After several months of straight decreases at the end of 2012, the December jobless rate ticked up to 8.6 percent, from 8.5 percent in November.
State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says the rise came because of a combination of factors. An increase in layoffs was driven mostly by seasonal layoffs in education.
Butler called the December numbers "flat."
"2012 has been a very good year for Georgia when it comes to job growth," Butler said.
The workforce increased in Macon last month by 1700 jobs. Warner Robins had a decrease by 300 jobs.