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jobsSAN DIEGO – Unemployment held steady at 7 percent in San Diego County last month, unchanged from September, the state Employment Development Department announced Friday.

The figures are the first since the August statistics because of the partial shutdown of the federal government. The EDD depends on federal data to generate the numbers.

Unemployment locally was 7.4 percent in August.

In October 2012, the jobless rate was 8.6 percent. The San Diego figures for this October compares to a seasonally unadjusted 8.3 percent for California and 7 percent for the U.S, the EDD reported

The biggest sector for job growth over the past year in San Diego County has been in food services, with 6,400 new positions, according to the agency. Educational and health services gained 5,700 jobs.

The EDD said manufacturing lost 2,200 positions.

The agency reported 112,700 jobless San Diegans last month out of a workforce of nearly 1.6 million. In October last year, more than 138,000 people in the region were unemployed.

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