The unemployment rate in San Diego County was 4.6 percent in February, unchanged from January, according to the state’s Employment Development Department.
One year ago, San Diego County’s unemployment rate was 5.0 percent, according to the state agency.
February unemployment was 6.1 percent in California and 5.8 percent for the United States as a whole.
Between January and February, San Diego County had a gain of 6,300 jobs, the agency reported. The leisure and hospitality sector gained 1,800 jobs. Professional and business services grew by 1,400 jobs.
A gain of 2,900 jobs in the government sector reflected teachers returning from winter break.
The trade, transportation and utilities sector lost 1,200 jobs, mostly in retail, reflecting the layoff of temporary holiday help.