Local Unemployment Rate Rises to 10.5% in October
The San Diego County unemployment rate for October rose to 10.5% from a revised 10.4% in September, according to the California Employment Development Department. The metro area gained 8,100 jobs from September, but lost 52,000 from a year ago. October's number compares with 12.3% for California during the period and 9.5% for the U.S. The big local job gainer was government, up 9,300, primarily reflecting a gain of 5,400 seasonal jobs in local education. Professional and business services also rose 2,000 from September. But leisure and hospitality employment dropped 3,600 in the month, another sign of weak consumer spending. Over the year, manufacturing retail jobs were both down 8,000.