published Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Georgia: Dalton unemployment falls to 12.1% in August

 John Gooch files for unemployment at the Georgia Department of Labor office in Dalton, Ga.
John Gooch files for unemployment at the Georgia Department of Labor office in Dalton, Ga.
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Unemployment in the Dalton area declined slightly in August from the previous month, but the drop was due to fewer persons looking for work in Whtifield and Murray counties last month.

The Georgia Department of Labor reported today that the jobless rate in metropolitan Dalton declined by three-tenths of a percent in August to 12.1 percent.

Dalton continued to have the highest unemployment rate among Georgia’s 14 metro areas. The jobless rate in the Dalton area last month was above the 11.9 percent rate in August 2010.

State figures indicate employment in metro Dalton decreased by 695 jobs from July to August but the labor force fell even more with 1,000 fewer people either working or looking or work in the Dalton area during August.

Over the past 12 months, the Dalton area reported a net gain of only 17 jobs, according to figures released today by State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 10.2 percent in August, up one-tenth of a percentage point from 10.1 percent in July. The state’s jobless rate was also 10.2 percent in August a year ago. The increase is because about 5,500 new job seekers, as well as more of those already unemployed, were unable to find work.

August marked the 49th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.1 percent, unchanged from July.

about Dave Flessner...

Dave Flessner is the business editor for the Times Free Press. A journalist for 35 years, Dave has been business editor and projects editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, city editor for The Chattanooga Times, business and county reporter for the Chattanooga Times, correspondent for the Lansing State Journal and Ingham County News in Michigan, staff writer for the Hastings Daily Tribune in Nebraska, and news director for WCBN-FM in Michigan. Dave, a native ...

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rolando said...

Yeah. All the illegals left town and what few jobs remain were snapped up. Whtch our unemployment go up correspondingly...

September 22, 2011 at 10:05 a.m.
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Wilder said...

Georgia's new make believe immigration law, HB 87, does nothing to address the thousands of illegal aliens that are currently gainfully employed in Dalton's carpet mills.

Thousands more Dalton natives are displaced from the job market by bilinguals who flocked to Dalton from places like East L.A., to take advantage of the chaos created by the language disparity.

Seasoned drug traffickers also recognized that the newly colonized Dalton provided more than ample cover for a Southeastern distribution hub.

If there were any justice in this country, every member of the "Carpet Cartel" would be serving time on the same cell block as Bernie Madoff for the misery they have inflicted on Dalton's citizens.

September 22, 2011 at 8:58 p.m.
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