitality grew by 48,800 jobs, the biggest increase of the year. Accommodation and food services – up 45,100 jobs – accounted for 92% of the increase, with food services and drinking places increasing by 40,200 jobs. Arts, entertainment and recreation – up by 3,700 jobs – completed the sector gain. Despite the job gains, employment in leisure and hospitality is still below pre-pandemic levels. The last time, before 2020, employment was below 144,800, it was in March 2005
Trade, transport and public services increased by 24,700 jobs.
Government employment fell the most during the year, with 3,500 jobs lost. Local government led the loss with a drop of 5,900 jobs, followed by the federal government losing 100. The declines were offset by gains in state government – up to 2,500 jobs. The information sector fell by 200 jobs over the year.