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San Diego County’s unemployment rate hit its lowest point of the pandemic in September, adding 3,600 jobs, mainly in education.

The jobless rate was 5.6 percent, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday. It was down from 6.6 percent the previous month and marked the lowest unemployment rate of the pandemic.

San Diego County’s jobless rate reached a height of 15.9 percent in April 2020 but has struggled to return to pre-pandemic levels of around 3 percent. San Diego’s 5.6 percent rate is still higher than the national average of 4.6 percent, but lower than California’s rate of 6.4 percent.

September’s growth was almost entirely led by increases in education hiring as students returned to school. A dark cloud still hangs over the recovery as employers struggle to fill open jobs — a nationwide problem not unique to San Diego — and supply chain shortages, said Lynn Reaser, chief economist at Point Loma Nazarene University.

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Source : https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/story/2021-10-22/san-diegos-job-outlook-there-is-still-a-sizable-hole-in-the-labor-market

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