The regional unemployment rate in June was 9.2 percent, up from 8.8 percent in May but down from 10.4 percent in June 2011, the state Employment Development Department announced Friday.
Statewide and nationwide, the unemployment rate in June was 10.7 percent and 8.4 percent, respectively. The figures are not seasonally adjusted.
The San Diego region's unemployment rate grew despite the addition of around 13,400 jobs. The reason was the civilian labor force climbed by nearly 15,000 people to 1.6 million.
Good news for Coronado though: the EDD statistics showed strong growth in the seasonal leisure and hospitality industry, which added 7,200 positions between May and June.
Construction, which was hit hardest in the recession, added 2,600 jobs, and professional and business services gained 1,800.
Over the past year, in addition to leisure and hospitality, the figures show sizable increases in the number of jobs in professional and business services, educational and health services.
The total number of unemployed people in San Diego County last month was 147,800, compared to 139,600 the month before. The June total was still about 16,500 fewer unemployed people than the same time in 2011.
– City News Service