Matthew Lickona 7 a.m., April 24
December unemployment drops
County gains 700 jobs in final month
The San Diego County unemployment rate fell to 8.1% in December from 8.4% in November and 9% a year ago, according to the Employment Development Department. Not surprisingly, retail trade jobs rose 1,800. Thus, the December improvement was in significant part seasonal. Educational and health care jobs each rose 1,700 in the month. However, leisure and hospitality jobs were down 1,100.