Metro Atlanta unemployment rises to 10.1 percent

Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate rose to 10.1 percent in December, up from a revised 10.0 percent in November, the state labor department reported Thursday.

The number of unemployed workers in the metro area increased 3,252 to reach 269,422 in December, the labor department said.

In December 2008, the unemployment rate was 7.6 percent.

Metro Atlanta lost 105,300 payroll jobs from December 2008 to December 2009.

For comparison, the state’s previously reported unemployment rate rose to 10.3 percent in December.

The national unemployment rate is 10.0 percent. For 25 of the last 26 months, Georgia’s unemployment rate has exceeded the national unemployment rate.

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scott

January 28th, 2010
5:54 am

Henry, I see these figures — but WHO is out of work? What is mean is — what sectors? I don’t know anyone without a job. I assume the service industry (which is a bottom feeding industry), construction — which probably will never come back to previous levels, and auto industry.

Helen Wilcox

January 28th, 2010
6:13 am

I have been out of work since June and I am an Administrative Assistant. You are lucky to be in a field that is not suffering. Many many professional people are in really bad shape.

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Henry Unger

January 28th, 2010
6:26 am

Scott, as far as sectors are concerned, here’s what the labor department said:
Statewide, job losses came in trade, transportation and utilities, manufacturing, construction, and professional and business services. On a positive note, educational and health services added jobs last year.

Dan Reuter

January 28th, 2010
7:06 am

Atlanta Regional Commissions website has information on unemployment by job type. See the monthly data Snapshots.
http://www.atlantaregional.com

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wanda

January 28th, 2010
7:12 am

I work in the Information Technology field and I know several people out of work.

Fatimah

January 28th, 2010
7:36 am

Wow this is very discouraging for me to read. I have been trying to relocate from New Jersey to Atlanta for almost a year now. I do hope things pick up in all fields soon.

Tamara

January 28th, 2010
7:40 am

Im also an Administrative Assistant out of work. For every job I apply for, there are hundreds of applicants. I feel companies are so overwhelmed that they do not go through online applications, they simply hire by other employee referrals to save the trouble.

GaryM

January 28th, 2010
7:50 am

After being out of work for 13months, I just started a new job in January at a salary reduction of $17,600. This was after 31 interviews (mostly for jobs that weren’t there). I’m a registered professional engineer with two degrees, so I don’t know what catagories were not affected by this recession.

Bunnie

January 28th, 2010
8:10 am

Scott, you are very luck. I was in the legal profession, laid off last year on my last day of maternity leave (gee, thanks), and I was one of the last to go. All the major firms have laid off attorneys and staff.

You could argue this is a bottom-feeding profession, too. ;)

Bryan

January 28th, 2010
8:29 am

I’m lost my job 8 months ago,still looking to find another job in the IT field. Hard, I still believe it is not luck that gets you a job, if there are jobs, nobody would be on this blog talking about it. Scott,get a life man! Bet you are busy with your job!

Been There

January 28th, 2010
8:45 am

I imagine Admin Assts are one of the hardest areas hit. After all, a company can hire ONE person to support 200 people!!! Management sees Admins as non-value added positions…someone who orders lunch, sets up the coffee/donuts, orders office supplies, unjams the copier, answers phones, coordinates birthday/office function parties, etc. Management doesn’t acknowledge what we REALLY do…which is decipher data, compile and convert info to complex bar charts, spreadsheets and PowerPoints!! This allows them to take those TWO hour power lunches they’re so fond of while we produce their work for them and work through our lunch so that it’s ready for that 2:00 meeting they have scheduled.

DAVID: AJC Truth detector

January 28th, 2010
9:02 am

IF YOU VOTED FOR OBAMA…..or mayor REED………..quit your whining…You voted for the TITANIC…..now grab a lifeJacket & fend for yourself.

@ Been There

January 28th, 2010
9:10 am

If you do all of that I should get you to replace my administrative assitant. I’m pretty sure all she does it take personal calls and browse the internet.

Shut Up

January 28th, 2010
9:11 am

Shut up David! The titanic sank under Bush’s watch!!!!

Been There

January 28th, 2010
9:12 am

There’s not enough money to pay me for that profession again!!! I went into a different field entirely AWAY from a desk job! And life has never been so rewarding! Or relaxing and stress free!!!

Shevial

January 28th, 2010
9:16 am

People who have jobs are BLESSED, I have been out of work for 18 months now, never in my lifetime have I seen it this bad!!!! I worked in the legal profession for over 20 years and I can’t find a job!!! I’ve sent out over 500 resumes, not only in my field but for other positions as well. I didn’t live above my means and I’m still struggling!!! This isn’t a republican or a democrat issue it’s an AMERICAN issue!!! People NEED JOBS, People WANT JOBS!!!! So instead of being sarcastic thank GOD because any given day it could be YOU!! I wish everyone well, and GOD HELP US ALL!!!!

cheapman

January 28th, 2010
9:29 am

Alright, our so called ‘humbled’ president just gave his take on the American people’s woes in the SOTU address and I’m ready for him and all his democrat accomplices to board a ‘Titanic’ and go down on the ship bravely like all those men did in 1912. But these cowards are seeking only a place to run to and avoid all blame and responsibility for the irreparable damage done to our nation.
Incidentally, there is not one sector that can escape blame for the personal destruction of my life. The banks, realtors and government all contributed to my standard of living regressing back to my high school days. Thanks for nothing, a**holes!!!

Julie

January 28th, 2010
9:32 am

I work in one of those bottom feeding fields. I work in the IT industry. I lost my job under former president Bush. At the time Bush was still president and Obama was president elect. It was a time when Bush and many Republicans abdicated any and all responsibility for their part in sinking the Titanic and were blaming Obama for what Bush did. It seems they can dish out all kinds of criticism, yet can take none. They can also preach taking responsibility, yet do not know the meaning of the word.

