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The San Diego unemployment rate in April dropped to 9.8% from 10.2% in March and 10.3% a year earlier, according to the California Employment Development Department.

The county gained 2,400 nonfarm jobs between March and April, and 13,400 over the previous 12 months.

The data suggest San Diegans may be eating and drinking more, and tourism continues to gain momentum. Leisure and hospitality jobs were up 3,300 from March. Accommodation and food services, up 2,200, accounted for 65% of the growth in that job sector. Jobs in food services and drinking places rose a stiff 1,900.

Arts, entertainment and recreation jobs went up 1,100. But government jobs were down 1,100 during the month. From April 2010 to April 2011, professional and business services added 7,400 jobs, or more than half the gain.

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