Despite shedding 1,800 construction jobs in December, the San Diego area still had a net gain of 300 jobs, and posted an unemployment rate of 3.7 percent, below the state’s rate of 4.6 percent and the 4.3 percent for the nation for the same month.
That is according to a Jan. 19 report from the state Employment Development Department.
The unemployment rate for San Diego in November was 3.9 percent. For December of 2005 it was 3.6 percent.
In 2006, the region lost 5,000 construction jobs, the biggest decline of any industry. Specialty trade contractors accounted for 3,400 of that number, or 68 percent of the total.
On the plus side, and nearly making up for the lost construction work, was a gain of 4,700 jobs created in the business and professional services category. Of this category, there were 2,100 jobs each created in professional, scientific and technical services, and in administrative and support, which includes temporary jobs.
Leisure and hospitality generated the next largest number of jobs in the region, about 3,600, with nearly all of those, 3,400, coming from the restaurants and food services category.
In the 12 months leading up to December, the San Diego region gained 9,800 non-farm jobs, an increase of 0.8 percent and well below the 17,400 jobs created in the region during the prior 12-month period, from December 2004 to December 2005.
, Mike Allen