On Friday, the state Employment Development Department reports unemployment dropping below 5 percent in San Diego County. 

The numbers report 4.6 percent in November, which is down from 5.3 percent in October and falls below the 6.8 percent estimate in the year before. 

California currently holds an unadjusted unemployment rate of 5.4 percent. The state’s unemployment rate in October was at 6.1 percent. 

Nonfarm employment increased by 15,000 during October and November, from 1,445,600 to 1,460,600, according to EDD figures. In that same time period, Agricultural employment decreased from 9,400 to 9,200.

An increase of 7,300 jobs in trade, transportation, and utilities led all industries. An increase in employment was also seen in educational and health services, increased by 3,700. 

Employment in educational and health services increased by 3,700. The EDD credits health care and social assistance jobs to contribute 2,800 jobs to that growth. 

Additional jobs that reported growth are in leisure in hospitality with an increase of 1,700, professional and business services with 1,300, and other services with 1,200. 

Employment of logging and mining and Information remained unchanged between October and November. 

The EDD reports a decline in financial activities registered as the most significant job decline, with 1,100 jobs lost over the month. Employment in manufacturing dropped 500, and construction declined by 300 in that same period.

Over the course of a year, increased employment of professional and business services ranked the highest at 10,800 jobs gained. Mining and logging ranked the lowest for increased employment at 100 jobs gained over the year. 

Other services ranked second highest at 9,200 jobs gained, education and health services ranked third at 6,100 jobs gained. Constriction reports 4,900, government at 4,500, trade, transportation, and utilities at 2,000, and Information at 1,200 jobs gained over the year.  

The EDD reports year-over-year employment losses occurred in financial activities down 2,300 and manufacturing down 100.

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