The coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on Georgia’s economy, as almost 2 million Georgians have filed for unemployment. The unemployment rate in Georgia rose to an all time high in the month of April at 11.9%. The accomodation and food services industry was the most hard hit by the virus in terms of job losses.
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Georgia Initial Unemployment Claims per Week

Unemployment 10/5-10/9

Total preliminary initial unemployment claims were up +19% from the previous week. This is up 53,400 claims since last week, marking the first major uptick in initial claims since July 11th. All industries saw increases in number of new weekly initial claims since last week, with Transportation and Warehousing being hit hardest with an 88% increase in claims since last week, and Manufacturing seeing a 52% increase. The only exception to this was Health Care and Social Assistance, who saw merely 5 less new claims from the week prior, but still saw 4,461 initial claims this week.

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Unemployment 9/28-10/2

Total preliminary initial unemployment claims were up +0.8% from the previous week. This is up 348 claims since last week, but marks the second increase in initial claims since May 9th, showing a slowdown in the trend of declination. The industry with the largest absolute uptick in new claims was Retail Trade, seeing a 31% increase in new claims, while the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services industry saw a 46% increase in new weekly initial claims since last week. Meanwhile, Construction and Transportation & Warehousing both improved this week.

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Unemployment 9/21-9/25

Total preliminary initial unemployment claims were down 13% from the previous week. This is similar to the number of initial claims two weeks ago, which was 42,085 for the week ended September 11th. The industry with the largest upticks in new claims was Construction, seeing a 31% increase in new claims, while the Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation industry saw a 23% increase in new weekly initial claims since last week. Meanwhile, Retail Trade and Accommodation and Food Services both improved this week.

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Unemployment 9/14-9/18

Total preliminary initial unemployment claims were up 15% from the previous week. This is the first time since July 11th where there has been a weekly increase in the number of new initial claims. The industry with the largest upticks in new claims was Transportation and Warehousing, seeing a 105% increase in new claims, while the Retail Trade industry saw a 55% increase in new weekly initial claims since last week.

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Unemployment 9/7-9/11

Total preliminary initial unemployment claims were down 16% from the previous week. The industry with the largest upticks in new claims was Management of Companies and Enterprises, seeing a 10% increase in new claims, while the Retail Trade industry saw a 30% decrease in new weekly initial claims since last week. Overall, most industries significantly improved this week, with relatively very few new claims since last week.

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Unemployment 8/31-9/4

Total preliminary initial unemployment claims were down 2% from the previous week. The industry with the largest upticks in new claims was Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation, seeing a 29% increase in new claims, while the Real Estate and Rental and Leasing industry saw a 50% decrease in new weekly initial claims since last week.

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Unemployment 8/24-8/28

Total preliminary initial unemployment claims were down 11% from the previous week. The industries with the largest upticks in new claims was Real Estate and Rental and Leasing seeing a 122% increase in new claims, while the Retail Trade industry saw a 28% decrease in new weekly initial claims since last week.

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Unemployment 8/17-8/21

Total preliminary initial unemployment claims were down 7% from the previous week. The industries with the largest upticks in new claims was Health Care and Social Assistance seeing a 15% increase in new claims, while the Transportation and Warehousing industry saw a 49% decrease in new weekly initial claims since last week.

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Unemployment 8/10-8/14

Total preliminary initial unemployment claims were down 7% from the previous week. The industries with the largest upticks in new claims include Transportation & Warehousing as well as Educational Services, which may reflect the impact of current conflicts regarding the opening and closing of schools.

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Unemployment 8/3-8/7

Total preliminary initial unemployment claims were down 16% from the previous week, with the Retail Trade, Manufacturing, and Transportation & Warehousing industries seeing the biggest improvements. On the contrary, the Health Care & Social Assistance and Finance & Insurance industries saw upticks in new claims this week.

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