Walter Mencken 2:37 p.m., March 1
Workforce Index Drops for First Time in Five Months
The San Diego Workforce Index, compiled monthly by the San Diego Workforce Partnership, dropped in June for the first time in five months. The index was hit by the rise in the county unemployment to 10.4% in June from 9.6% in May, and the big increase in first-time filers for unemployment insurance, to 47,639 in June from 40,599 in May. The leading indicators published by the University of San Diego also dropped slightly. On the positive side, the county gained 6,700 nonfarm jobs in June and temporary employment inched up.