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March 27, 2014

Metro Dalton’s unemployment rate dips

Metro Dalton’s unemployment rate decreased to 9.1 percent in February, down from 9.6 percent in January, according to the state labor department. The rate was 11.1 percent in February 2013.

Metro Dalton includes Murray and Whitfield counties.

The rate declined because there were 932, or 26.3 percent, fewer new layoffs, represented by initial claims for unemployment insurance. There were 2,609 new claims filed in February, down from 3,541 in January. Most of the decline in claims came in manufacturing. There were 1,479 claims in February 2013.

The number of jobs in Dalton remained steady at 62,900 between January and February, the same number as in February 2013.

Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate in the state at 5.1 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 9.7 percent.

Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February was 7.1 percent, down from 7.3 percent in January. The rate was 8.5 percent in February 2013.

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


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