Mike Madriaga 6:30 p.m., May 3
SD unemployment rises in January as jobs decline
Not surprisingly, retail jobs account for one-third of job loss
The San Diego County unemployment rate was 8.6% in January, up from a revised 8.2% in December and below the 9.5% of a year earlier. The county lost 22,000 jobs between December and January, 7,500 of which were in retailing, affected by seasonal factors, according to the Employment Development Department. Leisure and hospitality jobs dropped by 4,100 and government by 2,800. The data are being released late because of revisions by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. San Diego February numbers will come out next week.