From Staff Reports
The jobless rate in Dalton rose in Dalton and Northwest Georgia in October after slipping in September.
The Georgia Department of Labor reported Thursday that the unemployment rate for the metro Dalton area, which includes Whitfield and Murray counties, rose to 10 percent in October from 9.5 percent in September. The jobless rate was 11.3 percent in October 2012 and 10.3 percent in August.
The department said that an increase in layoffs and an increase in the number of jobless people in the workforce drove the increase.
But even as the jobless rate rose, so did the number of people employed. The number of jobs in the metro Dalton area rose to 63,700 in October from 63,400 in September, with most of the gains coming in textile manufacturing. On the year, the number of jobs in metro Dalton was up 700 from October 2012.
For the Northwest Georgia area as a whole, the jobless rate rose to 7.9 percent in October from 7.6 percent in September. The jobless rate was 8.9 percent in October 2012 and 8.3 percent in August.
The department again said that an increase in layoffs and an increase in the number of jobless people in the workforce drove the increase.
Things looked better for the state as a whole. Georgia’s unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent in October from 8.3 percent in September and 8.8 percent in October 2012.