San Diego employment has just decreased on a year-over-year basis, falling by 1,700 jobs between March 2007 and March 2008.
That is a very small drop in the grand scheme of things, representing a decline of just .1 percent. But it’s the first time in a long time that employment has turned negative at all. The data I pulled from the Employment Development Department website goes back to the year 2000, and it shows that even during the recession and slowdown that took place at the beginning of this decade, the weakest month showed a year-over-year increase of 2,300 jobs.
So even though we are not in an officially recognized recession, San Diego’s employment situation is worse than it ever got in the aftermath of the 2001 recession.