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GA's jobless claims drop, unemployment length rises

By Cade Fowler - bio | email

ATLANTA, GA (WALB) - The Georgia Department of Labor released the state's jobless rate for the month of July and the latest numbers bring both good news and bad news.

"The July jobless claims report presents a classic good news/bad news scenario," said State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond. "Fewer Georgians are being laid off, but a rising number of laid-off workers are remaining unemployed for longer periods of time."

Just under 94,000 workers filed first time state unemployment insurance claims last month, up 58.9% from July of 2008. This, however, is the lowest increase since November of 2008.

Most of the initial claims were filed by laid-off workers in manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, construction, and administrative and support services.

GDOL officials say the total number of Georgians receiving UI benefits stands at 303,839. On average, jobless workers drew benefits for 13.4 weeks in July.

Albany Metro unemployment claims rose to 1,451 last month. The 35.5% year-to-year increase is the third lowest in the state. The highest is reported in Savannah Metro where unemployment claims are up 289% from last year.

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