There was a double-digit increase in the number of laid-off workers filing initial claims for unemployment benefits in January in metro Atlanta and Georgia, the state labor department reported late Wednesday.
A total of 35,038 laid-off workers in metro Atlanta filed initial claims for unemployment benefits — an increase of 11.9 percent from December, the labor department said. But there was a 13.4 percent decline from a year ago.
Most of the monthly increase in claims came in manufacturing and construction, the labor department said.
Statewide, 89,659 laid-off workers filed initial claims in January — an increase of 18.5 percent from December. But there was a drop of 5.9 percent from January 2010.
Much of the monthly increase in statewide claims occurred in manufacturing, construction, administrative and support services, and trade, the labor department said.
“Most of these were seasonal layoffs that occur each year,” state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a news release. “However, I am concerned that the number of long-term unemployed Georgians continues to increase. This is a sure sign that the state’s job market remains soft.”
There were 262,700 Georgians who have been out of work for at least 27 weeks in January. This represents an increase of 47.1 percent from a year ago, the labor department said.
- Henry Unger, The Biz Beat
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