A patient is treated at the Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center. Courtesy of the center

The unemployment rate in San Diego County ticked up from 2.7 percent in May to 3.3 percent in June, but year-to-year job growth remained strong.

The rate in San Diego remained well lower than the rate for California and the United States as a whole, which were 4.1 percent and 3.8 percent, respectively.

The latest report from the California Employment Development Department showed significant gains in the “professional and business services” and “educational and health services” categories over the past year. Those two categories added a combined total of 15,400 jobs, and manufacturing another 3,700.

“The economy continues to get stronger in large part because of San Diego’s continued recognition as a technology hub. The regional leadership in tech supports other industries such as healthcare, which continues to lead the country in using advanced technologies to improve service,” said Sean Karafin, vice president of policy and economic research at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The unemployment rate for San Diego has been below 4 percent for the past two years. “Overall, this is still a hot market for job seekers,” noted Phil Blair, executive officer at Manpower in San Diego.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.