Carlos Bey 3:30 p.m., March 7
San Diego Unemployment Rises to 9.4% as Job Losses Grow
The unemployment rate in San Diego County jumped to 9.4% in May, up from a revised 9.2% in April and well above the 5.4% of a year ago, according to the California Employment Development Department. The May rate was below California's 11.2%, but above the U.S.'s 9.1%. Between April and May, non-farm jobs dropped, 2,800. Between May of this year and a year earlier, the county lost 52,500 jobs, or 4% -- up from the 3.5% year-over-year job loss that was originally reported for April. The numbers suggest that the local economy is not bottoming. Construction lost 11,100 jobs from a year ago. Government, which has provided a cushion in many previous months, rose 300 from a year ago, although it was off 1,000 from April.