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The San Diego County unemployment rate dropped to 6.2 percent in August, down from 6.6 percent in July. The county added 3500 nonfarm jobs in the month, with professional and business services leading the way with a gain of 2400 jobs, according to the state Employment Development Department.

However, leisure and hospitality jobs were down 2700. Jobs in bars and restaurants dropped 1400.

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eastlaker Sept. 23, 2014 @ 8:02 a.m.

Seems odd that in the strong summer season, hospitality and restaurant jobs would be on the decline. So I suppose that would be a sign that management everywhere is trying to have fewer workers do more?

Or maybe management has moved some people off the books? Or? Jobs have turned over to temporary agencies/positions?

Just trying to figure things out.

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Don Bauder Sept. 23, 2014 @ 12:18 p.m.

eastlaker: Yes, the decline in leisure, hospitality, and restaurant jobs in August was a surprise. These statistics can often be misleading -- as can almost all economic statistics -- but it is worth noticing. Best, Don Bauder

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