Walter Mencken 11 a.m., May 24
SD Unemployment Rate Rises to 10.5%
San Diego County lost 6000 non-farm jobs from June to July as the unemployment rate rose to 10.5%, up from a revised 10.4% in June, according to the California Employment Development Department.
The biggest decline came in government jobs, down 9300 in the month. Job losses in local government (primarily in education) were 11,200, partially offset by gains in state government (up 1600) and federal government (up 300).
Education and health services, which have been strong, shed 1300 jobs. The county gained 20,100 jobs over the past 52 weeks, and the unemployment rate was down from 10.9% a year ago.