Dalton's Unemployment Rate Increased To 8.8 Percent In May

Thursday, June 26, 2014
The Georgia Department of Labor announced that Metro Dalton’s unemployment rate increased to 8.8 percent in May, up six-tenths of a percentage point from 8.2 percent in April. The rate was 10.3 percent in May a year ago.

The rate increase was seasonal, as new graduates entered the labor force looking for full-time work, while other students searched for part-time summer jobs. The labor force rose by 677, up to 57,786 in May from 57,109 in April.

While the rate rose, the number of jobs increased by 400, or 0.6 percent, to 64,100 in May from 63,700 in April. Most of the job increases came in trade, transportation, and warehousing, along with professional and business services and local government.

Over the year, the number of jobs increased by 600, or 0.9 percent, from 63,500 in May 2013. The job gainers were in retail trade and local government.

Also, there were 643 new claims for unemployment insurance filed in May, a decrease of 291, or 31.2 percent, from 934 in April. Most of the decrease in claims came in administrative and support services, manufacturing and construction, and transportation and warehousing. There were 1,055 claims filed in May 2013.

Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 5.7 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 9.8 percent.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for May was 7.2 percent, up from 6.9 percent in April. The rate was 8.4 percent in May a year ago.


SIGNIX Hires New Vice President Of Partner Development

SIGNiX , a company that provides secure and simple digital signature services announced the hiring of its new Vice President of Partner Development, Leonora Zilkha Williamson. Ms. Williamson will work to identify and target potential partners in a variety of industries.  SIGNiX has long been a partner-centric company that focuses on providing total solutions to software ... (click for more)

Northgate And Hamilton Place Malls Offer Free Trick Or Treating

Northgate & Hamilton Place Mall Stores are offering free family fun  with trick or treating at participating mall stores on Friday, Oct. 31.  It will last from 6 p.m. until close while supplies last. (click for more)

Additions And Improvements At Camp Jordan Arena Coming Soon

Additions and improvements are coming to Camp Jordan Arena in the near future. At the Thursday night meeting of the East Ridge city council, approval was given for buying new playground equipment. It will come from Gametime, a locally-based company. The VP of Marketing lives in East Ridge and made a proposal to set up the playground at Camp Jordan so his company could use it for ... (click for more)

Tribute Service For Luther Masingill Held At Historic Engel Stadium

It took a place as big as historic Engel Stadium for Chattanooga to say goodbye to their beloved Luther. Hundreds came Thursday afternoon to pay tribute to Luther Masingill who died early Monday morning after a radio career that spanned an amazing 74 years. It was clear from all who spoke that he was considered not only a radio personality, but also a role model. One after ... (click for more)

Not Everything Has Been Done To Save Hutcheson

I am a resident of Walker County and I have a personal belief that a hospital ranks equal to other basic services a community should offer (like police, fire, emergency services, school systems, government, etc.). I am not privy to all the management and financial conundrums concerning the feasibility of maintaining and growing Hutcheson, and as a private citizen I don’t believe ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Pete Carroll’s Philosophy

Pete Carroll, the head football coach of the Seattle Seahawks, has a deep belief that he can change people by simply listening to them and then making suggestions on how they can get what they really want. If the people Carroll who can influence win, Carroll wins, and remember his team won last year’s Super Bowl with his methods.   When asked for example, here is what ... (click for more)