Raul

January 28th, 2010
9:38 am

SHUT UP. YOU OBVIOUSLY VOTED FOR BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA. GOOD LUCK WITH THAT. HE WILL BE A HALF TERM PRESIDENT JERK!

Boywonder

January 28th, 2010
9:41 am

Funny how the job title of “administrative assistant” has become a “Proffessional” occupation.
People and their lack of vacabulary easily substitute “professional” and “white or pink collar”.
There is huge difference.
I know tons of out of work, 40 somethings, who were “administrative assistants”.
The problem is that used to be an entry level job.
Now grown ups are actually trying to live a lifestyle from this low level type of occupation.
Good luck with that.
Companies, if they need a gopher, wil lhire a youngster for considerably less money.

Kendra

January 28th, 2010
9:42 am

Amen Julie! It was also under the Bush Administration that the real estate industry was allowed to run amok and create slick financing which has sank that industry as well! Now property values in Atlanta are plummeted 25-30% and equities have been flushed into the toilet! WHILE BUSH WAS PRESIDENT! But of course the Repubs will blame Obama because they cannot look themselves in the mirror. It’s easier for them to point the finger than place the blame where it belongs! BUSH and the Repubs!!!

Republican Strong

January 28th, 2010
9:48 am

You people are not trying hard enough. Get a job flipping burgers

Been There

January 28th, 2010
9:48 am

Boywonder….Admin Assts have not been an entry level field since Microsoft was introduced. As someone who had 30 years experience, I began working my a$$ off in 1987 when management figured out they could get Admins to produce the same level of work as the “professionals” but pay pay them a fraction of the cost. I had been executing and delivering high end projects for 17 years and when I lost my last position due to downsizing, I happily retired from the profession of Admin.

Julie

January 28th, 2010
10:07 am

Raul, thank you for proving my point. And, by the way, the only party to produce a half term anything comes from the Republican Party via Sarah Palin.

DG

January 28th, 2010
10:19 am

All you who voted Dubya in office, twice, are reaping your rewards now. If we are lucky, Obama will bail out dubya’s titanic. However, Obama can only point us in the right direction. The country will have to
suffer years before climbing back out of this very deep hole dubya dug for us.

Republicats

January 28th, 2010
10:22 am

The republicats are one in the same. They’ll spend until the dollar gains value and then pay down the national debt to a level of 20k per person before running it up again. Vote to downsize the largest unsuccessful business in the world… the US government. Vote libertarian!

Roy

January 28th, 2010
10:58 am

Regardless of what we think of Administrative Assistant, which I was one for many years after my years of IBM and it was a very rewarding experience having kept food on my table for 15 years. Now, I do agree AA’s. must reevaluate their positions and consider enhancing them and there are methods to do so, but the point I want to make, regardless of what Obama’s done or hasn’t done, first, give him a chance. Regardless of what Bush did or didn’t do, he’s finished and looking backward never solved present situations. We must change our attitude and become one, together, in bettering ourselves which will better this country. I wake up thanking God everyday for what blessing I have and what I am able to do for others. I know what it is to be homeless and a drug addict, but I also know what it is to move forward and continue reaching for something better, and this is what President Obama was trying to convey to us all, all those who call themselves, “Americans”. Let’s EVERYONE expect and have a great day and victory over ourselves, the part which detracts and is shaming to others. http://www.roymartinministries.com

Elizabeth

January 28th, 2010
12:49 pm

I am (was) a stock analyst. I hold bachelor and master’s degrees in Finance. I have been unemployed for a year. I’ve been told to go back to school to get an accounting degree–since CPAs are the only things employers want now. The only problem is, I haven’t paid off the OLD student loans and I’m not sure if incurring even more debt for a “new” degree is a good idea.

I guess Finance is a “bottom feeding” sector, too!

And this isn’t Bush or Obama’s fault. Presidents actually have very little impact on the global economy. Sometimes they get lucky to have the wind at their backs; other times they get blamed because the wind is in their face.

Bart Crispen

January 28th, 2010
12:50 pm

I am out of work, so is my buddy Gene Davidson.

scott

January 28th, 2010
4:36 pm

BUSH AND THE REPUBLICANS DID OUR COUNTRY IN FOR 8 YRS AND ALMOST TOOK OUR GREAT NATION TO ITS KNEES..WE CANT EXPECT OUR GREAT PRESIDENT OBAMA TO TURN THINGS AROUND IN A YEAR IN WHAT TOOK 8 YRS FOR REPUBLICANS TO TAKE THE COUNTRY DOWN…BLESS OUR GREAT PRESIDENT OBAMA AND THE HUGE TASK BEFORE HIM AND WHAT A TERRIBLE DECK HE WAS DEALT FROM 8 YRS OF MISMANAGEMENT BY REPUBLICANS ,,,

woodie

January 28th, 2010
4:57 pm

10.1% sounds low to me. I think about 50% of the people I know have lost their jobs. Most of that happened before Obama ever entered office. So the Repuglican’s are spitting into the wind. They caused this fiasco and they lie about it constantly. They need to quit whining and show something in congress.

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Lynn Roberts

January 31st, 2010
1:06 pm

I am a Corporate Communications Specialist out of work…

Darren

January 31st, 2010
1:07 pm

I’ll add to the list. I have been out of work for 18 months. I was a former Chief Operations Officer.

Stanley P.

January 31st, 2010
1:09 pm

I was a former partner in an advertising agency. Agency closed its doors in 2008.