San Diego County’s unemployment rate hit 7.8 percent in July, rising from a revised 7.4 percent in June, according to recent figures from the state Employment Development Department.
The July picture was better than what it was in July 2012, when the state estimates the jobless rate was 9.5 percent.
The nation as a whole did slightly better than San Diego County in July 2013, with an unemployment rate of 7.7 percent.
San Diego fared better than California as a whole, which had unemployment of 9.3 percent in July.
The state estimated San Diego County’s labor force was 1.62 million people in July. Of those, 125,900 were unemployed, while 1.49 million had jobs.
Orange County had 6.5 percent unemployment (with 1.53 million people working), while Riverside County had an 11.1 percent jobless rate (with 829,600 people working).
Imperial County had an unemployment rate of 26.1 percent — the largest in the state — in July, with 19,800 people out of work and 56,100 people employed.
— SDBJ Staff Report