Slight Rise in Imperial Beach Unemployment Rate

At 13.7 percent, Imperial Beach's January unemployment rate was lower it was during the same month last year but higher than it was in December 2012.

 The unemployment rate in San Diego County was 8.6 percent in January, up from a revised 8.2 percent in December, but below the 9.5 percent figure from January 2012, the state Employment Development Department announced Friday.

That compares with unemployment rates of 10.4 percent in California and 8.5 percent nationwide during the same period. Those figures are not seasonally adjusted.

Imperial Beach's unemployment rate had mixed results in January.

With a 13.7 percent unemployment rate, California's most southwest city saw a 0.5 percent increase in unemployment compared to December 2012. However that is still more than a percent lower than the 14.9 percent unemployment rate in January 2012.

Imperial Beach continues to be the city with the second highest unemployment rate in San Diego County behind National City.

Among ways to find a job, the San Diego Metro Region Career Centers will host a career fair Friday from 1-4 p.m.

SeaWorld Aquatica will have a job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The National City Chamber of Commerce will host a job fair April 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Job seekers may also search the IB Patch Jobs classifieds.

The San Diego region lost around 22,000 jobs between December 2012 and January 2013, according to the EDD.

The biggest job losses over the month came in the trade, transportation and utilities sector, which was down 9,400 jobs. About 80 percent of the sector's seasonal losses were in retail trade, mostly from general merchandise, clothing and clothing accessories stores.

Seven other sectors reported losses over the month, including leisure and hospitality, government, professional and business services and education and health services, according to the EDD.

A gain of 300 positions was recorded in the financial activities sector and agricultural employment gained 200 jobs.

The agency reported that 137,200 San Diego County residents were jobless in January, out of a civilian labor force of more than 1.6 million people.


City News Service contributed to this report.

Libi Uremovic March 22, 2013 at 07:03 PM
'...Imperial Beach continues to be the city with the second highest unemployment rate in San Diego County behind National City...' ib also has the lowest tax revenue in the state....no, it's not the economy, it's poor management ...
Salinde March 22, 2013 at 07:49 PM
Measure IB against other cities the same size in population and phyiscal characterics. IB on the Palm side only runs from Seacoast to 13th, on the IB Blvd side it runs from Seacoast to 15th. On the IB Blvd side the first businesses dont even show up until 13th street, outside of the Forum in Seacoast. There is the medical offices just past 13th there but thats about it. On the Palm side these are mostly Mom and Pop shops, obviously 7/11, Felipes and CVS arent nor are the fast food places. Not to mention most of these are low paying jobs as well. There is 'little' promise for more jobs if they develop 9th and Palm but those will be either retail or eateries. To varying degrees you can claim bad management especially when it comes to 9th and Palm. Outside of that IB proper can only support some many jobs because there is very limited ability to bring in those type of employers that hire a lot of people, we just can't make more land. Coronado, which has a simalar population size and phyical size is successful only because of tourism and the Navy. Also, IB the people of IB have to look at themselves as well, many people just dont want the change, so jobs go else where. The City Council should offer tax incentives to those places that hire strictly local people. But, that wont solve the issues either. Seacoast you can only have so many businesses as well and ALL of them are mom and pop.
John Galt March 23, 2013 at 05:31 AM
Outside of the government jobs, the greatest employer comes from the manufacturing sector. Unfortunately manufacturing companies have all but outlawed in California. When you look at Manufacturing companies and how many hoops they have to go through to do business in California it's no wonder they're leaving the state. They have to be worried about Stormwater collection. They have to be worried about workers comp. By the way California has the highest workers comp rates in the country. They have a lot of other things to worry about that none of the other states require.
Libi Uremovic March 23, 2013 at 11:47 AM
it is not the state that suppressed individual rights it is the local governments and yourself ...
John Galt March 23, 2013 at 12:04 PM
Libi - as usual CLUELESS
ibcalif March 23, 2013 at 04:39 PM
Dear Liberal Uremoveit, perhaps you could get a job, a hobby, a boyfriend/girlfriend, a pet, go to the gym, (pretty much anything really) that will substitute for the thrill you get by spamming darn near every Patch comment board you can find. "just saying"


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