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Local unemployment keeps dropping

Plunged to 3.3 percent in November

San Diego County non-farm unemployment dropped to 3.3 percent in November from a revised 3.7 percent in October and 4.3 percent a year ago.

The big gainer was retail employment, a seasonal phenomenon. Retail employment rose by 6300. But another sector that should grow in the holidays, drinking and food service, lost 2300 jobs, the largest month-over-month decline.

The county gained 20,800 jobs from a year ago, a gain of 1.4 percent. The highest county rate in November was Bostonia (near El Cajon) at 5.9 percent. Imperial Beach followed at 5.1 percent. The lowest was Del Mar at 0.3 percent.

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San Diego County non-farm unemployment dropped to 3.3 percent in November from a revised 3.7 percent in October and 4.3 percent a year ago.

The big gainer was retail employment, a seasonal phenomenon. Retail employment rose by 6300. But another sector that should grow in the holidays, drinking and food service, lost 2300 jobs, the largest month-over-month decline.

The county gained 20,800 jobs from a year ago, a gain of 1.4 percent. The highest county rate in November was Bostonia (near El Cajon) at 5.9 percent. Imperial Beach followed at 5.1 percent. The lowest was Del Mar at 0.3 percent.

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Any reason the Bostonia, which is an unincorporated area of San Diego County, is so high?

Dec. 26, 2017

AlexClarke: Bostonia is not Rancho Santa Fe. Its neighbor El Cajon has high unemployment, too. Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 26, 2017

Mike Murphy: Those data are available but I didn't pick them up. Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 26, 2017

Forgive my skepticism, but a figure that low doesn't make sense. Too many unemployed folks lost their jobs several years ago, and gave up. The claims for disability benefits are at a level that was never contemplated two or three decades ago. My take is that many who would take a job if they could easily find one would do so, but now don't want to admit to themselves that they want a job. Add to that the problem of underemployment with well-trained and well-educated individuals who cannot make use of their expertise and hold down poorly-paying jobs or part-time jobs, and you have a bleak picture of everyday existence for many job-holders.

Yes, employment in the county is up; the freeways and streets and roads are more crowded than I can ever remember. But that doesn't translate to full employment by a long shot.

Dec. 27, 2017

Visduh: All along I have said that median household income is a far better measure of labor's health than the unemployment number. Unemployment is affected by the size of he labor force and a number of other factors. Median household income has been flat since the 1980s, although it has shown some health of late. Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 27, 2017

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