San Luis Obispo County adds 2,000 jobs in February
March 25, 2011
San Luis Obispo County added 2,000 new jobs in February which dropped the unemployment rate from 10.3 percent in January to 9.8 percent in February, according to a report released Friday by the California Employment Development Department.
The numbers of jobs created last month along with other economic indicators provide signs that the county’s battered economy is on the mend. Healthcare, retail and services such as hairdressers and insurance agents saw the greatest number of new jobs.
San Luis Obispo’s largest private employer, Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, added the most jobs and currently provides employment for 772 people, according to the report.
“Healthcare will hopefully continue to be a growth industry,” said Ron Yukelson, spokesman for Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center. “The healthcare industry in San Luis Obispo County is a huge economic engine.”
In California, nearly 100,000 jobs were added in February which dropped the unemployment rate to 12.2 percent from 12.4 percent in January. Nationally the unemployment rate dropped from 9.4 percent in January to 8.9 percent in February.