Chattanooga's jobless rate holds steady at 3% while unemployment edges up in Dalton to highest among Georgia metro areas

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Chattanooga area employers added a net 5,944 more jobs over the past year, helping to keep the region's jobless rate last month near its historic low reached in April.

Despite a drop of 450 jobs from September to October, unemployment in the 6-county metro Chattanooga area still remained constant last month because the labor force dropped even more, with 590 fewer persons on the job or looking for work.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development said Thursday that the jobless rate in metro Chattanooga was unchanged from September to October at 3.0%, which was below the comparable non-seasonally adjusted 3.1% in the rest of Tennessee and 3.3% nationwide during October. Chattanooga's unemployment fell to an all-time low of 2.8%