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San Diego County gained 900 jobs in February compared with January, the first month-over-month gain since November of last year, according to the state's Employment Development Department. The February unemployment rate was 10.6%, down from a revised 11.1% in January. But the February rate was up sharply from 8.7% in February of 2009. Non-farm jobs went up 400 and farm jobs 500 in February from January. Educational and health services jobs rose 1,300 in the month. Professional and business services added 1,000 jobs. But retail jobs went down 1,600. From February of last year, the county lost 44,700 jobs.

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SurfPuppy619 March 26, 2010 @ 3:23 p.m.

The state UE rate is unchanged at an eye popping 12.5%.

That is all I need to know.


Don Bauder March 26, 2010 @ 6:28 p.m.

Response to post #1: The state is also on the edge of the abyss fiscally. The high unemployment doesn't help. Best, Don Bauder


MondoGrapes March 27, 2010 @ 6:01 a.m.

I thought that I read that California just gave pink slips to 15 or 20 thousand teachers. Is that correct? Other states, especially New York, are in the same boat. States and municipalities are facing monstrous budget deficits and public sector layoffs are going to begin in earnest. Our mayor here in New York has been talking about closing 14 firehouses and laying off cops and teachers as well. I wonder what this is going to mean for those already cooked unemployment numbers.


Don Bauder March 27, 2010 @ 7:28 a.m.

Response to post #3: Yes, more than 20,000 California teachers got pink slips recently. States are essentially broke: California may be the worst off. Pension systems are broke: Illinois and New Jersey seem to be the worst in that category. National governments around the world, including the U.S., are in deep trouble, and some are technically insolvent. Best, Don Bauder


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