Jackson County’s unemployment rate shot up in January to 9.5%, up from 8.1% in December. The rate is significantly up from one year ago when it stood at 5.2% in January 2008.
The statewide unemployment rate was 8.8% in January.
According to the State Department of Labor, some 2,673 Jackson Countians were unemployed in January.
In the immediate Northeast Georgia area, both Barrow and Franklin counties had higher unemployment in January at 10.2 and 11 percent respectively. The highest rates of unemployment in Northeast Georgia are Hart and Elbert counties, both of which exceeded 12 percent in January.