Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate rose to 9.4 percent in December from 9.2 percent in November, the state labor department said Thursday.
A year ago, the jobless rate was 10.1 percent.
Unemployment increased from November because there were layoffs in construction, manufacturing, retail trade, administrative and support services, and accommodations and food services, the labor department said.
For the core metro counties, Clayton posted the highest rate at 11.8 percent. Fulton was next with 9.8 percent, followed by DeKalb (9.7 percent), Cobb (8.5 percent) and Gwinnett (8.4 percent).
In the city of Atlanta, the jobless rate rose to 10.6 percent in December from 10.3 percent in November. A year ago, it was 11.3 percent.
Last week, the labor department reported that Georgia’s jobless rate declined in December for the third straight month, dropping to 9.7 percent from 9.8 percent in November. The jobless rate was 10.4 percent in December 2010.
Both the metro area and state rates are considerably higher than the nation’s, which is currently 8.5 percent.