Walter Mencken 9 a.m., Oct. 1
County Unemployment Rises in March
The San Diego County unemployment rate rose to 9.5% in March -- up from 9.4% in February but down from 10.1% a year earlier -- according to the California Employment Development Department.
The leisure and hospitality industry gained 2800 jobs in the month. That may be encouraging, because tourism has been somewhat weak in recent months. However, the big gain was in food service and drinking places, up 1300 jobs.
Government gained 2000 jobs, but professional and and business services were down 2900.