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San Diego’s unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in September, ranking 11th-lowest among counties in the state. That rate, not seasonally adjusted, is a 0.2 percent decline from August’s 4.1 percent unemployment rate, and a 0.3 percent decrease from September 2005. The state Employment Development Department reported the data this morning.

California’s (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate was 4.8 percent in September. That’s a 0.1 percent dip from August and a 0.4 percent decline from September 2005.

The state’s rate is a little higher than the nationwide unemployment rate, which was 4.6 percent in September, also down 0.1 percent from August and 0.5 percent from a year ago.

San Diego posted a net gain of 3,600 jobs from August to September. The 7,300-job gain in government – due largely to a new school session – was offset by a loss of 3,200 jobs in leisure and hospitality following the summer tourist season, and a 900-job loss in construction.

California gained 17,300 jobs from the previous month, following a gain in August of 36,800 jobs. The state’s total employment in nonfarm jobs was 15,043,500.

For the state, the only sector to lose jobs was trade, transportation and utilities.

Imperial County had the highest unemployment rate in the state in September, at 17.6 percent.

You can see a comparison of all of the counties here (in PDF).

KELLY BENNETT

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