The Georgia Department of Labor said Thursday that Metro Dalton’s unemployment rate for April was 6.7 percent, down from 7 percent in March. This is the lowest the rate has been since June 2008 when it was 6.6 percent. The rate in April 2014 was 7.7 percent.
Metro Dalton includes Whitfield and Murray counties.
The rate declined as employers laid off fewer workers. The number of initial claims for unemployment insurance declined by 533, or 36.4 percent, to 933 in April, down from 1,466 in March. Most of the decrease came in manufacturing and administrative and support services. Over the year, claims were down by one, or 0.1 percent, from 934 filed in April 2014.
The number of jobs in Dalton was unchanged at 68,400 from March to April. However, there was an over-the-year gain of 2,300 jobs, or 3.5 percent, from 66,100 in April 2014. Most of the job growth came in textiles and other manufacturing industries, along with trade, transportation and warehousing, and professional and business services.
Metro Gainesville had the lowest area jobless rate at 4.7 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha and the River Valley regions had the highest at 7.3 percent.
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