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County unemployment rate keeps dropping

March hit 5.1 percent as county gained 8000 jobs

The San Diego County unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in March, down from a revised 5.3 percent in February, as 8000 nonfarm jobs were added in the month.

Government was the big gainer, adding 2000 jobs in the month. Local government accounted for 1600 of that sum, largely because of seasonal increases in local education employment.

Nonfarm jobs increased by 40,900 from March of last year. Professional and business services were the big gainers, adding a total of 9900 jobs year-over-year.

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The San Diego County unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in March, down from a revised 5.3 percent in February, as 8000 nonfarm jobs were added in the month.

Government was the big gainer, adding 2000 jobs in the month. Local government accounted for 1600 of that sum, largely because of seasonal increases in local education employment.

Nonfarm jobs increased by 40,900 from March of last year. Professional and business services were the big gainers, adding a total of 9900 jobs year-over-year.

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don bauder, What is the U6 rate??

April 17, 2015

danfogel: That's the third time you have asked for that. On Monday I will try to get it. Best, Don Bauder

April 17, 2015

don bauder Perhaps you could start to include the U6 rate in your stories. It gives a truer picture than just the U3.

April 17, 2015

danfogel: I agree U6 is very important. I will take your suggestion under consideration. Best, Don Bauder

April 17, 2015

Unemployment figures are as phony as a wooden watch. How many people got full time jobs? How many people got part-time jobs? How many people got jobs that pay a living wage with good benefits? How many were low wage low/no benefit jobs? How many of those employed qualify for welfare benefits? How many people have stopped looking for jobs?

April 18, 2015

AlexClarke: I agree that the unemployment figures do not touch on key aspects of the economy. Those figures are given more credence than they deserve. A number of people are counted as employed when they have worked a very short time in a given period.

The most important figure to look at is income -- median household income, etc. Right now, income numbers tell a gruesome story. Best, Don Bauder

April 18, 2015

how many persons had their unemployment payments expire ?

April 18, 2015

Murphyjunk: Those data are probably only available on a national basis, but that is just a guess. They would constitute an important piece of information. Best, Don Bauder

April 18, 2015

U6 NOT COMPUTED AT LOCAL LEVEl

Dan Fogel: According to the California Employment Development Department, the U6 unemployment calculation is computed for the national and state level, but not the local level. U-6 includes those working part-time who would like to have full-time jobs, discouraged workers who have given up looking for a job but say they want one and have looked in the last 12 months, and discouraged workers who have given up completely. Best, Don Bauder

April 20, 2015

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