On Thursday, the Georgia Department of Labor announced that it paid out more than $1 billion in unemployment benefits last week, more than the $922 million issued over the past three years combined.

“The fact that we paid more than $1 billion in benefits in five days is a huge accomplishment,” said Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler. “When you think that the average weekly benefit amount is $246, the sheer volume of payments we are issuing is phenomenal.” 

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