Unemployment rate in San Diego County rises slightly

SAN DIEGO – The unemployment rate in San Diego County climbed in July — for the second month in a row — to 7.8 percent, the state Employment Development Department announced today.

The figure compares with a revised unemployment rate of 7.4 percent in June and below the 9.5 percent recorded in July 2012, according to the EDD.

The agency said the rate in California last month was 9.3 percent, and the U.S. rate was 7.7 percent. Neither the state nor national numbers were seasonally adjusted.

The region has gained 19,900 jobs over the past year despite the loss of 10,900 nonfarm position last month, the data showed.

Most of the losses between June and July came in government, with 15,400 — about two thirds of which were in education. Still, over the past year, the EDD said the government sector — including education — has gained 400 positions.

The sectors that gained workers, according to the EDD data, included leisure and hospitality, 2,700 in July and 4,100 over the past year; and construction, 2,600 last month and 2,900 over the past 12 months.

Nearly 126,000 San Diegans were out of work last month out of a civilian labor force of more than 1.6 million. The number of jobless was about 7,000 more than the previous month but around 27,500 fewer than July of 2012.

The region’s unemployment rate had declined steadily since the beginning of this year, bottoming out at 6.8 percent in May before rising 0.6 percent in June and another 0.4 percent in July, according to the data.

9 Responses to "Unemployment rate in San Diego County rises slightly"

  1. govtjobs   August 17, 2013 at 6:24 am

    They shouldnt count government jobs at all. Everyone knows when government jobs increase, it doesnt help anyone. You have to know someone, or be a criminal on parole to get a government job. Post some real stats people. Fallbrook, theres no jobs here at all.

  2. Barb   August 18, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    I’ll bet its even worse up here in Riverside county.

  3. Ray (the real one)   August 20, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Don’t trust ANY government numbers, just a scam.

  4. FR86   August 20, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Whenever the media or government reports the economic numbers I always wonder if they can point to something that needs to or can be done to improve things……………….particularly the government. Every week the jobs numbers, unemployment numbers and other "indicators" are reported………….they go up and they go down but never really change significantly why?


    Everyone with money be it the government or private sector is holding on to their cash and waiting for someone else to do something when it is them that can start the turn around by freeing up capital. IT TAKES MONEY TO MAKE MONEY.

    Instead they expect the middle class to mysteriously improve the economic situation by itself.

    We all bought the OBAMA "Hope and Change" line but frankly America hasn’t seen either .

  5. Frosty   August 21, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Everyone of my friends who still live in SoCal are employed! They all either work for the city, state, county or the federal government in some way or capacity. Everyone of my friends who were employed privately, self-employed or owned businesses there have all left. No Joke! What does that tell you?

  6. FR86   August 22, 2013 at 9:39 am

    To Frosty,

    It’s hope and change………..

  7. DR DR   August 22, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    So now we know…
    "CHANGE" =
    More Debt
    More Taxes
    More Welfare
    More Regulation
    More Government
    More Wasteful spending
    More Corruption

    Thanks Mr. President.

    No, I did not vote for you.

  8. Pink   August 22, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    @Comment #7: You forgot to add More Unemployment

  9. DR DR   August 22, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Yes, and why is it there are those that still disagree with comment #7. Oh, maybe their still smoking that j with Lee.


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