The unemployment rate in San Diego County in July was 9.2 percent, compared to 9.3 percent the previous month and well below the 10.5 percent in July 2011, the state Employment Development Department announced Friday.
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The July unemployment rate for California was 10.9 percent, and 8.6 percent for the entire U.S. The EDD figures are not seasonally adjusted.
The agency's report was a mixed bag for San Diego.
The bad news was that despite the improvement in the unemployment rate, the region saw a loss of 4,400 nonfarm jobs, according to the EDD. The number of government positions fell by 11,300, mostly seasonal reductions of teachers.
The losses were partially off-set by a gain in another seasonal sector, leisure and hospitality, which climbed by 4,200 jobs. Also, over the past year, more than 35,000 nonfarm positions have been created in San Diego County, the EDD reported.
There were 149,400 unemployed people in San Diego County last month, 1,200 more than in June and almost 10,000 more than May. However, the July 2012 total was around 18,000 people lower than the same period in 2011.
The local civilian labor force was over 1.6 million people, according to the EDD.
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