Bart Mendoza 5 a.m., Dec. 8
County Unemployment Rate 6.9 Percent in November, Up from 4.9 Percent a Year Ago
San Diego lost 15,300 jobs in November from a year ago, and 2,200 from October, according to data from the state's Economic Development Corp. The unemployment rate was 6.9 percent, the same as the revised rate of October, but well above the 4.9 percent rate of November, 2007. It was above the national rate of 6.5 percent, but below the state rate of 8.3 percent. Between October and November of this year, leisure and hospitality jobs contracted by 1,700, with hotels and motels losing 800. This is not a good sign. Construction jobs were down by 1,500. Over the last year, retail jobs declined by 6,400. Grocery jobs actually grew, but employment shrank at clothing accessory stores, auto-related outlets and all other retail categories.