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Unemployment rate climbs across state
Glynn County and other communities in the Brunswick metro area followed a statewide trend in January, posting a higher unemployment rate than they did the previous month.

Joblessness in Glynn County rose to 10 percent in January from 9.5 percent in December.

The Georgia Department of Labor says the increase is due to a drop in seasonal jobs that were available during the Christmas shopping season and layoffs.

The metro Brunswick area showed an overall increase during the same two months, rising to 10.3 percent in January from 9.7 percent in December. Counties in Metro Brunswick, in addition to Glynn County, are Brantley and McIntosh.

Brantley County unemployment shot up the most over the two-month period, jumping to 11.4 percent in January from 10.5 percent just one month earlier. McIntosh County climbed to 10.4 percent from 9.9 percent during the same time period.

While the rates in the three counties in the metro area reflected an increase in January, they remain lower than they were this same time a year ago. In January 2012, unemployment in the individual counties of Glynn, McIntosh and Brantley counties was .6 percent higher than it was this past January.

Camden County's unemployment rate grew to 9.1. from 8.8 percent from December to January but remained lower than it was in Janaury 2012, when it was 9.7 percent.

In metro Brunswick, the number of jobs declined by 800, or 2.0 percent, from 40,800 in December to 40,000 in January.

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.

Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January was 8.7 percent, unchanged from December.

The rate was 9.3 percent in January a year ago.

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