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.
​GA Unemployment Rate 2019 vs 2020

Georgia Initial Unemployment Claims per Week

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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Unemployment 7/27-7/31

Total preliminary initial unemployment claims were down 14% from the previous week, however the Retail Trade and Transportation & Warehousing industries saw substantial increases in new claims this week.

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Unemployment 7/13-7/17

General Preliminary initial unemployment claims for the week ended July 18th were 120,281, which is down 18,171 claims from the previous week. Preliminary insured unemployment claims for the week ended July 11th were 695,827. This is down 96,890 from the previous week’s revised continuing claims number of 792,717 for the week ended July 4th. Since […]

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Unemployment 6/29-7/2

The unemployment rate for the United States in June fell 2.2% to 11.1%. This is a steeper decline than the April to May drop of 1.4%, which shows that people are getting back to work at states’ economies open up. This number, however, does not take into account some recent business closures as coronavirus cases […]

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Unemployment 6/22-6/26

For the week ending June 20th, there were 125,725 initial unemployment claims in Georgia. This is down 6,272 claims from last week. Initial claims have gone down in seven of the last eight weeks. Jobs were up in all Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) and regions of the state.  Unemployment benefit payments totaled $146,991,356 over the […]

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Unemployment 6/15-6/19

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the May preliminary unemployment rate was 9.7%. The preliminary April unemployment rate of 11.9% was corrected to an actual 12.6%, making it the highest unemployment rate in the state’s history. The Georgia unemployment rate from April to May decreased by 2.9%. There were 130,766 initial unemployment claims […]

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Unemployment 6/8-6/12

On Thursday, June 11th, the Georgia Department of Labor announced that they are extending unemployment benefits for those who qualify. Under the CARES Act, people who qualify for unemployment insurance (UI) are entitled to state unemployment compensation plus $600 per week from the federal government for 13 weeks. As UI benefits due to COVID-19 are […]

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Unemployment Overview

Unemployment Rate The outbreak of COVID-19 and resultant job loss has caused unemployment rates throughout the nation to increase to rates higher than during the financial crisis in 2008. With the state of Georgia being home to the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, and the Delta Airlines Headquarters, which both had massive layoffs […]

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Photo of an undetermined Georgia Tech home game during the 1918 college football season. That's when the sport was hit by the Spanish flu and the end of World War I.

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