Metro Atlanta unemployment was up four-tenths of a percentage point in December, but still remains lower than a year ago.
The Georgia Department of Labor said Thursday the jobless rate in the Atlanta area was 8.4 percent last month. It was 8.9 percent in December of 2011.
Commissioner Mark Butler said the rate increased because of more unemployment claims as well as an increase in the labor force.
Those new claims were in the fields of construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing and accommodations and food services. More than 6,000 more workers were seeking jobs in December.
Across Georgia, the metro Athens area had the lowest rate of unemployment at 6.6 percent and the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 11.4 percent.
The state seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose only one-tenth of a percentage point to 8.6 percent in December.
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