Dalton among biggest job losers in America

BIGGEST JOB LOSERSFrom December 2010 to December 2011, the metro areas with the biggest share of employment cuts were:1. Missoula, Mont., which lost 6.5 percent of its employment, or 3,600 jobs.2. Abilene, Texas, which lost 5.3 percent of its employment, or 3,500 jobs.3. Dalton, Ga., which lost 4.9 percent of its employment, or 3,200 jobs.4. Yakima, Wash., which lost 4 percent of its employment, or 3,100 jobs.5. Lawton, Okla., which lost 3.9 percent of its employment, or 1,700 jobs.Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Dalton, Ga., suffered the third worst employment drop of any of America's 372 metropolitan areas last year, according to government figures released Wednesday.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said in the 12 months ending in December, Dalton shed 3,200 jobs, cutting its employment for all of 2011 by 4.9