Layoffs at the mall, factory and construction site triggered a rise in metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate in January to 8.7 percent, the state labor department reported Thursday.
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Seasonal layoffs lead to an increase in Atlanta’s unemployment rate:
December 2008 to January 2009: .9 percent.
December 2009 to January 2010: .5 percent.
December 2010 to January 2011: .3 percent.
December 2011 to January 2012: .2 percent.
December 2012 to January 2013: .3 percent.