COLUMBIA (WSPA) – A record number of people had jobs in January, but the South Carolina unemployment rate went up slightly.

The jobless rate rose 1/10 of a percentage point to 4.4 percent according to numbers released Monday by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

The agency reports employment rose by more than 9,300 people from December to more than 2.2 million people. There was also an increase of more than 12,000 people joining the workforce, which helps explain the increase in the jobless rate.

The national unemployment rate grew to 4.8 percent in January after a number of 4.7 percent in December, 2016.

Here’s the unemployment rate for counties in the Upstate:

Union – 6.0%

Cherokee – 5.7%

Abbeville – 5.1%

Greenwood – 5.0%

Laurens – 4.9%

Oconee – 4.9%

Pickens – 4.8%

Anderson – 4.5%

Spartanburg – 4.5%

Greenville – 4.2%

Newberry – 4.2%