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Unemployment Creeps Upward

San Diego’s unemployment rate increased to 4.4 percent in October, up from 4.2 percent in September, according to the latest report from the state’s Employment Development Department.

During the month, the region gained 6,200 new jobs to reach 1,283,700 in non-farm jobs. However, because the labor force also increased by 11,600, the rate declined.

The largest sector showing job gains during the month was government, which increased by 5,400, mostly due to the return of teachers and other workers from the summer recess.

The sector showing the biggest decrease was leisure and hospitality, which lost 1,300 jobs caused by employers laying off workers following the end of the summer tourism season.

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During the past year from October 2004, leisure and hospitality added a net of 5,200 jobs, the most of any sector. That was followed closely by construction, which grew by 5,100 jobs, and then educational and health services, which added 4,400 jobs during the year.

Three sectors reported fewer total jobs in the region during the year: professional and business services, down 1,300 jobs; government, down 900; and manufacturing, down 600.

The unemployment rate for California during October was 5 percent. For the nation, the rate was 4.6 percent.

, Mike Allen

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