DALTON, GA, (WDEF)-The Greater Dalton Area is now ranked the tenth poorest region in the US.
This is mainly due to a severe lack of jobs.
NW GA Food Back, Holly Ashley,"The US census bureau again and the dept of labor says its over 12% just in the month of July for this year"
Ashley says the need for food has sky rocketed since 2011.
"Last Month in September it was 120,000lbs more than the same month the year before"
Her views are echoed by Robert Hill of Dalton Greater Works who has spent the past two decades running clothing and food banks across the region.
"When we started it was mainly with homeless men that were on the street, since that time, especially in the last four or five years we have seen more and more families coming to us, on government assistance, social security or nothing more than food stamps"
The Chamber of Commerce do acknowledge that there are a lot of problems here in Dalton but are doing everything they can to bring this economy back to where it used to be
Brian Anderson,"The downturn not only lost a lot of those jobs it lost a lot of those higher wages that you might get because you have a lot of overtime so what we are doing differently is we are doing proactive economic development for the first time in our history for the past 4 years"
Anderson says they are looking to bring in more foreign investment into the area to help boost their economy.
Representatives for Dalton Mayor David Pennington say further census statistics show that the median household income for the city of Dalton itself is on a par with the rest of Georgia it's just the outer areas that are in poverty.
Cookeville Tennessee came in four places higher than Dalton, at number 6 with Lumberton NC in first place.
For links on how to support the Food Bank or Dalton Greater Works check out the links below.http://www.chattfoodbank.org/learn/programs/member-agencies/products-available-at-dalton-branch/http://www.greaterworksdalton.org/