Unemployment 8/17-8/21

General

Preliminary initial unemployment claims for the week ended August 21st were 54,056, which is down 4,043 claims, or 7%, from the previous week.

Preliminary insured unemployment claims for the week ended August 15th were 547,674. This is down 7,805 from the previous week’s revised continuing claims number of 555,479 for the week ended August 8th, a 1.4% drop.

Initial unemployment claims have been declining since the week ended July 11th.

Most Improved Industries this Week

The industries in Georgia with the largest declines in initial unemployment claims since last week, include Transportation and Warehousing which saw 1,523 less new claims and a 49% decrease in new claims since last week, a reversal from last week.

Next, the Manufacturing industry saw 1,255 less new claims and a 27% decrease in new claims since last week.

Additionally, the Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services industry saw a 14% decline in initial unemployment claims, down new 781 claims since last week. This industry has had a steady decline in new claims since July 11th.

Most Declining Industries this Week

The industries with the largest increases in initial unemployment claims include Health Care and Social Assistance, which saw 745 more new claims and a 15% increase in new claims since last week.

Additionally, the Accommodation and Food Services industry saw 236 more new claims and a 2% increase in new claims since last week.

Generally speaking, the vast majority of industries are improving in terms of number of weekly initial unemployment claims.

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