NWGA unemployment decreases, Murray increases
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The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the unemployment rate in the Northwest Georgia region decreased to 7.2 percent in November, down seven-tenths of a percentage point from 7.9 percent in October. The rate was 8.4 percent in November a year ago.

The rate declined in November because the number of unemployed people in the Northwest Georgia region decreased by 2,802, which is a significant improvement. There were 29,059 unemployed residents, down from 31,861 in October. There were 34,699 unemployed residents in the Northwest Georgia region in November 2012.

Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 5.1 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 10 percent.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November was 7.7 percent, down from 8.1 percent in October. The rate was 8.7 percent in November a year ago.

Local area unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Georgia labor market data are available at www.dol.state.ga.us

the rate for Murray County increased in November to 10.5 percent from 9.7 percent in October of this year. The rate for November of last year for Murray was 11.2 percent.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Dalton’s unemployment rate decreased to 9.4 percent in November, down five-tenths of a percentage point from 9.9 percent in October. This is the lowest the rate has been since it was 9.0 percent in October 2008. The rate was 10.8 percent in November a year ago.

The rate declined in November because the number of unemployed people in Dalton decreased to 5,425, down by 304 from 5,729 in October. There were 6,422 unemployed in November 2012.

While the number of jobs in Dalton was unchanged at 63,800 from October to November, they were up by 700, or 1.1 percent, from 63,100 in November 2012. Most of the jobs gained were in the goods-producing sector, which includes construction, along with professional and business services and trade, transportation and warehousing.