Metro Dalton’s Unemployment Rate Rises To 9.3 Percent In June

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Georgia Department of Labor announced that Metro Dalton’s unemployment rate increased to 9.3 percent in June, up five-tenths of a percentage point from 8.8 percent in May. The rate was 11.1 percent in June a year ago.

The rate increased because of seasonal factors, such as the summer job loss among non-contract school workers and an increase in the labor force as graduates and students entered the job market.

There were 64,000 jobs in Dalton in June, down by 200, or 0.3 percent, from 64,200 in May.

Most of the loss came in state and local education.

However, there was an over-the-year gain of 400 jobs, or 0.6 percent, from 63,600 in June 2013. The primary growth was in local government, retail trade and textile manufacturing.

Also, there were 772 new claims for unemployment insurance filed in June, an increase of 129, or 20.1 percent, from 643 in May. Most of the increase in claims came in administrative and support services, along with transportation and warehousing.  There were 983 claims filed in June 2013.

The labor force grew by 309 to 58,072 from 57,763 in May.

Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 6.3 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 10.4 percent.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for June was 7.4 percent, up from 7.2 percent in May. The rate was 8.4 percent in May a year ago.

Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.gdol.ga.gov


New Hamilton County Businesses

Here are the new business licenses from the County Clerk's office: GYPSY PICKER, THE 3411 HIXSON PIKE HIXSON, TN 37343   BUSY BEE DOLLAR STORE 1414 JENKINS RD STE 120 CHATTANOOGA, TN 37421   WINDOW CITY INC VARIOUS LOCATIONS CHATTANOOGA, TN 37402   WINDOW CITY INC VARIOUS LOCATIONS CHATTANOOGA, TN 37402   ELEANORS FLORAL SHOP ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Whiskey Applies For Permit For Distillery Across From Choo Choo

Officials of the Chattanooga Whiskey Company have applied for a permit for a distillery across from the Chattanooga Choo Choo. The location is at 1439 S. Market St. in a building owned by architect Thomas Johnson. The firm has given up on plans for a distillery at Fourth and Market, citing structural problems with the John Ross Building. (click for more)

Person Shot Sunday Morning On Englewood Avenue

One person was shot on Sunday morning in North Chattanooga. At approximately 9:18 a.m., the Chattanooga Police Department responded to a gunshot wound call at 1049 Englewood Ave. involving one victim. T he victim was transported to a local hospital suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. Chattanooga Police ask anyone with information regarding ... (click for more)

North Carolina Man Dies In Rafting Incident On The Ocoee River

A 50-year-old North Carolina man died Saturday morning when the raft he was aboard overturned in the Ocoee River. The victim was Gary Brown of Clayton. Mr. Brown and five other occupants along with a guide were ejected after the raft they were navigating overturned in a rapid.   The victim was unresponsive when he was recovered from the water further ... (click for more)

Dirt Decision At Camp Jordan May Come Back To Haunt East Ridge Councilmen

Wow. I thought the arrival of Bass Pro Shop would help bring East Ridge back to a position of prominence in the Chattanooga area, but the Council proved otherwise last night.  To the council - There is a reason that the developers want that dirt: It's valuable . You currently own it and the developer wants it. Bass Pro has already agreed to set up shop. They were going ... (click for more)

Farm To Table To Dollars

I recently hosted a discussion with local business leaders, Andy Berke, mayor of Chattanooga, and Heather McTeer Toney, southeast regional administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. We had an important conversation about the role of the business community in combating climate change. As the owner of 212 Market Restaurant in downtown Chattanooga, I’ve experienced ... (click for more)