1st-time claims for jobless benefits: A mixed bag

First-time applications for unemployment insurance in Georgia were a mixed bag in January.

A recently released report from the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) shows claims were up 18.7% in Hall County compared to December but were down 22% from a year earlier. The statewide numbers show an increase of 50.5% over December but an 11.5% decrease compared to a year ago.

For the Gainesville-based Georgia Mountains Regional Commission (GMRC), which includes most of northeast Georgia, applications were up 14.5% in January compared to year before and down 18.7% compared to a year earlier. But, the Athens-based Northeast Georgia Regional Commission (NEGRC), which also includes some area counties, had a 6.8% decrease in January along with a 2.4% decrease for the year.

To get the number of applications filed in each county in Georgia, click here Georgia LaborMarket Explorer (ga.gov), look for the “What’s New?” Box and find “Claims” and then click “more.”