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Ahead of the business and school closings brought on by the COVID-19 virus, the Carpet Capital of Dalton had a jobless rate of 4.4%, one of its lowest levels in the past decade.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Dalton added 300 net jobs from January to February and employment in the two-county Dalton metro area was up last month by 500 workers from a year earlier. Although Dalton's unemployment rate was above Georgia's statewide average of 3.1% in February, Dalton's rate was still only.a third of the 13% peak reached a decade ago. Dalton ended February with 65,700 jobs.

But since that data was collected, the U.S. economy has slowed due to widespread shutdowns of restaurants, schools and businesses to limit the spread of the coronavirus and Dalton's jobless rate is projected to rise this spring and summer.

 

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