SAN DIEGO – San Diego County’s unadjusted unemployment edged up slightly to 3.7% in March despite both farm and nonfarm employment showing gains, according to figures released last Friday by the California Employment Development Department.
The region’s unemployment rate is up from a revised 3.5% in February and above the March 2018 rate of 3.4%. In January, the county’s unemployment rate was 3.8% — its highest rate since the third quarter of 2017.
The latest figures show that nonfarm employment increased by 4,300 jobs from 1,489,700 in February to 1,494,000 in March, while farm jobs increased by 200, from 8,500 to 8,700. Multiple industries showed job gains of more than 1,000 while others lost at least 1,000 jobs.