Bartow County saw its jobless rate climb for the month of January. The county's rate increased to 7.3 percent, according to figures released on Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor.
The rate is slightly higher than the 7.1 percent unemployment rate for the month of December, but it remains much better than the 9.4 percent unemployment rate from January 2013.
Rates for surrounding counties for January include: Cherokee at 6 percent; Cobb at 6.4 percent; Floyd at 7.6 percent; Gordon at 8.1 percent; Polk at 8.1 percent; Paulding at 6.6; and Pickens at 7.1 percent.
The metro Atlanta unemployment rate also rose in January to 7.2 percent from 6.8 percent in December.
The Georgia Department of Labor said the metro rate increased because the area lost mostly 39,700 seasonal jobs, and the total number of jobs dipped to 2.40 million from 2.44 million in December.