The county unemployment rate rose to 3.7 percent in June, up from a revised 2.9 percent in May. Non-farm jobs dropped by 800 in the month, which is not alarming — at least yet.
Leisure and hospitality jobs did best, rising 2300. That has a seasonal component. Employment in professional and business services dropped by 2500 — something to watch in future months.
The unemployment rate hit or topped 4 percent in several communities: Bonita 4.8 percent, Bostonia 7.2, Casa de Oro Mount Helix 4.1, Chula Vista 4.1, El Cajon 4.1, Imperial Beach 4.6, Lakeside 4.1, Lemon Grove 4.2, National City 5.0, Spring Valley 4.7 and Vista 4.0.