Jobless claim filings in Savannah area decline

ATLANTA – Initial jobless claims filings for the Savannah area are down 15.5 percent in Janauary over December, according to data released Wednesday from the State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

Laid-off workers in the Savannah metro filed 2,279 unemployment claims, down from 2,697 in December.

The bulk of the decrease in claims were in accommodation and food services and manufacturing, according to the labor department. There was a decline of 143, or 5.9 percent, from 2,422 claims filed in January 2010.

Savannah was one of three of the 14 major metropolitan areas in the state to have decrease in initial claims filed from December to January.

In Georgia, 89,659 laid-off workers filed initial jobless claims in January, up 14,024, or 18.5 percent, from 75,635 filed in December, according to the labor department. There was a decline of 5,605, or 5.9 percent, from 95,264 filed in January 2010.

Most of the over-the-month increase in statewide claims occurred in manufacturing, construction, administrative and support services and trade, according to the labor department.

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