The department reported Thursday that there were 1,818 new jobless claims filed in June, down from 2,019 in May.
In Georgia, the number of layoffs declined by 15 percent, from 46,882 in May to 39,777 in June. The decrease came mostly in manufacturing, construction, trade, administrative and support services, health care and social assistance, and professional, scientific and technical services.
A year ago, there were 1,999 initial claims in the Augusta metro area, about 9 percent higher than June. Statewide, the year-ago comparison was 18 percent lower in June compared to June 2012.