San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) feared that unemployment in the county may increase again.

SANDAG claimed unemployment in San Diego County has dropped to 14.3%.

However, it is likely to start increasing again due to modified public health orders.

This is even as unemployment has slowly but steadily declined from the high of 25% the week of May 9th.

“The county health orders on Tuesday closing of establishments will likely take a toll on the region,” said SANDAG.

Affected Industries

SANDAG identified the affected industries. 

These are bars, indoor dining at restaurants and indoor business at zoos, museums, movie theaters and other businesses.

SANDAG Chief Economist Ray Major said:

“The recent rollbacks in opening could significantly impact the food and beverage industry.”

“Additionally, we could see another wave of layoffs as funding from Paycheck Protection Program loans is exhausted.”

The SANDAG office of the Independent Performance Auditor is the official body of SANDAG.

It investigates allegations of potential fraud, waste, and abuse identified by SANDAG staff or other stakeholders.

Unique Position

SANDAG Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata believe their input can help local leaders to plan ahead to prevent unemployment.

He said:

“This data can help inform local leaders as they continue to plan our region’s recovery.

“As the forum that brings together elected officials and leaders from throughout the San Diego region.

“SANDAG is in a unique position to analyze this data and to develop reports and economic forecasts.”

SD UNEMPLOYMENT MAY INCREASE AGAIN

Areas That Hit The Hardest

SANDAG has also identified the areas hit the hardest by unemployment.

The five most impacted ZIP codes regionwide, including Encanto, College Area, City Heights, San Ysidro, and Logan Heights.

Only Logan Heights is estimated to still have an unemployment rate above 20%.

They also see five ZIP codes least affected, with unemployment rates just over 10%.

These are the areas of Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, Chula Vista NE, and Rancho Bernardo W.

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