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Gwinnett's unemployment up for January

LAWRENCEVILLE — The unemployment rate in Gwinnett County increased to 9.3 in January, up three-tenths of a percentage point from the December figure, according to the state Department of Labor.

The preliminary unadjusted January figure was lower than the county’s jobless rate of 9.6 percent in January 2010. It’s also lower than the metro Atlanta and state unemployment figures.

Overall, the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in metro Atlanta increased to 10.4 percent in January, up three-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 10.1 percent in December, Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said. The rate matches the figure for the entire state.

The jobless rate in metro Atlanta in January 2010 was 10.7 percent.

Butler said Thursday the rate increased because of layoffs in manufacturing, construction and administrative and support services.

Unemployment rates increased in all areas of the state in January except Warner Robins, where the rate remained steady. Of the 25 local areas, metro Warner Robins had the lowest January jobless rate at 7.8 percent, while the highest was in metro Dalton at 13 percent.

Columbus had a rate of 9.8 percent, Athens 8 percent, Macon 10.5 percent and Augusta 9 percent.

In Barrow County, the unemployment rate rose from 10 percent in December to 10.9 percent, matching the January 2010 figure.

Walton County also saw an increase in the unemployment rate — from 10.5 percent in December to 11.1 percent in January — that matched the percentage of jobless one year ago.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.