Don Bauder 7:30 p.m., Aug. 29
Number of San Diego Unemployed Drops Sharply in April from March, but Is Still Up from a Year ago
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.