Don Bauder 6:30 p.m., Aug. 21
San Diego Unemployment Rises to 8.8% in February, but Narrowly Trails National Rate
San Diego County's unemployment rate rose to 8.8% in February, up from a revised 8.7% in January and up sharply from 5% a year ago. California's unadjusted rate is 10.9% and the nation's 8.9%. San Diego has had a higher rate than the nation for some time. Later figures may show if this month was a statistical aberration. The county lost 2,700 jobs from January. However, government added 1,400 jobs in the month. Almost all (1,300) were local government, mostly job additions in public schools. The county lost 37,900 jobs over 12 months, a 2.9% decline. Construction jobs dropped 12.9%.