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The San Diego County unemployment rate dropped to 8.7% in April from a revised 9.6% in March and 9.7% a year ago. The improvement partly reflected a decline in the labor force (those employed and those looking for work) of 12,400. Some discouraged workers are no longer looking for jobs. There was a sharp drop in the number of unemployed people of 14,400. The April data do not reflect some long-term unemployed who will be dropped from the rolls. They will affect the May numbers, says Joe Briceno of the California Employment Development Department. Between March and April, total nonfarm jobs rose 2,600. Professional and business services gained 1,400 jobs and scientific and technical services gained 1,500. Government jobs dropped 1,100.

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Visduh May 18, 2012 @ 7:41 p.m.

Sorry folks, but the story behind the numbers, some of which Don mentioned and some that he did not talk about, tell a dismal story. The good news is the drop of government jobs, and if that trend can continue, the number of private-sector jobs might start to really grow. At present, the job market locally remains stagnant. It's going to take some drastic action to get this economy back on track, and I can't think of a single person taking steps that would really make a difference.

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Don Bauder May 18, 2012 @ 9:15 p.m.

One major reason the unemployment rate declined is that a significant number of people obviously stopped looking for jobs, as reflected in the drop of the labor force. I agree the outlook is pretty dismal. One-month figures can be misleading. Best, Don Bauder

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