Special to the Journal
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that 34,293 laid-off workers filed first-time claims for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits in September, down by 1,210, or 3.4 percent, from August when 35,503 claims were filed. The last time initial claims were below this level was in September 2007, when 32,139 were recorded.
Initial claims were down over the month in construction, administrative and support services, retail trade, professional, scientific and technical services and health care and social assistance. Initial claims were up in manufacturing, mostly due to temporary layoffs.
Over the year, initial claims were down by 5,271, or 13.3 percent, from 39,564 in September 2012. Most of the decline came in manufacturing, construction, retail trade, administrative and support services and educational services, along with professional, scientific, and technical services.