MACON, Ga. — Editor's Note: The video in this story is from late April about problems people were having with getting their unemployment benefits.
Warner Robins reached a record unemployment rate in April due to COVID-19, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.
A release from the department said the unemployment rate in the city went up by 6% from March to April, reaching an all-time high of 10.2%.
A year ago, the rate was 3.2% in Warner Robins.
Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Georgia is working to lower the rate.
“Although we are seeing all-time high unemployment rates across a majority of the state, we are continuing to work with employers on effective strategies to get Georgians back to work in both a safe and economically efficient way," Butler said in the release.
The department said the number of unemployment claims in Warner Robins went up by 296% in April, and the city ended the month with 7,700 less jobs from March.
In Macon, the unemployment rate went up about 6% from March to April, the department said. The rate is now at 10.7%, but it is not a record.
Reporter Sarah Hammond will have more on this story on 13WMAZ at 5 and 6 p.m.
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