The Georgia Department of Labor said Thursday that Metro Dalton’s unemployment rate for May was 6.6 percent, down from 6.7 percent in April. The rate in May 2014 was 8.1 percent.
Metro Dalton includes Whitfield and Murray counties.
The rate in Dalton, the only area rate in the state that declined, fell as the number of new layoffs dropped, while the number of jobs increased.
The number of initial claims for unemployment insurance declined by 414, or 44.4 percent, to 519 in May. Most of the decrease came in manufacturing, health care and social assistance, and retail trade, transportation and warehousing. Over the year, claims were down by 124, or 19.3 percent, from 643 filed in May 2014.
The number of jobs in Dalton increased by 500, or 0.7 percent, to 68,800 in May. Most of the gains came in manufacturing and trade, transportation and warehousing.
And, there was an over-the-year gain of 2,100 jobs, or 3.2 percent, from 66,700 in May 2014. Most of the job growth came in manufacturing, trade, transportation and warehousing, and professional and business services.
Metro Gainesville had the lowest area jobless rate at 5.1 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 7.7 percent.
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