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Dalton leads state in unemployment rate

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ATLANTA, GA (WRCB) -– The Georgia Department of Labor announced on Thursday that the preliminary unemployment rate in metro Dalton was unchanged at 11.4 percent from April to May. The rate was 11.5 percent in May 2011.

Metro Athens had the lowest jobless area rate at 6.5 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 11.4 percent.

Athens has had the lowest area rate, or tied for the lowest, each month since December 2009. Dalton has had the highest area rate since August 2011.

Meanwhile, Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.9 percent from April to May. The jobless rate was 9.8 percent in May a year ago.

The number of jobs in the state grew to 3,944,900 in May, up by 16,400 from April and by 34,000 from May a year ago.

In metro Dalton, jobs totaled 61,900 in May, down by 100 over the month and by 5,200 from May of last year.

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