News on the job front for the tri-county area and the state is not what everyone had hoped for with the release of December’s unemployment figures. York County’s rate experienced a 1.1 percent increase last month to 10.2 percent. Chester County’s jobless rate rose .6 percent to 13.1 percent in December, while Lancaster County’s rate also went up .6 percent to 11.6 percent. The good news is that rates in all three counties are well below the rates for December 2011. South Carolina’s unemployment rate inched up .1 percent last month to 8.4 percent. That rate was also more than a full percent below the December 2011 figure.