Unemployment in Dalton, Ga., fell last month to its lowest monthly level since 2008, but the 10.2 percent jobless rate in metropolitan Dalton in April was still the highest among Georgia's 14 biggest metro areas.
The Georgia Department of Labor said today that employment in metro Dalton grew by 300 jobs during April, primarily from job gains at local carpet mills.
Over the past year, however, employment in Dalton was still down by 500 jobs since April 2012. Dalton was the only one of Georgia's metro areas last month still with double-digit unemployment, reflecting the job losses of more than a fourth of all carpet employment in the so-called Carpet Capital during and just after the Great Recession.
Dalton's 10.2 percent rate of unemployment during April was still a full 2 percent above the statewide rate of 8.2 percent for the rest of Georgia and nearly 3 percent higher than the U.S rate of 7.5 percent last month.
Across Georgia, unemployment was lowest in metro Athens at 5.6 percent.