“San Diego’s unemployment rate dipped to 3 percent in September, benefiting from a large number of teachers and education workers returning to their jobs, according to the latest report from the state’s Employment Development Department.
The number of nonfarm payroll jobs rose by 6,600 during the month, bringing the total to 1,120,100. The biggest one-month increase was produced mainly from the government industry division, with 7,900 jobs added. The majority of jobs were related to schools beginning the fall term.
While there was an overall net gain in jobs, some sectors showed declines. The services industry division showed a loss of 1,400 jobs, most of those coming in the amusements category, reflecting the end of the summer tourist season.
Other divisions showing losses were manufacturing, down 500 jobs, and construction, down 200 jobs.
Compared with a year ago, total nonfarm employment in San Diego was up by 12,800 jobs, an increase of 1.2 percent. Services-related jobs made up 8,500 of those positions, according to the EDD.
The county’s unemployment rate compared favorably with the rate for the entire state, at 4.7 percent, and for the nation, at 4.1 percent.”