Initial jobless claims increased in the Augusta metro area in May.
The Georgia Department of Labor reported there were 3,138 initial claims for unemployment benefits in May, up from 2,524 first-time filers in April.
Georgias labor department also reported this morning that 75,436 laid-off workers statewide filed first-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits in May, an increase of 68.7 percent from May of 2008.
Most of the state initial claims were filed by laid-off workers in manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, construction and administrative services, state officials reported.
Locally, there were 1,776 claims in May in Richmond County, up from 1,267 in April. There 714 initial claims in Columbia County, up from 612 in April.
Burke County had a decline, 253 claims compared to 307 in April.
McDuffie County in May had 326 initial claims, up from 272 the month prior.