published Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Dalton jobless rate rises to 12.3 percent

Unemployment in the Dalton area rose 0.7 percent in July to 12.3 percent — the highest of any of Georgia’s 14 metro areas.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced today layoffs increased and total employment in Whitfield and Murray counties in Northwest Georgia fell by 600 jobs during July. Most were temporary layoffs in manufacturing.

Despite recent hiring by most of Dalton’s biggest carpet manufacturers, the July unemployment rate was pushed higher by both seasonal and short-term staff cutbacks and a rise in the number of people in he workforce.

The labor force, which is the number of people employed plus those unemployed but actively looking for work, rose by 269 to 59,783 from 59,514 in June. There were 59,989 in the labor force in July 2012.

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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