The county unemployment rate was 3.5 percent in July, down from a revised 3.7 percent in June and from 4.4 percent a year earlier, according to the California Employment Development Department.
During the month, total nonfarm employment dropped by 14,400 jobs. However, that reflected a seasonal aberration. Government jobs were down 16,000. As the school year ended, employment dropped by 10,000 in local educational services and 4500 in state educational services. Solana Beach had the lowest rate among county communities at 1.5 percent.
The county gained 21,200 jobs in July from July of the previous year. Manufacturing and construction jobs rose, but leisure and hospitality jobs dropped by 3300.