SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The unemployment rate in San Diego County was 4.3 percent last month, up from a revised 3.6 percent in May but below the year-ago estimate of 4.9 percent, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.
In June, the statewide rate was 4.9 percent, 4.5 percent for the nation as a whole.
Between May and June, San Diego added 3,100 jobs in bars and restaurants, while the arts, entertainment, and recreation category grew by 1,500 positions. Ambulatory health care services lost 1,000 jobs, the EDD reported.
Over the past year, the largest increases were seen for specialty construction contractors, 4,100 jobs; local government education, 3,500; and ambulatory health care services, 2,500.
In June, 67,800 San Diegans were without jobs in a civilian labor force of 1.56 million people, according to agency data. That's 12,000 more than the month before, but the labor force total also grew by a large amount.
The total number of area residents unemployed in June was 9,200 less than the same month in 2016.
"The region's growing labor force and continued job growth is a positive sign for the region," said Phil Blair, president and CEO of the staffing firm Manpower. "Despite a slight increase in unemployment, labor market fundamentals remain strong, with total year-over-year employment up 2 percent."
According to the EDD, the highest unemployment rate in the region was 7.8 percent in Bostonia, the unincorporated area on the northeast side of El Cajon. Other elevated rates were 6.7 percent in Imperial Beach and 6.3 percent within El Cajon's city limits.
The lowest rates were in Del Mar, 0.4 percent; Coronado, 2.5 percent; and Poway, 2.8 percent.
San Diego's rate was 4.1 percent.
A five-county funeral procession is being held Sunday for San Diego firefighter Cory Iverson who died battling the Thomas Fire.
Distraught doesn't begin to describe the family of Jermaine Barnes, a Mountain View man left with life-threatening brain injuries after he was hit by a car Friday night outside of his home.
Gun owners were given the chance to trade in their unwanted firearms for cash or a skateboard at a gun buyback event hosted by local police and faith leaders on Saturday.
More than 140 children received early Christmas gifts Saturday thanks to a local church and the county's bravest men and women.
The replacement event for the long-running but now-defunct Chargers Blood Drive was held Saturday at the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center.
After 10 days of destruction, the Lilac Fire was 100 percent contained Saturday, fire officials announced.
A 32-year-old Cal Fire engineer from northern San Diego County was killed Thursday while fighting the massive Thomas Fire in Ventura County.
San Diego County's inland valleys and mountains remain under a red flag warning Friday morning due to high temperatures, dry air and gusty Santa Ana winds creating dangerous fire conditions.