June Unemployment Rises to 7% in San Diego County Even as More Jobs Added

Most of the new jobs added were in the leisure and hospitality sector. Photo by Chris Stone

The unemployment rate in San Diego County increased to 7% in June, up from a revised 6.3% in May but still well below the year-ago estimate of 13.5%, according to figures released Friday by the state Employment Development Department.

This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 8% for California — which increased from 7.5% in May — and 6.1% for the nation — up from May’s 5.5% — during the same period.

Between May 2021 and June 2021, nonfarm employment actually increased by 5,700 despite the rise in unemployment, from 1,401,600 to 1,407,300. Agricultural employment increased by 100, from 9,400 to 9,500.

The rise in unemployment and jobs could reflect that more people are returning to the job market but have not yet found employment.

Leisure and hospitality added the most jobs over the month with an increase of 4,800 jobs — gaining for the fifth consecutive month and representing 84% of the region’s gains. Accommodation and food services boosted the overall sector by 2,800 jobs, while arts, entertainment and recreation — up 2,000 jobs– completed the overall sectoral gain.

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