The unemployment rate took a slight uptick in Polk County, according to numbers released by the Georgia Department of Labor.
According to those numbers, the regional and statewide rates also saw small increases from November to December 2013.
State officials noted in a press release the rate took an upward turn at the end of the year “because the number of new layoffs, represented by initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits, increased to 10,961, up by 7,455, or 212.6 percent, from 3,506 in November,” the release stated.
The rate dropped considerably from Dec. 2012 to Dec. 2013 for Polk County, going from 8.4 percent to 7.2 percent in a year’s time.
The unemployment rate in the Northwest Georgia region increased to 7.2 percent in December, up two-tenths of a percentage point from 7.0 percent in November. The rate was 8.8 percent in December a year ago. Claims increased in several sectors, including manufacturing, construction, administrative and support services, trade, transportation, and social assistance, health care and social assistance, along with accommodations and food services. There were 6,220 claims in December 2012.
Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December was 7.4 percent, down from 7.6 percent in November. The rate was 8.7 percent in December a year ago.
Metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 5.2 percent, while the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 10.2 percent.