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Georgia initial unemployment claims up in January

ATLANTA (AP) - Initial unemployment insurance claims rose 18.5% from December to January.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says nearly 90,000 people filed initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits last month. Though that was higher than December, it was 5.9% lower than January 2010.

Of the state's 14 major metropolitan areas, only Columbus, Rome, and Savannah reported decreases in initial claims filed from December to January. But 12 of the metropolitan areas showed a decrease from a year ago.

Much of the December to January increase occurred in the manufacturing, construction, administrative and support services, and trade sectors.

The number of Georgians who have been out of work for 27 weeks or longer in January was 262,700. That's a 47.1% increase from January 2010.

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