Ga. unemployment claims increase over Jan. 2008

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Department of Labor says the number
of people filing first-time claims for state unemployment insurance
benefits is up 80.7 percent from January 2008.

Labor officials said today that 120,139 people who have been
laid off filed for benefits in January.

The metropolitan areas with the highest percentage of increase
in claims are Dalton, up 164.7 percent; Brunswick, up 163.7
percent; and Rome, up 153.4 percent.

The areas with the smallest increase in claims are Columbus, up
21 percent; Valdosta, up 35.4 percent; and Savannah, up 39.1

Most of the initial claims were filed by laid-off workers in
manufacturing, trade, administrative services, including temporary
employment agencies, and construction.

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