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Area’s Unemployment Rate Rises a Notch in May

San Diego’s unemployment rate edged up to 4.2 percent in May from 4.1 percent in April, but that was still below the unemployment rate for California (4.9 percent) and the nation (4.3 percent), according to the state’s Employment Development Department.

The state released its report June 15.

The region showed a net gain of 2,400 jobs last month to bring non-farm employment to 1.3 million.

However, the unemployment rate rose because 900 more workers filed unemployment claims during the month, bringing the total to 63,800. The rate is a percentage of the total civilian work force of 1.5 million, according to the EDD report.

The segment called professional, scientific and technical services, which includes temporary staffing companies, contracted by 1,300 jobs during the month.

The largest contributor to the overall gain in jobs was leisure and hospitality, which added 2,000 jobs, nearly all of which were in the accommodations and food services category.

The second largest segment boosting local employment rolls was retail, which added 1,100 positions.

From May 2006, the region gained a net of 4,200 jobs, or 0.3 percent. The two main sectors driving the increase were leisure and hospitality, up 6,400 jobs, and government, which increased by 3,800 jobs.

The construction sector lost 6,900 jobs in the same 12 months, with the biggest losses, 4,000 jobs, coming in specialty trade contractors.

, Mike Allen

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