October Unemployment Insurance Claims Rise

WNRR Augusta – GA State Press Release

 

October initial unemployment insurance claims rise 76 percent

ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that 56,652
laid-off workers filed first-time claims for unemployment insurance
benefits
in September, an increase of 76.3 percent from September of 2007.

During the first nine months of this year, 466,756 initial claims for
unemployment insurance have been filed, an increase of 38.8 percent over
the 336,286 initial claims filed during the same period last year. The
metropolitan areas with the highest percentage of increase in claims
are Gainesville, Dalton, and Rome. The areas with the smallest increase
in claims are Athens, Valdosta, and Augusta.

“For the second consecutive month, initial claims have risen by more
than 70 percent over the year,” said State Labor Commissioner Michael
Thurmond
. “Georgia is in the midst of a challenging economic
environment. The Georgia Department of Labor has shifted to 10-hour work days,
so that we can more effectively serve job seekers and employers. I
want to reaffirm our commitment to do everything we can to assist jobless
Georgians who’re looking for work.

During the past year, layoffs have come across-the-board. The
manufacturing, construction, trade and services sectors have been especially
hard hit. And, the total number of individuals receiving unemployment
insurance benefits
was up 53 percent over the year, from 57,629 in
September of 2007 to 88,121 in September of 2008.

Georgia labor market data are available at www.dol.state.ga.us.

THE 14 METRO AREAS OF THE STATE AND THE INCREASES IN THEIR INITIAL
CLAIMS FROM SEPTEMBER 2007 TO SEPTEMBER 2008 ARE ATTACHED.  NEWS MEDIA
NEEDING MORE INFORMATION MAY CALL  (404) 232-3685 . TABLES AND GRAPHS
REFLECTING LABOR MARKET DATA ARE AVAILABLE AT
http://www.dol.state.ga.us/pr/current_data.htm                       
                      

CY-08-398

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