April’s initial claims for unemployment insurance in the Augusta metro area were consistent with last April’s numbers.
There were 1,877 initial claims in April for the six-county area, according to data released Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor. That is slightly higher than the 1,842 filed in April 2012. Initial claims in 2011 and 2010 were higher.
April’s claims were 42 percent higher than March. Historically, layoff numbers rise from March to April.
The number of layoffs, represented by new claims for unemployment insurance benefits, rose in Georgia by 15.3 percent from March to April. However, the number of initial claims was down 10.2 percent from April 2012. Most of those declines came in construction, manufacturing, retail trade, and education and health services.