December 28, 2012

Metro Dalton’s unemployment rate declines to 11 percent in November

Submitted by the Georgia Department of Labor

— The Georgia Department of Labor said Thursday that the preliminary unemployment rate in metro Dalton (Whitfield and Murray counties) declined to 11 percent in November, down from 11.3 percent in October.

The rate was 12.1 percent in November 2011.

The rate declined because of fewer new layoffs, represented by first-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits. There were 108 fewer new claims for unemployment benefits in construction, manufacturing, trade, finance and insurance, and administrative and support services.      

Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 6.2 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 11 percent.

Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 8.5 percent in November, down from 8.7 percent in October. The rate was 9.5 percent in November a year ago.

Statewide, there were 3,984,000 jobs in November, up 9,600, or two-tenths of a percentage point, from 3,974,400 in October. During the year, Georgia gained 61,900 jobs, or 1.6 percent, from 3,922,100 in November 2011.

Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at