Seasonal layoffs lifted the number of first-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits in the Augusta metro area in December, the Georgia labor department reported Thursday.
There were 2,541 claims last month, similar to December 2010, where 2,434 filed claims.
The December numbers represent an increase over November’s 1,981 initial claims.
The number also rose statewide, the department reported, to 63,714, up 10.7 percent, from 57,573 in November. For Georgia, the number was 15 percent lower than the number of claims filed in December 2010.