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Dalton area unemployment climbs

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By WRCB Staff

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) – Unemployment continues to rise in Dalton, Georgia, despite claims leveling off around the area.

According to the Georgia Department of Labor, the unemployment rate in the Dalton metro area was 11.6 percent in May, up two-tenths of a percent from April.

These numbers are in contrast to the Northwest Georgia region's numbers, which have remained constant at 10.4 percent.

Also in May, 1,335 laid-off workers in metro Dalton filed initial claims for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits, a decrease of 1,516, or 53.2 percent, from 2,851 filed in May 2009. Statewide, 57,919 laid-off workers filed initial claims, a decline of 17,517, or 23.2 percent, from 75,436 filed in May 2009. Most of the first-time claims were filed in wholesale and retail trade, manufacturing, construction, and administrative and support services. 

In a release to Eyewitness News, State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said, "We will not see a significant improvement in Georgia's job market until small businesses begin hiring, which will lay a solid foundation for a sustainable economic recovery."

The Georgia unemployment rate fell one tenth of a percent to 10.2 in May.  The national rate for May was 9.7 percent.

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