State labor commissioner says Dalton posts strong May

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said metro Dalton posted a strong May with key metrics trending in the right directions.

Metro Dalton is Whitfield and Murray counties.

Metro Dalton, preliminary numbers showed, made gains in jobs, labor force and employed residents both for the month and year. Metro Dalton was the only metropolitan statistical area in Georgia to see its unemployment rate fall in May.

“May was a good month for Georgia,” Butler said. “Many of our local communities added more individuals to their workforce — which is what we needed to see happen. And, several added jobs and even set records. That’s a great combination.”

Metro Dalton ended May with 69,500 jobs. That’s an increase of about 1,700 from the job total as of a year ago and it’s up 100 from April’s total.

The unemployment rate decreased in May, dropping by 0.1 percentage points to settle at 3.9%. A year ago, the rate was 4.2%.

Nationally, the rate for May held steady at 3.6%.

The labor force in metro Dalton increased in May by 253 to reach 61,219. That number is up by 322 from the total of May 2018.

Metro Dalton ended May with 58,860 employed residents. The number climbed by 355 in May and was up by 532 over May 2018’s total.

The number of unemployment claims fell in May by about 57 percent, and was up by about 36 percent from the same period last year.

Employ Georgia, the Georgia Department of Labor’s online job listing service at, showed 463 active job postings in metro Dalton for May.

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