Jeff Smith 4 p.m., Aug. 28
Local Unemployment Rate Up, but Jobs Rise
The San Diego County unemployment rate rose to 10.2% in March from a revised 10.1% in February, according to the state Employment Development Department. The rate was down from 10.8% a year earlier. Although the unemployment rate rose, the county gained 10,300 non-farm jobs between February and March. The unemployment rate went up because more people joined the labor force. Leisure and hospitality jobs rose the most, by 3,100 -- still another portent that tourism is picking up. Accommodation and food service accounted for 80% of the leisure/hospitality gain. Professional and business services added 2,200 jobs and educational and health services 1,700. Manufacturing jobs were down 400 in the month. For the full year (March 2010 to March 2011) professional and business services had the largest gain, 12,900. Construction was down 1,000 over the year.