Georgia labor officials said a loss of seasonal jobs and an increase in new layoffs pushed the Augusta area’s unemployment rate higher in January.
The Georgia Department of Labor reported Thursday that the metro jobless rate was 9 percent, up from 8.6 percent in December.
The rate is slightly lower than for the previous January, which was 9.1 percent.
The number of initial claims for unemployment, tied to many of the seasonal layoffs, rose from 2,125 to 2,304. Most of the claims were filed in construction, trade, transportation and warehousing, professional and technical services, and administrative and support services.
The number of initial claims, however, is down by 504 from January a year ago.
Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January was 8.7 percent, unchanged from December.
The unemployment rate increased for all of Georgia’s metro areas. Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 6.6 percent, while metro Dalton and the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region tied for the highest at 11.9 percent.