Initial unemployment insurance claims in Banks County went up in January from December by 16 percent and were up 70 percent over January 2008.
Some 248 Banks Countians filed for the first time for unemployment insurance in January, up from the 213 who filed in December.
January’s total was 102 more than in January 2008.
The unemployment insurance filings often foreshadow movement of the overall local unemployment rate.
State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said the trend in unemployment in the state is “the emergence of a ‘Darwinian’ job market.”
“The growing number of layoffs has created a surplus of jobseekers who are talented, experienced, educated and well-trained,” he said.