State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said the numbers are a "revealing snapshot" of Georgia's job market and show "nascent economic recovery."
Thurmond said he considers the only small drop in initial unemployment claims to be the "most striking."
"This is a stark reminder that job losses are continuing at rates comparable to those experienced at the height of the Great Recession," Thurmond said Thursday.
The number of jobless workers in Georgia receiving unemployment insurance benefits overall rose 32.8 percent to 130,812 in October 2009 from 98,530 a year ago, according to figures from the state DOL.
An additional 146,000 workers are receiving federally funded extended unemployment benefits as well, the labor department said.
Most of the initial out-of-work claims were filed by workers in manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, construction and administrative and support services.