DALTON, WHITFIELD COUNTY (WRCB) – Metro Dalton's unemployment rate has risen to the highest in the state.

The Georgia Department of Labor says Dalton's unemployment rate has climbed to 12.5% for September, up four-tenths of a percent over the previous month.

The jobless rate in metro Dalton in September 2010 was 11.7 percent.

State officials say the increase was caused by the loss of 800 jobs and layoffs in manufacturing and construction.

The new rate makes metro Dalton the state's highest area for unemployment.

Meanwhile, Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 10.3 percent in September, up one-tenth of a percentage point from 10.2 percent in August. The state's jobless rate was also 10.2 percent in September a year ago. 

The rate increased due to Georgia losing jobs in September and many new job seekers continuously being unable to find work. The number of jobs in Georgia decreased 15,100, or four-tenths of a percentage point, from August to 3,793,200. Most of the loss was among seasonal workers in leisure and hospitality.

September is the 50th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.1 percent.

County –by-county unemployment rates:

Catoosa – 8.2%
Dade - 8.1%
Chattooga – 11.7%
Murray – 13.1%
Walker – 9.2%
Whitfield – 12.3%