ATLANTA - First-time claims for unemployment insurance (UI) in Georgia were down 29.2 percent in May, compared to a year ago.<br />
State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Albany (down 49.6 percent), Rome (down 47.4 percent, and Gainesville (down 45.4 percent) led the state's 14 metropolitan areas in decreases. Applications were down 32.7 percent and 28.1 percent in Athens and Atlanta, respectively.<br />
"Most of the decrease in claims came in manufacturing," Butler said.<br />
Only Columbus showed an increase - 7.3 percent.
North Georgia's sunny sky and comfortable temperatures brought out the visitors Saturday to the 20th Annual 'Day at the Fort' at Fort Hollingsworth, nestled in the rolling Banks County countryside near Alto.