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GDOL Processes Over 3 Million Unemployment Claims

Georgia Department of Labor

The GDOL announced Thursday that it has processed over three million unemployment claims since April, and has proved 1.4 million of those valid to pay. Invalid claims may have been filed more than once or were ineligible based on wage criteria. 


Georgia has also seen its unemployment rate drop nearly five percent since April, now resting at 7.6 percent. The job market has experienced gains, according to the GDOL, as 50 percent of the jobs lost in April were gained back in May and June. June statistics indicate that the number of employed people increased by over one hundred thousand people over the month. 


“The increase in June in all the major job market indicators reveals a recovering economy,” said Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler.  “The drop in the unemployment rate is a strong signal that we are moving toward getting Georgians back to work.”


However, an unexpectedly large spike of over 30,000 new unemployment claims last week has prompted an investigation into fraud. Commissioner Butler says the GDOL is reviewing every claim.


More information can be found at dol.georgia.gov.