SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The unemployment rate in San Diego climbed for the second month in a row, reaching 5.3 percent in July, compared with 5.1 percent the month before, the state Employment Development Department reported today.
Unemployment had bottomed out at 4.2 percent in May.
San Diego's rate compared with 5.9 percent statewide and 5.1 percent for the nation as a whole.
The region lost more than 11,000 nonfarm jobs between June and July, most of them from schools as class broke for the summer, according to EDD data.
Those losses were partially offset by gains in arts, entertainment and recreation jobs, as well as hotel and food service hiring. Construction also gained during the month.
In the wider view, San Diego County picked up more than 28,000 jobs over the past year.
The agency said the greatest annual job gains were in hotels and food services, around 7,000 positions; government, 5,700; ambulatory health care services, 3,800; and administration, 3,600.
Last month, 84,500 San Diegans were jobless out of a civilian labor force of almost 1.6 million people. That's an increase of nearly 20,000 since May, however, the labor force total grew by 36,000 people during the same period.
The U.S. Geological Survey Monday rescinded a computer-generated report that a shallow, 3.1 magnitude earthquake had struck the Ocotillo Wells area of San Diego County.
Two San Diego police officers shot and wounded in a standoff in the College Area over the weekend are recovering Monday.
High pressure will bring warmer temperatures and shallower marine layer through Tuesday. Overnight and morning low clouds and fog are possible.
In Silicon Valley, entrepreneurs have heralded innovations like smartphones and car-sharing. Now, Tim Draper, one of the valley's most successful venture capitalists, wants to similarly shake up the way California is governed by dividing it into three states.
Police searched for a suspected car thief who fled into a canyon in Linda Vista on Sunday afternoon.
A motorcyclist smashed his bike into the rear of a sheriff's patrol car, as the deputy made a left turn, and was killed in Encinitas Sunday.
Hundreds of statewide faith leaders will march Saturday afternoon to the Otay Mesa Detention Center, where they will protest immigration policies that separated more than 2,300 children from their parents.
A 325-acre blaze burning at Camp Pendleton Saturday was described as a ``training fire'' by a base official.
The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County dropped today for the 16th consecutive day, decreasing nine-tenths of a cent to $3.697.