John T. Griffith 5:14 p.m., May 22
San Diego Unemployment Soars to 9.3%. County Loses 44,600 Jobs over Year
The San Diego County unemployment rate zoomed to 9.3% in March, up from a revised 8.9% in February, and far above the 5.2% of a year ago, according to the California Employment Development Department. The county lost 300 non-farm jobs from February, and 44,600, or 3.4%, from March of 2008. San Diego's unemployment rate tops the nation's unadjusted 9%, but is lower than the state's 11.5%. Employment services, which includes temporary jobs, dropped 300 positions from February. Manufacturing was down 600, but government was up 1,400. Over the last 12 months, construction jobs were down 11,200. Accommodation or tourist industry jobs were down 0.7% from February and down 6.6% from a year ago. Food service jobs were up 0.9% from February but down 2.2% from a year earlier.