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Unemployment rate in San Diego climbs

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The unemployment rate in San Diego County climbed to 5.1 percent last month, from 4.2 percent the previous month, but remained below the 5.2 percent mark recorded in June of last year, state figures released Friday show.

The local figure for last month equaled that as a nation as a whole, while California posted a 5.7 percent unemployment rate. Neither the national or statewide rates are seasonally adjusted.

According to the state Employment Development Department, the number of people in the San Diego region reporting they were unemployed jumped from 65,200 in May to 80,600 in June. At the same time, the civilian labor force rose from 1.56 million to almost 1.58 million.

Around 1,700 jobs were lost last month in educational and health services, offset by job gains in county government, and hotels and food services.

Over the past year, around 37,600 non-farm positions were created, including 7,300 in hotels and food services; more than 6,000 in health care and social assistance; about 5,000 in state and local government; and nearly 4,000 in professional, scientific and technical services, according to EDD data.

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