The Georgia Department of Labor announced that metro Dalton’s unemployment rate decreased to 9.4 percent in November, down five-tenths of a percentage point from 9.9 percent in October. This is the lowest the rate has been since it was 9.0 percent in October 2008. The rate was 10.8 percent in November a year ago.
The rate declined in November because the number of unemployed people in Dalton decreased to 5,425, down by 304 from 5,729 in October. There were 6,422 unemployed in November 2012.
While the number of jobs in Dalton was unchanged at 63,800 from October to November, they were up by 700, or 1.1 percent, from 63,100 in November 2012. Most of the jobs gained were in the goods-producing sector, which includes construction, along with professional and business services and trade, transportation and warehousing.
Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 5.1 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 10 percent.
Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November was 7.7 percent, down from 8.1 percent in October. The rate was 8.7 percent in November a year ago.
Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted.