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September Jobless Rate Falls Slightly, to 6.4 Percent

San Diego’s unemployment in September was 6.4 percent, down by a tenth of 1 percent from a revised August rate of 6.5 percent, the state Employment Development Department said Oct. 17.

As it always does, the area sustained most of the declines from the many summer hospitality and tourism-related businesses that laid off their seasonal workers.

But job losses were felt in almost every industry sector except for government, which involves mainly teachers and other school personnel returning to work after the summer, and in some services.

From September 2007, the area has had a net loss of 5,100 nonfarm jobs. That was a drop of 0.4 percent over the year. The three sectors showing the largest job losses were construction, down by 6,800 jobs; financial activities, down by 4,100 jobs; and a category called trade, transportation and utilities, which lost 2,700 jobs over the 12 months.

San Diego’s unemployment rate was below that of California’s at 7.5 percent but above the 6 percent for the nation for the same month.

, Mike Allen

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