The Georgia Department of Labor reported 2,524 workers in the Augusta metro area applied for unemployment benefits last month. In March, 2,768 people filed for benefits.
A year ago, 1,160 initial claims were made, a 117 percent increase.
In Richmond County, claims fell 16 percent: 1,267 in April compared to 1,524 in March.
In Columbia County, claims rose 1.5 percent: 612 in April compared to 603 in March.
In Burke County, claims fell 10 percent: 307 in April compared to 342 in March.
In McDuffie County, claims rose 5 percent: 272 in April compared to 259 in March.
Statewide, 84,346 laid-off workers filed initial claims for jobless benefits in April, a 63.4 percent increase from April 2008.