Metro Dalton Unemployment Rises Over 12%

Reported by: Webb Wright
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Updated: 8/22/2013 7:11 pm
      After a steady decline earlier in the year, North Georgia unemployment figures are back on the rise.
      Metro Dalton suffered a 0.7 percent increase in July, pushing the rate to 12.3 percent. But there is a silver lining officials say, more people are activiely looking for jobs.
      They also say there are jobs to be had in Dalton, but the technology may leave many unqualified.
      "We've got jobs going begging at the moment because we have so many unskilled workers who can't fill those jobs, so at the moment we need a lot more skilled workers in Dalton than what we have. We also have an issue as far as education level our community also that needs to be taken care of if we are going to really have a viable workforce," says Dalton Mayor David Pennington.
      Another silver lining? Mohawk, Shaw, and Engineered Flooring have all held job fairs in the past few weeks in Dalton looking to fill jobs.
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