Over the year, all 14 metros have seen increases. The worst came in Gainesville, a 136 percent jump in claims; Brunswick, up 133 percent, and Augusta, up 116 percent from a year ago.
In metro Atlanta, 33,078 people filed claims last month, a 72 percent increase from last year.
An estimated 601,000 Americans filed claims for jobless benefits last week, down from four straight weeks above 625,000, according to the U.S. Labor Department.
A drop in new claims is not evidence of improvement in the job market. Evidence of that is in the number of continuing claims, which rose to 6.8 million.
That number is a sign that people are having a lot of trouble finding jobs.
It is also a record high number of people—- but not a record proportion of the workers covered. Of all the people covered by unemployment law, 5.1 percent are now getting benefits. That's the largest percentage since 1982, when 5.4 percent received benefits. Even worse was in 1975, when 7.0 percent of those covered were getting checks.
Nationally, the jobless rate jumped to 9.4 percent last month. The state is slated to report its May unemployment rate next week.