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.
Dozens of schools in the San Diego Unified School District will be on minimum-day schedules Monday due to forecasted high temperatures, the district said Sunday.
A group of Scripps Ranch residents, some of whom lost homes in the 2003 Cedar Fire, assembled care packages Sunday for survivors of the deadly blazes in Northern California.
Emotions are still raw for many who went through the 2007 fires in San Diego County and lost homes or loved ones.
Firefighters put out a small fire north of the El Capitan Reservoir in Lakeside and sheriff's deputies were securing the scene where a small plane crashed, authorities said Sunday.
A Red Flag Warning for parts of San Diego County went up Sunday, a day after two sizeable brush fires were sparked in the region.
It has been ten years since devastating wildfires swept through San Diego, destroying thousands of structures and affecting so many lives.
San Diego sports fans were saddened when the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park closed its doors last summer. But those who have dried their tears can open their pocketbooks and bid on sports memorabilia items that were on display at the hall.
A fire broke out in the garage of a home in San Diego's Carmel Valley neighborhood, displacing four people, authorities said Thursday.