Susan Luzzaro 6:32 p.m., March 16
SD Gains Jobs in February; Unemployment Rate Drops
San Diego County gained 900 jobs in February compared with January, the first month-over-month gain since November of last year, according to the state's Employment Development Department. The February unemployment rate was 10.6%, down from a revised 11.1% in January. But the February rate was up sharply from 8.7% in February of 2009. Non-farm jobs went up 400 and farm jobs 500 in February from January. Educational and health services jobs rose 1,300 in the month. Professional and business services added 1,000 jobs. But retail jobs went down 1,600. From February of last year, the county lost 44,700 jobs.