Bart Mendoza 5 a.m., Dec. 8
San Diego Unemployment Rate Leaps to 11%
The unemployment rate for San Diego County in January jumped to 11% from a revised 10.3% in December, according to delayed data from the California Employment Development Department. This compares with 13.2% in California and 10.6% nationally for the comparable period. The county lost 17,400 jobs in the month. A major hit was in leisure and hospitality, shedding 4,000 jobs -- another reflection of the extremely weak tourism business. Retail jobs were down 4,300, but 90% of those were seasonal (Christmas) jobs. Between January of last year and this January, the county lost 50,300 jobs, or 4%.