WNRR Augusta – GA State Press Release
October initial unemployment insurance claims rise 76 percent
ATLANTA — The
laid-off workers filed first-time claims for 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
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.
â€œFor the second consecutive month, initial claims have risen by more
than 70 percent over the year,â€ said State Labor Commissioner Michael
Thurmond. â€œGeorgia 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 whoâ€™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 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.
CLAIMS FROM SEPTEMBER 2007 TO SEPTEMBER 2008 ARE ATTACHED. NEWS MEDIA
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