Local unemployment falls to lowest point in 5 years

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SAN DIEGO — The unemployment rate in San Diego County last month was 8 percent, the lowest figure since December 2008, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

February’s rate compares to an adjusted 8.6 percent in January and 9.4 percent in February 2012, the EDD said.

The agency said the statewide unemployment rate was a seasonally unadjusted 9.7 percent last month, while the U.S. figure was 8.1 percent.

Job growth in the past month was seen in restaurants and bars, which added more than 2,000 jobs; administrative and employment services and state government, according to the EDD.

The retail sector, however, lost 2,400 positions, according to the EDD.

About 128,600 San Diegans were without work last month, out of a civilian labor force of 1.6 million. Nearly 21,000 more San Diegans worked last month compared to January, the EDD figures showed.

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