Fewer first-timers in the unemployment line in February

Initial claims for unemployment benefits in metro Augusta in February were lower than January, Georgia’s labor department reported Thursday.

There were 1,788 initial claimants in the unemployment line last month, according to the data, which was lower than 2,013 in January.

In February 2013, there were 1,338 initial claims for the Georgia side of the metro area.

The state also experienced a drop in February. There were 40,322 new claims for unemployment insurance filed, a drop of 17,769 from January.

Most of the decline in claims came in manufacturing, trade, transportation and warehousing, administrative and support services, and accommodations and food service. There were 38,696 claims statewide in February 2013.

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