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San Diego County's unemployment rate rose to 8.6% in October from 8.5% in September. The county added 7,000 jobs in the month, 4,000 of them in local education, according to the California Employment Development Department. The county gained 23,500 jobs from a year ago.

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Javajoe25 Nov. 17, 2012 @ 9:58 a.m.

Don, Struck me as odd that you would start by reporting an increase in the unemployment rate, and then go on to list all the jobs that have been added to the local economy. I would think an addition of 23,500 jobs over a year would cause the unemployment rate to go down. There must have been substantial job loss also, no?


Don Bauder Nov. 18, 2012 @ 10:30 a.m.

JavaJoe: The unemployment rate did go down substantially from a year ago. It went up a notch from a month ago even though the county added 7,000 jobs. More people joined the labor force by looking for jobs, so the unemployment rate went up. Best, Don Bauder


David Dodd Nov. 18, 2012 @ 9:21 p.m.

I think that most of the people who read this column understand that you can at least double (and maybe even triple?) the true number. There are many reasons behind this, the biggest one being that most people who are not employed are no longer counted as such because they're not 'gaining' unemployment benefits. Other reasons include obvious manipulation of the numbers by government.


SurfPuppy619 Nov. 18, 2012 @ 10:34 p.m.

The U-6 UE rate is the true UE rate as it counts ALL people who are out of work, not just those out for 6 months or less, and counts part timers who WANT full time jobs. The U-6 CA UE rate has been around 23% the last 32 months.


Don Bauder Nov. 19, 2012 @ 8:37 a.m.

SP: Yes, if you count those out of work and those working part-time who would like to work full-time, you get that higher figure. It is disgracefully high, and I fear it will remain high for a long time. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Nov. 19, 2012 @ 8:35 a.m.

refriedgringo: there are two surveys -- one of employers, the other of households. This sometimes causes confusion. Best, Don Bauder


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