San Diego County’s unemployment slightly up in June

San Diego County’s unemployment rate was 10.5 percent in June, edging up from the previous month, state Employment Development Department figures show Friday.

The local figure is higher than the national unemployment rate of 9.6 percent, but lower than the state of California’s 12.2 percent.

“The road to economic recovery is long and difficult, and that’s why it is so important that the state not hinder progress,’' Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said in a statement. “This means passing a budget as quickly as possible and making sure that budget does not raise taxes and costs on the employers who will get our economy back on track.”

Total non-farm employment in San Diego County dropped by 1,200 jobs, led by a loss of 3,000 federal government positions, according to the EDD.

The agency reported that leisure and hospitality jobs jumped by 2,000 spots and utilities added 1,200 workers.

The unemployment rate was 10 percent in June 2009, and more than 13,000 jobs have been lost since, according to the EDD.

The agency estimated that 164,900 San Diego County residents were unemployed last month.