City and state unemployment hit double digits

Unemployment in both metro Atlanta and Georgia are now in double digits.

The jobless rate in metro Atlanta skryocketed to 10.7 percent in June, up from 9.5 percent in May, the state Labor Department said today.

AJC reporter Michael Kanell writes that Atlanta, which represents more than half the state’s workforce, has had a jobless rate about the same as the state’s in recent months. But in June, metro Atlanta’s rate climbed ahead of the state rate, which rose to 10.1 percent.

Metro Atlanta has now shed almost 200,000 jobs during the past year, according to the department. An estimated 285,158 people in metro Atlanta are officially unemployed, Kanell writes.

And the picture, according to the experts, is supposed to be get worse.

5 comments Add your comment

Piet Russo

July 23rd, 2009
1:56 pm

There is an unemployment level heat map available for metro atlanta that shows how the level differs across the metro area:


July 23rd, 2009
5:48 pm

Go Barack!!! Instead of dealing with our crippling unemployment, you want to give healthcare to every illegal american. Awesome. This is change we can believe in.


July 24th, 2009
12:52 am

Yes unemployment is going to go even higher before this year is over. When you have banks letting IBM come in and buy their Data Centers and shift the jobs to Brazil. One bank is Suntrust.


July 24th, 2009
9:18 am

Indithinker, what is an illegal American?

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