Walter Mencken 10 a.m., July 23
Local Unemployment Rate Back to 11%
The unemployment rate in San Diego County rose to 11% in March from 10.7% in February, although employment increased by 5,000 in the month. The comparable rate for California was 13% and the nation 10.2%. Local government jobs went up 1,400 from February to March. Retail trade jobs inched up 0.3% and amusement, gambling and recreation jobs rose 1.3%. Jobs in full service restaurants rose 1.4% in the month. These are possible signs of a lambent consumer recovery. Tourism (accommodation) jobs were flat -- an improvement over some previous months. Year over year, the county lost 35,100 jobs.