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First time jobless claims jump 75%

POSTED: November 29, 2008 5:00 a.m.
ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Labor has announced that first-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits in October increased by 75 percent from the same month last year.
State Labor Commissioner said October, with 72,627 new claims, was the third consecutive month that initial claims in Georgia have risen by more than 70 percent.
During the first 10 months of the year, initial claims filed rose by 42.8 percent over last year.
The metro areas with the highest percentage of increase in claims are
Dalton, Brunswick and Athens. The areas with the lowest increase in claims are Augusta, Warner Robins and Hinesville.
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