Dalton leads nation in job losses

Dalton leads nation in job losses

June 12th, 2012 by Dave Flessner in Local - Breaking News

John Gooch files for unemployment at the Georgia Department of Labor office in Dalton, Ga.

Among the nation's 372 metropolitan areas, Dalton, Ga., had the biggest percentage decline in employment in the past year. From April 2011 to April 2012, the biggest share of jobs were lost in:

1 Dalton, Ga., down 6.4 percent, or 4,300 jobs

2 Ithaca, N.Y., down 5.6 percent, or 3,800 jobs

3 Fort Smith, Ark., down 4.8 percent, or 5,600 jobs

4 Elmira, N.Y., down 4.4 percent, or 1,800 jobs

5 Norwich-New London, Conn., down 4.3 percent, or 5,600 jobs

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, April employment report for U.S. metropolitan areas.