published Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Jobless rate in Dalton, Northwest Georgia declines

The Georgia Department of Labor has reported that the unemployment rate for metro Dalton and for Northwest Geortgia went down in November.

In metro Dalton, the jobless rate declined five-tenths of a percent from October to 9.4 percent in November. A year ago the rate was 10.8 percent.

GDL said the rate for the Northwest Georgia region was down to 7.2 percent in November from 7.9 percent in October. In November 2012 the rate was 8.4 percent.

GDL said the metro Dalton rate was down because the number of unemployed people dropped to 5,425 from 5,729 in October.

GDL said the number of jobs in Dalton was unchanged at 63,800 from October to November, but were up by 700, or 1.1 percent, from 63,100 in November 2012. Job gains came in the goods-producing sector, which included construction, along with professional and business services and trade, transportation and warehousing.

Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November was 7.7 percent, down from 8.1 percent the preceding month. The rate was 8.7 percent in November 2012.

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