Chattooga County was one of the few counties in our area of Georgia that saw a drop in unemployment claims during January.  The number was down from 20 over December, but the bad news is the unemployment claims are up 103% over this time last year.
With tens of thousands of Georgians losing their jobs each month it’s putting a strain on the state’s unemployment insurance fund.  State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond says he believes the fund ahs enough money to cover benefits through the rest of 2009.  After that, he says he will borrow money or do whatever it takes to help Georgia’s unemployed workers.  Over 120,000 Georgians filed first-time claims for unemployment benefits last month.