Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Dalton saw a decrease in the unemployment rate over the month as the number of claims dropped 27 percent in August.
"Although we are seeing fewer unemployed individuals now than before the pandemic started, we are also still seeing a decreased total number of people in the workforce when compared to numbers recorded prior to the pandemic,” said Comm. Butler. “This will continue to cause a hiring crunch until we can attract more people back to the workforce to fill the record number of job openings.”
In Dalton, the unemployment rate was down three-tenths of a percentage point to 3.1 percent from July 2021. A year ago, the rate was 6.1 percent.
The labor force decreased in Dalton by 756 and ended the month at 58,377. That number is up 2,006 when compared to August of 2020.
Dalton finished the month with 56,571 employed residents. That number decreased by 542 over the month and is up by 3,655 when compared to the same time a year ago.
Dalton ended August with 64,900 jobs. That number decreased by 200 from July to August and increased by 1,300 when compared to this time last year.
The number of unemployment claims went down by 27 percent in Dalton in August. When compared to last August, claims were down by about 86 percent.
Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed about 1,043 active job postings in Dalton for August.
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