The Georgia Department of Labor issued their monthly unemployment numbers yesterday for Georgia’s 159 counties, and the unemployment numbers for Chattooga County are edging back up towards 13%.

In fact Chattooga County’s unemployment numbers for January of 2010 are slightly higher this year than they were in January of 2009.  According to the report Chattooga County’s unemployment rate this year for the month of January is 12.6%….up from 11.2% in December of 2009 and up from 12.2% one year ago.

The Chattanooga Metro Area which includes Walker and Catoosa counties is faring better than other areas of Northwest Georgia.  Walker County’s unemployment rate for January of this year is at 10% and Catoosa County has dropped down to a 9.1% – both lower than the state average.

Last week, William Steiner, executive director of the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission, said that so many manufacturing jobs have been lost and Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond projected in February that as many as 20 percent of the jobs that have been cut would not come back.