San Diego Business Journal

San Diego County's Unemployment Rate Increases to 6.6% for July

By Mike Allen Sunday, August 17, 2014

San Diego’s unemployment rate increased to 6.6 percent in July, up from a revised 6.1 percent in June, as the region shed nearly 6,000 jobs, mostly from school employees taking a summer recess, according to the state’s Employment Development Department.

California’s jobless rate last month was 7.4 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis, while the national rate was 6.5 percent.

Over the past month, San Diego’s total nonfarm employment declined by 5,900 jobs to 1.34 million, with the biggest losses coming in local government education segment.

Over the full year from July 2013, the region showed a net gain of 37,200 jobs or 2.8 percent, the EDD report said.

The biggest sectors showing net job gains during the year were educational and health services, up 7,500 jobs; business and professional services, up 7,000; and construction, up 7,000.

Nine of the region’s 11 industry sectors had net job gains, with mining staying flat, and financial activities sustaining a net loss of 800 jobs.