By: Dr. Lynn Reaser
While total employment in San Diego County has reached its peak of mid-2007, another 65,000 people have entered the workforce. The jobless rate is still around 7.0% and it may be another two to three years before it returns to its prerecession 5.0% level. Over one-third of those currently unemployed have been out of work for over six months. Individuals without work for extended periods often lose skills and face reluctance by firms to hire them. Other employees would rather “full-time” than full time.
Continued economic recovery will help, but more targeted training and education will be necessary to address San Diego’s jobless problems.