Initial unemployment claims for Chattooga County dropped from February of this year to March. The overall numbers were down 8.7% for the month to month period. In fact unemployment claims are much better for March of 2010 than they were just a year ago. According to numbers released this week by the Georgia Department of Labor, unemployment claims for last month totaled 105 down from 135 in March of 2009. State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond says that the state could be nearing the turn-around in job loss.