Augusta gained 1,000 jobs in October

Augusta gained 1,000 jobs in October, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

The gains came in retail, business services and the hospitality industry. Slight losses were recorded in manufacturing and federal government work.

State data, released Thursday morning, said there were 208,000 people with jobs in the six-county metropolitan area, up from September, but down 2,100 jobs from October 2010.

Georgia added 26,500 jobs last month, most of the growth occurring from early hiring in retail, transportation and warehousing, as employers prepared for the holiday season.

In all, there were 3.81 million Georgians with work in October, up from 3.79 million in September.

The state also said there was an increase in the number of people filing for unemployment benefits in the Augusta area. There were 2,155 initial claims, up from 1,757 in September, and higher than the 1,987 seen in October 2010.

Statewide, the number of people seeking unemployment for the first time increased 9 percent, to 55,865. Most of the first-time claims were filed in manufacturing, administrative and support services, and construction. There was an over-the-year decrease of 1,629 initial claims, or 2.8 percent, from 57,494 filed in October of last year.

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