The number of San Diego career opportunities available dropped last month.
During September, California's unemployment rate remained at 12.4 percent for the second month in a row, keeping it above the national average of 9.6 percent. San Diego's September unemployment rate has yet to be released, but the area had a rate of 10.6 during August.
The San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos area had a total non-farm employment of 1,208,500 workers during September, which is down from 1,208,600 workers during August and a .4 percent decrease from last year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The government industry experienced the biggest employment gain during September, adding 2,100 jobs over the month, for a current total of 215,500 workers.
That was followed by the education and health services industry, which added 1,200 jobs over the month, for a total of 144,900 workers. The trade, transportation and utilities industry added 500 jobs for a total of 195,300 workers.
Employment in the mining and logging and manufacturing industries remained even over the month with 300 workers and 91,200 workers, respectively.
Only two industries saw a yearly increase in employment. The professional and business services industry added the most workers, increasing by 2.5 percent to 198,300 jobs. The education and health services industry grew by 1.4 percent.
The leisure and hospitality industry was responsible for the majority of the San Diego's monthly job losses during September. The industry declined by 1,300 jobs for a current total of 155,600 workers.
Other industries that saw a monthly decrease in employment include: other services by 1,100 jobs; construction by 900 jobs; information by 400 jobs; financial activities by 100 jobs; and professional and business services by 100 jobs.
The mining and logging industry lost the most jobs between September 2009 and September 2010, as its workforce decreased by 25 percent.
Other industries that saw an over-the-year decrease in employment include:
- Information by 2.2 percent
- Manufacturing by 2 percent
- Financial activities by 1.9 percent
- Government by .17 percent
- Leisure and hospitality by 1.1 percent
- Construction by .9 percent
- Trade, transportation and utilities by .6 percent
- Other services by .2 percent
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