ATLANTA (WRCB) -- The preliminary unemployment rate in metro Dalton declined to 11.6 percent in August, according to a statement sent Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor. That number is down five-tenths of a point from 12.1 percent in July. The rate was 12.4 percent in August 2011.
The decrease is attributed to there being 690 fewer layoffs in the area, and a decline in the labor force as some students left summer jobs to return to school.
In northwest Georgia, the preliminary unemployment rate declined to 9.4 percent in August, down three-tenths of a
percentage point from 9.7 percent in July. The rate was 10.4 percent in August
The metro Athens area continued to have Georgia's lowest area jobless rate at 6.7 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha Regional Commission had the highest at 12.2 percent.
The number of jobs in the state rose by 25,100, or six-tenths of a percentage point, from 3,914,100 in July to 3,939,200 in August. Georgia has created 49,700 jobs since August 2011 when there were 3,889,500 jobs.
In metro Dalton, jobs increased to 61,400 in August, up by 400 from July, but down by 3,300 from 64,700 in August 2011.