October 26, 2012

Metro Dalton’s jobless rate declines to 11.2 percent in September

From Georgia Department of Labor reports

— The Georgia Department of Labor said Thursday that the preliminary unemployment rate in metro Dalton (Whitfield and Murray counties) declined to 11.2 percent in September, down from a revised 11.6 percent in August. The rate was 12.7 percent in September 2011.

The rate declined primarily because the number of unemployed people decreased by 220, while the number of employed people increased by 438.    

Metro Athens continued to have the lowest area jobless rate at 6.4 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest.

Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 9 percent in September, down from 9.2 percent in August. The jobless rate was 9.8 percent in September a year ago.

While the state lost 400 jobs from August to September, it actually gained 61,800 jobs since the 3,877,600 in September of 2011, climbing to 3,939,400.  

In metro Dalton, the number of jobs decreased to 61,200 in September, down by 200 from August, and down by 2,900 from 64,100 in September 2011.

Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.dol.state.ga.us.