San Diego’s unemployment rate in September was 5.9 percent, down from August’s 6.2 percent, and down from the year-ago rate of 7.3 percent, according to the state’s Employment Development Department.

California’s jobless rate for the same month dipped by a tenth of a point to 7.3 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis. The national rate was 5.9 percent.

Over the last month, San Diego sustained a net loss of 2,800 jobs, yet a shrinking workforce caused the unemployment rate to decline.

Leisure and hospitality had a net loss of 5,700 jobs, followed by educational and health services, with a loss of 1,200 jobs.

Four sectors showed net gains, led by government with 4,600 jobs, and professional and business services, 1,100.

Over the 12 months to September 2013, the region gained a net of 33,300 jobs, or 2.5 percent. The largest sector creating the jobs was professional and business services, up 9,300 jobs; and construction, up 6,300 jobs. Every nonfarm sector showed net gains except for financial activities which decreased by 500 jobs over the year.