Dec. unemployment claims up 174 percent

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ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor says unemployment insurance claims shot up 174 percent last month compared to December 2007.

Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond describes the increase as "stunning and sobering."

Thurmond says 128,625 laid-off workers filed first-time claims in December.

His department also processed 19,160 first-time claims for federal extended unemployment benefits, bringing the total to 111,384 since the program triggered in Georgia in July. Federal extended benefits are available to jobless workers who have exhausted regular state unemployment compensation.

Among metropolitan areas with the highest increase in claims last month, Rome and Dalton were up about 350 percent and Gainesville 216 percent. The areas with the smallest increases were Hinesville, 92 percent, Macon at 116 and Augusta with a 119 percent jump.

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voluptuously_auburn1
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voluptuously_auburn1 01/15/09 - 01:34 pm
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"Labor Commissioner Michael

"Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond describes the increase as "stunning and sobering." he was stunned??? Errrr, why?? What did he think was gonna happen when the economy is tanking??? Hopefully, he's gonna make sure GA has enough in the coffers to pay all these benefits out - unlike SC.

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LadyCisback 01/15/09 - 01:49 pm
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Everybody hold on to your

Everybody hold on to your possessions and make sure your alarm systems are functioning because when they start running out of things, necessity will drive them to you..

aaa
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aaa 01/15/09 - 02:34 pm
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My alarm system is provided

My alarm system is provided by Smith and Wesson.

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edst4 01/15/09 - 03:21 pm
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Not funny folks. My job is in

Not funny folks. My job is in limbo also, everyday I am wondering if I will be employyed by the end of day!!!

aaa
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aaa 01/15/09 - 06:10 pm
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Ed: You said you worked in

Ed: You said you worked in limbo. What's a limbo?

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