Job growth in San Diego County picked up over the last two months, despite a 16-day federal government shutdown that served as the latest threat to the region’s defense and research laden economy.

The county’s unemployment rate in October was 7 percent, unchanged from September, but below the 7.5 percent it reached in August.

The state Employment Development Department released the employment data for both September and October on Friday because the Oct. 1-16 shutdown delayed collection of the data. It showed San Diego’s job market improving from August, when annual job growth hit a low point of about 1.15 percent. That trailed the state and the nation.

In October, when employers added 10,800 jobs, annual growth was up to 1.8 percent, now faster than the state’s 1.4 percent and the nation’s 1.7 percent.

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