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San Diego County recorded encouraging employment gains in April, according to the state Employment Development Department. The number of unemployed persons was down 6.3 percent from March, although it was up 22.2 percent from a year ago. April's unemployment rate at 5.0 percent was down from a revised 5.3 percent in March, but up from 4.2 percent a year earlier. Construction jobs were up 0.5 percent from March, but off 9 percent from a year earlier. Retail jobs were off 0.8 percent in the month and financial jobs off 0.4 percent. Leisure and hospitality jobs were up 1.3 percent for the month and 3.0 percent over the year.

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mythusmage May 18, 2008 @ 3:35 a.m.

The first question is, compared to a population of what?

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Don Bauder May 18, 2008 @ 7:53 a.m.

Response to post #1: Total non-farm jobs: 1.303 million out of a population of 3 million. Best, Don Bauder

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Fred Williams May 20, 2008 @ 10:10 a.m.

It's not just the number of jobs, but the type of jobs that matter.

I'm concerned about our long-term prosperity if we continue to emphasize our role as a tourist destination. There is a sort of soul-poisoning that occurs when you get too much tourism domination. It becomes an us against them mentality that is no good for anyone.

In addition, these tourism jobs tend to be low income.

Where are our manufacturing jobs? Other than biotech, what sectors do we lead?

If you like, please put your information on www.changesandiego.org

Thank you,

Fred

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Don Bauder May 20, 2008 @ 12:27 p.m.

Response to post #3: Tourism jobs are rising, but you are correct: the pay is low -- often minimum wage. There are only 101,300 manufacturing jobs out of a total of 1.3 million non-farm jobs. That's below 8 percent. Despite all the hoopla about biotechs, they provide about 2 percent of San Diego County jobs. Best, Don Bauder

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