Jobless remain high

ATLANTA – Nearly 230,000 Georgians filed initial unemployment claims last week, down from more than 266,000 claims filed during the previous week, state Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler reported Thursday.
That brings to nearly 1.6 million the number of initial unemployment claims filed in Georgia during the last seven weeks, since the state began feeling the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
The largest number of claims by far – 446,437 – has come from the accommodation and food services sector. Health-care and social assistance workers have accounted for 183,328 claims, followed by the retail trade sector with 182,663.
The labor department has paid out more than $1.7 billion in combined state and federal unemployment benefits during those seven weeks.

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