Northwest Georgia’s jobless rate climbed in October, even as experts say the economic slump is slowing.

The unemployment rate for the region climbed from 11 percent to 11.2 percent, with the Dalton metro area jumping from 12.3 percent to 12.9 percent, according to statistics released Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor.

Chattooga County’s rate climbed two full percentage points to 13.4, while Gordon, Murray and Whitfield counties’ rates also rose.

The bottom line is that 45,000 Northwest Georgians were out of work in October, or half again as many as the 30,000 who were jobless in October, 2008.

"The recession will not end for the thousands of jobless Georgians until more employers start hiring again," state Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said in a release.

Georgia’s statewide unemployment rate moved from 10.1 percent in September 10.2 percent in October. Hancock County, in east central Georgia north of Milledgeville, leads the state with 20.4 percent unemployment.




Chattanooga TIme-Free Press / Georgia Department of Labor