Don Bauder 10:30 p.m., July 24
Local Unemployment Drops Sharply
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.