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Metro Dalton unemployment rises to 12.1 percent

DALTON, WHITFIELD COUNTY (WRCB) - The unemployment rate in the Dalton Metro area increased 1.1 percent in June to 12.1 percent.

The total is up half a percent from June of last year.

"The increase was caused primarily by two seasonal factors," said Butler. "There were layoffs among non-contract public school employees, such as bus drivers and janitorial workers, and an increase in the labor force, as students began looking for permanent or part-time jobs."

Dalton had a net loss of 600 jobs, with additional layoffs in manufacturing and retail trade.

The North Georgia region, as a whole, saw an increase of 0.6 percent to 10.7 percent in June.

Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 9.9 percent in June, up one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.8 percent in May. The state's jobless rate was 10 percent in June a year ago.

The national unemployment rate for June is 9.2 percent.

Unemployment Rates by County:

Catoosa: 8.1%
Chattooga: 12.2%
Dade: 9.0%
Murray: 12.1%
Walker: 9.0%
Whitfield: 12.2%

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