Walton County unemployment insurance claims up almost 329% in April

press release from Georgia Department of Labor

Northeast Georgia reaches an all-time high unemployment rate in April

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said that Northeast Georgia’s unemployment rate spiked in April, reaching an all-time high. The number of unemployment claims dramatically increased by 315% in April due to COVID-19 lay-offs. When compared to last April, claims were up by about 8,245%.

“Although we are seeing all-time high unemployment rates across a majority of the state, we are continuing to work with employers on effective strategies to get Georgians back to work in both a safe and economically efficient way,” Butler said.

Walton County’s initial unemployment claims were up 329% for the month. At 11,880 first time claims, it was 9,110 more than the 2,770 filed in March. In April 2019, just 122 people in Walton County filed first-time claims. Gwinnett County, which is part of the Atlanta Regional Commission District, had 136,026 initial employment claims filed in April, 106,258, or 357%, more than the 29,768 initial claims filed in March. In April 2019, just 1,162 initial unemployment claims were filed for Gwinnett County.

In Northeast Georgia, the unemployment rate increased in April to 11.6 %, an increase of 7.3 %. A year ago, the rate was 3%. The Northeast Georgia district includes Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Jasper, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, and Walton counties. Northeast Georgia ended April with 255,730 employed residents. The number decreased by 38,549 in April and was down 37,728 as compared to last year.

The Georgia labor force decreased in April by 17,999. The April total was 289,368. That number is down by 13,041 from the total from April 2018.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com showed 3,363 active job postings in Northeast Georgia for April. Visit gdol.ga.gov to learn more about career opportunities, Employ Georgia, and other GDOL services for job seekers and employers.

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