ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) – (UPDATED on May 21, 2020). We’re keeping track of the number of unemployment insurance claims filed nationally and here in the State of Georgia during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) gives a weekly update on the total number of people who have filed claims.

Latest Weekly Unemployment Claims Data:

As of today, May 21, 2020, the DOL reported 2,438,000 filings in the U.S. as of May 16, 2020. It indicated that number was a decrease of 249,000 from the prior week’s revised level of 2,687,000.

In Georgia, DOL data showed there were 176,548 initial filings for the week ending May 16. The report showed Georgia had 242,772 the prior week of May 3 through May 9, which is a difference of 66,224.

In a May 21, 2020 press release, State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the number of initial unemployment claims filed in Georgia has reached an all-time high once again. This is in reference to the April 2020 labor statistics, which he says shows a total that “surpasses the number of claims reached in the past four years combined.”

Butler said the unemployment rate increased by 7.3 percentage points in April to reach 11.9%, which is an all-time high. The release indicates the rate was 3.6% last year.

GDOL data also shows the number of employed residents decreased by 624,126 over the last month, which brought the total to 4,293,628 and what the GDOL said is the lowest number of employed residents in 8.5 years.

To view more of the recent GDOL statistics, click here.

ORIGINAL POST:

On April 16, 2020, the DOL reported 5,245,000 filings in the U.S. as of April 11, 2020. It indicated that number was a decrease of 1,370,000 from the prior week’s revised level of 6,615,000.

In Georgia, DOL data showed there were 317,526 initial filings for the week ending April 11. The report showed Georgia had 390,132 the prior week of March 29 through April 4, which is a difference of 72,606. State officials said the GDOL had processed more claims during that period than it did for the entire year of 2019. They also said it was three times more than what had been processed during the week before that.

Data for the week ending April 18, 2020 has not yet been released.

Latest Unemployment Rates:

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the U.S. unemployment rate for March was 4.4%, which was a 0.9% increase over the prior month. The BLS indicated it was the largest increase in a one-month period since 1975.

GDOL data indicates the unemployment rate for March in Georgia was 4.2%.

For information on how to get Unemployment Insurance relief during the COVID-19 outbreak and other topics, click here.