ATLANTA - Atlanta reached an all-time high unemployment rate in April amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday Atlanta’s unemployment rate spiked last month, breaking its previous all-time high of 10.6 percent set in February 2010.
“Although we are seeing all-time high unemployment rates across a majority of the state, we are continuing to work with employers on effective strategies to get Georgians back to work in both a safe and economically efficient way,” said Butler.
Atlanta's unemployment rate increased 8.3 percentage points in April, reaching 12.7 percent. One year ago, the rate was 3 percent.
The number of unemployment claims went up by 324 percent in April.
Nationally, about 2.1 million people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, a sign that companies are still slashing jobs in the face of a deep recession even as more businesses reopen and rehire some laid-off employees.
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