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Unemployment rate rises slightly in Dalton for June

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Dalton's unemployment rate increased to 11.6% in June, up nine-tenths of a percentage point from 10.7% in May. In June 2012, the rate was 11.9%.

The Georgia Department of Labor said in a news releases the rate increased primarily because of two seasonal factors: large numbers of education workers are unemployed during the summer and new graduates are considered unemployed until they find a job.

The labor force, defined as the number of people employed plus those unemployed but actively looking for work, declined to 413,610 in June, down by 153 from 413,763 in May. It was down by 487 from 414,097 in June 2012.    

Athens, GA had the lowest area jobless rate at 7.2%, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 12.9%.

Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June was 8.6%, up from 8.3% in May. This compares to the June, 2012 rate of 9.1%.

RELATED LINK | Georgia Department of Labor report

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