Metro Atlanta's jobless rate rises to 8.4 percent
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In this Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, photo, a help wanted sign is posted on the front window of a clothing boutique in Los Angeles.The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply for a fourth straight week, a sign that the job market may be improving. The Labor Department said Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, that weekly applications for unemployment benefits fell 29,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 343,000, the lowest in two months. It is the second-lowest total this year. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
In this Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, photo, a help wanted sign is posted on the front window of a clothing boutique in Los Angeles.The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply for a fourth straight week, a sign that the job market may be improving. The Labor Department said Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, that weekly applications for unemployment benefits fell 29,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 343,000, the lowest in two months. It is the second-lowest total this year. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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ATLANTA (AP) — State labor officials say preliminary numbers show that metro Atlanta's unemployment rate rose to 8.4 percent in December -- up from 8 percent in November.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced the new numbers early Thursday morning.

The 8.4 percent jobless rate is still under the 8.9 percent from this time last year.

State labor officials say the rate rose because of a combination of factors. They include a slight increase in initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits and an increase in the labor force, as more people began searching for work.

Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 6.6 percent.

The unemployment data for the metro areas is not seasonally adjusted.


The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in five years, a positive sign that layoffs have fallen and hiring may pick up.

The drop may also reflect the difficulty the government has in seasonally adjusting its data to account for layoffs after the holiday shopping season.

Here are the states with the biggest changes in applications. The state level data are for the week ended Jan. 12, one week behind the national data.

States with the biggest increases:

New York: Down 27,487, due to fewer layoffs in transportation, construction and educational service industries

Georgia: Down 7,520, due to fewer layoffs in manufacturing, wholesale trade and construction

North Carolina: Down 5,541, due to fewer layoffs in textiles, business services, construction and transportation and warehousing

Alabama: Down 4,245, due to fewer layoffs in textiles, construction and manufacturing

Wisconsin: Down 3,183, no reason given

South Carolina: Down 2,686, due to fewer layoffs in manufacturing

States with the biggest decreases:

Texas: Up 12,786, no reason given

California: Up 10,232, due to layoffs in services and agriculture

Florida: Up 7,314, due to layoffs in construction, services and manufacturing

Indiana: Up 4,266, due to layoffs in manufacturing and retail

New Jersey: Up 3,570, due to layoffs in the health care and administrative support industries

New Mexico: Up 2,125, no reason given



Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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