SAN DIEGO–The State of California Employment Development Department’s labor force data released today shows a drop in jobs over the month, but still a net increase in jobs over the year. The report states that the unemployment rate in San Diego County rose to 7.8 percent in July 2013, up from 7.4 percent in June 2013, and below the year-ago estimate of 9.5 percent. This compares with an unemployment rate of 9.3 percent for California and 7.7 percent for the nation during the same period.
“Summer employment numbers have been disappointing and this report shows that San Diego County’s unemployment rate is higher than the national rate again,” said Manpower San Diego President Phil Blair. “Unfortunately, 1,700 educational and health services jobs were lost, which is never a good thing.”
The government sector reported the greatest decline losing 15,400 jobs as four other sectors also recorded job losses.
In San Diego County, construction gained 2,600 jobs and tourism grew at 2,700 jobs for the month of July.
“Manpower is seeing continued growth in business, especially in the high-tech areas of engineers, technicians and programmers,” Blair said. “We would’ve hoped to see more growth in tourism, but that industry may be hit hard by the lack of advertising and marketing by the San Diego Tourism Authority due to its budget cuts.”
Five sectors added jobs during the month including construction, tourism and professional services (temporary staffing), which added 1,400 jobs among others.