San Diego Business Journal

Summer Season Yields a Small Gain in Jobs

Friday, September 16, 2011

San Diego’s unemployment rate dipped to 10.2 percent in August from a revised 10.6 percent in July, according to a Sept. 16 report from the state’s Employment Development Department. In August of last year the jobless rate in San Diego was 10.7 percent.

For California, the unemployment rate in August stood at 11.9 percent, while for the nation it was 9.1 percent.

The region’s overall nonfarm employment remained basically flat, gaining a net of 200 nonfarm jobs in the previous month. The usual big gain came from leisure and hospitality, which added 3,400 jobs. Wholesale trade added 800, and retail trade added 400 jobs.

Government led the sectors with the greatest job loss with 2,600. Of that, 2,000 jobs were attributed to school jobs temporarily lost during summer recess.

Over the past year, the region has gained 13,500 jobs or 1.1 percent from August 2010, the EDD said. The sector that contributed the most to that gain was leisure and hospitality, up 8,600 jobs; followed by professional business services with 5,400 jobs; and educational and health services with 5,300 jobs.

Government posted the largest net loss over the year, losing 5,600 jobs. The two sectors also showing significant losses were other services, down by 2,100 jobs; and construction, down 2,000 jobs over the year.

— Mike Allen