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Georgia jobless claims increase in March

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - More than 96,000 Georgians filed first time claims for state unemployment benefits in March.  That's an increase of more than 126% from one year ago.

The Georgia Department of Labor said 96, 306 laid off workers filed state unemployment claims. Most were workers in manufacturing, trade, and construction.

Valdosta had the smallest increase in claims, but they were still up 44. 6%,  Albany's claims were up 85. 2 %. Gainesville had the highest increase in claims, up 249%.

More than 172,000 Georgians are currently receiving unemployment benefits.

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