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Encinitas Unemployment Rate Drops to 6.4 Percent

Encinitas continues to have significantly lower jobless rates than the county, state and nation.

After remaining unchanged for two months, the unemployment rate in Encinitas dropped slightly in August, according to figures released by the Employment Development Department on Friday.

The local rate dipped to 6.4 percent, which represents about 2,500 people without jobs. That rate is down from 6.6 percent in June and July. The current rate has also dropped since last years. In August of 2011, the unemployment rate in Encinitas was 7.3 percent.

The unemployment rate in San Diego County in August was 9 percent, down from a revised 9.3 percent the previous month and lower than the 10.3 percent level of August 2011, according to the EDD.

Statewide, the unemployment rate in August was 10.4 percent, and 8.2 percent for the nation as a whole. The numbers are not seasonally adjusted.

In San Diego County, 143,900 people were unemployed last month out of a total job force of more than 1.6 million, almost 6,000 less than July. The total is down by about 19,000 since the same period last year, according to the EDD.

Most employment sectors gained jobs between July and August, led by trade, transportation and utilities with 1,300 new jobs, and leisure and hospitalities, with 1,200. The EDD reported that the professional and business services sector lost 3,100 positions during the time period, and manufacturing lost 700 jobs.

-City News Service contributed to this article.

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Julie Graboi September 22, 2012 at 02:34 PM
This is a nice article, Marlena. While it is good news that more Encinitas residents are working than residents in other cities or residents in the County overall, I suggest caution if any candidates try to take credit for this fact. Most Encinitas residents work outside of Encinitas, so I would suggest that people who can afford to live here, are overall more successful in their professions than County residents in general. Thus, most people who live here have higher quality jobs with higher pay—working mostly in other places. We can’t assume that this means that the Encinitas local economy has added high-paying jobs since most job growth has taken place in the service and retail industries. These areas have traditionally paid minimum wage.
Jay Berman September 22, 2012 at 06:52 PM
I wonder how they come up with these numbers ?

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