The pace of new layoffs is slowing down, but a rising number of laid-off workers are out-of-work longer.
That's the word from State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond on the release of new numbers on Georgia's unemployment picture.
The state's labor department says 69,869 laid-off workers filed first-time claims for unemployment benefits in August.
That represents a jump of 18.2% from August of 2008.
The last time the over-the-year increase in initial claims was this low was January of 2008, when an increase of 7.2% was recorded.
Most of the claims made last month were by workers in the sectors of manufacturing, wholesale-retail trade, construction and administrative services.