published Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Dalton jobless rate jumps to 10.4 percent in July, highest rate in Georgia

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    John Gooch files for unemployment at the Georgia Department of Labor office in Dalton, Ga.
    Staff File Photo by Margaret Fenton

Unemployment in metropolitan Dalton jumped back into double digits last month for the first time in a year as temporary plant layoffs in July more than doubled the number in the previous month.

The Georgia Department of Labor said today that Dalton's nonseasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose 1.1 percent during July to 104 percent — the highest jobless level in metro Dalton since July 2013.

Initial claims for jobless benefits in metro Dalton more than doubled from 772 in June to 1,629 in July due to temporary layoffs. Despite the monthly jump, initial claims for unemployment insurance in Dalton were still down by nearly 29 percent from the 2,284 new claims filed in July 2013.

Local government employment also dropped in July with school out for the summer, cutting the overall number of Dalton workers on the job during July by 300 from the June level.

Over the past year, however, Dalton employment still grew by 500 jobs. The primary growth was in textile manufacturing, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, and local government.

Dalton's 0.8 percent rate of job gains over the past year was less than half the statewide growth pace of 2.1 percent in all of Georgia.

Metropolitan Dalton, which includes Whitfield and Murray counties in northwest Georgia, had the highest jobless rate last month among the 14 metro areas in Georgia, Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate in Georgia at 6.6 percent,

Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for July was 7.8 percent, up from 7.4 percent in June.. Georgia's unemployment rate last month was the second highest of any state in the United States, behind only Mississippi with a July jobless rate of 8 percent.

The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate last month was unchanged at 6.2 percent.

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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