Rome's claims were up 376 -- or 106 percent -- from 354 to 730. That ranks first in percentage gains among Georgia's 14 metro areas. With claims up 101 percent, from 845 to 1,700, Albany had the second-highest percentage gain.
Initial claims in Georgia were also up from 42,591 filed in July 2005 for an over-the-year increase of 3.4 percent. Initial claims are considered to be a leading economic indicator, because they measure newly laid-off workers.
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