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Coronado Jobless Rate Continues to Hover Around 5 Percent

The community's unemployment rate remains far below that of San Diego County and the rest of the state.

Coronado had a jobless rate of 5.1 percent in December, the state reported Friday, among the lowest rates for all cities in San Diego County, which has a rate of 8.1 percent.

Del Mar, Poway and unincorporated Valley Center had lower rates than Coronado's, said the state Employment Development Department.

The local cities with high rates of unemployment include National City, at 15.7 percent, nearly double the county's rate, and Imperial Beach. (see the  media box for full list of December's figures)

The county unemployment rate in December was down from a revised 8.4 percent in November and well below the 9 percent figure from December 2011, the state said.

That compares with unemployment rates of 9.7 percent in California and 7.6 percent nationwide. Those figures are not seasonally adjusted.

San Diego’s figure is the lowest since a rate of 7.4 percent was recorded in December 2008. The region gained around 20,300 jobs over the course
of the year, and there were 14,000 fewer jobless than December 2011, according to the agency.

The biggest job gains in December came in retail, which gained 1,800
positions thanks to the holidays, the agency said. Gains were also seen in the health care and social assistance sector.

Around 1,100 positions were lost in area hotels and restaurants last
month, plus 600 more in state government.

The state agency reported that 130,200 San Diegans were jobless last month, out of a civilian labor force of 1.6 million people. Del Mar has a labor force of 3,100, with about 3,000 employed.

— City News Service contributed to this report.

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