SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV)- First time unemployment claims may be down in the United States, but they aren’t in Georgia.
Since the beginning of the pandemic the peach state has paid almost $14.8 billion in state and federal benefits.
These payments include over $1 billion in lost wages assistance payments–the latest federal stimulus program, to more than 650,000 Georgians.
There were 44,874 claims in the week ending October 3rd, according to a report from the Georgia Department of Labor that’s an increase of 1,348 from the week before.
Georgia is reporting that hospitality and food service are the leading drivers in unemployment claims.
The US the labor department says 751,000 workers filed for benefits last week. Official say that’s down by about 7,000 claims from the previous week. This was the third straight week below 800,000.
The good news is Georgians with questions about their claims can now schedule online appointments.
Each appointment will be assigned a two hour window in which a representative will call the person filing the claim. They say they have 3,000 slots available in the first two weeks.