Chattooga County’s unemployment figure has jumped to over 13% according to the latest numbers from the Georgia Department of Labor.  Meanwhile unemployment rates went down in Dade, Walker and Catoosa Counties.  In fact Catoosa County now has the lowest unemployment number in the state at 7.3%.  The state-wide unemployment rate for Georgia is around 10%.

Chattooga County Commissioner Jason Winters told AM 1180 Chattooga County Radio yesterday that the unemployment rate is higher than he anticipated, but said that he hope it was just a temporary spike.  Because of Chattooga County’s small population even a relatively small number of unemployment claims can cause a spike in the counties over-all unemployment number. 

Out of Chattooga County’s population of 27,000 people, there are only around 11,000 eligible workers factoring out the number of Chattooga residents that are children, retired or not able to work due to disabilities.

Chattooga County Commissioner Jason Winters said the county was expecting its unemployment rate to climb due to cutbacks at two Mohawk plants, but he was surprised that the rate topped 13 percent.