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Employment Growth Broad Based

Spring 2017

The labor market in San Diego County has continued to improve through the first quarter of 2017. Nonfarm payroll employment in the County grew 2.2% between January 2016 and January 2017, an increase of approximately 31,500 jobs. Moreover, San Diego County employment grew at a faster rate than both Los Angeles (1.9%) and Orange (1.5%) Counties.

Growth in San Diego County’s labor force has tapered off in the past year and grew by only 0.9% year-over-year, or about 14,435 people. However, residents entering the labor force are successfully gaining employment and the number of unemployed residents in the County declined over the last year. The unemployment rate decreased by 0.3 percentage points and stands at 4.4% as of January 2017, demonstrating that the San Diego labor market is at or near full employment.

Employment growth has been fairly broad based across San Diego County’s larger industries. The Government sector has been...


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