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County’s Unemployment Rate Hits Lowest Mark of 2011

San Diego County’s unemployment rate fell a half of 1 percentage point to 9.2 percent from October to November, the lowest it’s been all year, according to a Dec. 16 state Employment Development Department report.

The November jobless rate compared with 10.6 percent in November 2010. The state’s adjusted rate was 11.3 percent and the national rate 8.2 percent in November 2011.

The region added a net of 8,000 jobs last month, mostly in the sector that includes retail trade, which contributed 4,500 positions to the increase. The jobs were mainly temporary work caused by stores hiring help for the holiday shopping season.

For the full 12 months, San Diego gained a net of 26,600 jobs, or 2.2 percent versus the total in nonfarm employment as of November 2010. The two largest sectors contributing to the increase were educational and health services, up 9,100 jobs, and professional and business services, up 7,900 jobs.

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Three sectors posted year-over-year job losses: construction, down 1,900; other services, down 1,600; and information, down 100.

— Mike Allen

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