Laid-off workers filing for unemployment benefits rose by more than 18 percent in January over the month before. 89,659 laid-off workers filed initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits in January, an increase of 14,024, or 18.5 percent, from 75,635 in December. But, there was a decline of 5,605, or 5.9 percent, from 95,264 claims filed in January 2010.
Unemployment in Georgia continues above the national average. That meant the State had to borrow money from the federal government to help pay benefits. The debt is rising and the state will soon have to pay interest.