Northwest Georgia’s Unemployment Rate Declines To 5.2 Percent In August

Metro Dalton’s Rate Down To 5.9 Percent

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the unemployment rate in the Northwest Georgia region in August was 5.2 percent, down four-tenths of a percentage point from 5.6 percent in July. The rate in August 2015 was 5.7 percent.

The rate fell as employers laid off fewer workers. The number of initial claims for unemployment insurance declined by 1,838, or 41.9 percent, to 2,552 in August. Most of the decrease came in manufacturing and administrative and support services, which includes temporary staffing agencies. Over the year, claims were up by 340, or 15.4 percent, from 2,212 in August 2015.

Also, the labor force in the Northwest Georgia region, which consists of employed residents and those who are unemployed, but actively looking for jobs, declined by 4,155 to 405,522 in August. The number of employed residents decreased by 2,370 to 384,317, while the number of unemployed fell by 1,785 to 21,205.

Metro Dalton’s unemployment rate in August was 5.9 percent, down four-tenths of a percentage point from 6.3 percent in July. The rate in August 2015 was also 6.3 percent.

The rate fell as employers added more jobs and laid off fewer workers.

The number of jobs increased by 200, or 0.3 percent, to 68,500. Most of the job gains came in trade, transportation and warehousing, along with state and local government as the public schools reopened for the new school year.

Over the year, Dalton gained 500 jobs, a 0.7 percent growth rate, up from 68,000 in August 2015. Most of the job gains came in trade, transportation and warehousing, along with the goods-producing sector, which includes manufacturing and construction.

The number of initial claims for unemployment insurance declined by 844, or 54 percent, to 719 in August. Most of the decrease came in manufacturing. Over the year, claims were up by 80, or 12.5 percent, from 639 in August 2015.

The labor force, which consists of employed people and those who are unemployed but actively looking for jobs, declined by 683 to 61,138 in August. The number of employed residents decreased by 420 to 57,508, while the number of unemployed residents fell by 263 to 3,630.

Metro Gainesville had the lowest area jobless rate at 4.4 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 6.6 percent.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for August was 4.9 percent, down from 5 percent in July. It was 5.6 percent in August 2015.

Job seekers and employers are encouraged to use the GDOL’s online job listing service,www.employgeorgia.com to search for jobs or recruit new employers. In August, 2,754 new job openings in the Northwest Georgia region were posted on Employ Georgia. Throughout the state, 62,839 new job openings were posted.

Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available atwww.dol.georgia.gov

To learn more about career opportunities, Employ Georgia and other GDOL services for job seekers and employers, and to connect with us on social media, visit www.dol.georgia.gov



Microgrids Hold The Key To Keeping Power Flowing After Disasters, UT Officials Say

Hurricanes cause problems, injuries, and even deaths in a number of ways, not the least of which is failure of the power grid. In the case of Hurricane Maria, for example, the amount of time it took to restore power in the US territory of Puerto Rico became an international story. It was seven months before most power had been restored. Power loss can be life-threatening in ... (click for more)

Unum Expects To Increase Its Long-Term Care GAAP Reserves By $590 Million After-Tax

Unum Group (NYSE: UNM)  announced that it has substantially completed its reserve review for its long-term care block of business, previously referenced in the company’s second quarter    2018 earnings release. Based on its analysis, the company expects to increase its long-term care GAAP reserves in the third quarter of 2018 by approximately $590 million after-tax, ... (click for more)

Soddy Daisy Man And His Sister Arrested In 2015 Murder Of Timothy Stewart

Detectives with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office have made arrests in the October 2015 murder of 33-year-old Timothy Brian Stewart, which occurred in the  200 block of Layne Road, Soddy Daisy. On Tuesday, detectives charged Randy Layne, 35, with criminal homicide. Also, Randy Layne’s sister, Kattie Lynn Layne, 32,, is charged with abuse of a corpse and criminal ... (click for more)

Fire Causes $250,000 In Damage To Home On Signal Mountain

Fire damaged a home on Signal Mountain late Tuesday night. At  11:18 p.m., firefighters from Walden’s Ridge Emergency Services (WRES) responded to a house fire on 5011 Anderson Pike. When the first engine arrived on the scene, they reported two vehicles and a portion of the house were on fire. WRES immediately requested a mutual aid response for supporting fire ... (click for more)

Arming Teachers With Guns Will Be Too Dangerous

Arming teachers with guns in the classroom, as Bill Lee proposes, would be the single most dangerous thing to happen to students in Tennessee history. Students and teachers in close proximity to loaded firearms daily? Across this state, in middle schools alone, there are probably hundreds of student/teacher conflicts a day. What if a student got hold of gun in a struggle with ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Who Is This ‘New Voice’?

It’s easy for me to say that I either know, or know about, almost every person running in November for the state legislature. Yet when I describe Lemon Williams as the most exciting of the bunch, that’s because he's the only guy I had never heard of when he picked up his qualifying papers. He just turned out the best political aspirant I have had a conversation with in the last ... (click for more)