State unemployment rate rises to record 10.6% in March

Georgia’s unemployment rate rose to a record 10.6 percent in March. That was up from 10.5 percent in February, the state labor department said Thursday.

A year ago, the jobless rate was 9 percent, the labor department said.

For 30 consecutive months, Georgia’s unemployment rate has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is now 9.7 percent. The number of jobless workers in the state increased to 497,500, from 494,321 in February.

There was some positive news in the report.

In March, 69,265 laid-off workers filed initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits — a decline of 27,041 from March 2009. Most of the first-time claims were filed in manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, construction, and administrative and support services.

Also, the number of payroll jobs in March increased 10,500 from February, to total 3,795,400.

Still, the number of payroll jobs have decreased 112,300 from March of 2009.

“Georgia’s unemployment rate continues to rise, however, the pace of new layoffs is slowing significantly,” state Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said in a statement “More importantly, our state has experienced modest job growth for two consecutive months, suggesting that a fledgling recovery may be gaining traction.”

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116 comments Add your comment

TnGelding

April 15th, 2010
5:49 am

3,795,400 jobs should support our population nicely if we can just get the right workers in them. How many are working underground and avoiding taxes? Should we all become snitches?

Bubba

April 15th, 2010
5:52 am

Georgia leaders should follow the federal model and create more government jobs. That way the taxpayers can subsidize them and the numbers will look better.

Stump Grinder

April 15th, 2010
7:03 am

Georgia’s Republican “leaders” should quit whining about this nation’s president and his job creation policies since they are clearly better than what the Republicans have done to us. The way to improve the unemployment rate is not to remove regulations on food, industry, mining, etc., for example.

Buzz G

April 15th, 2010
7:15 am

The bad news is that this is not the real unemployment rate. Add to this number a bunch of “discouraged” workers. They have been looking so long that they fall off the report.

The good news is that if we sent the illegal aliens home, we could employ most Georgians who really want jobs. Survey after survey indicate that the people of Georgia would be in favor of such an event, even if it meant that we would pay a little more for a chicken sandwich or a new roof. The problem is the politicians. Democrats want to legalize the illegal aliens because new immigrants historically vote Democratic party about 3 to 1. And sadly the Republican party is addicted to checks from the companies who have grown their bank accounts at the expense of legal workers.

Is it any wonder that we hold our politicians in such low regard?

Barrack

April 15th, 2010
7:16 am

“Vote for this $787 Billion Stimulus Bill, and Unemployment will NOT go over 8%.”

Bob

April 15th, 2010
7:57 am

Buzz G I agree, about the illegal aliens, taking so many GA Jobs.

And, this stat, not only does not include those whose Unemployment benefits have run out.

Also, this number does not include the Thousands of Underemployed people that are working at jobs that pay below the education and experience level of the worker.

Before I was laid off, I had to take a 10% cut in pay for the last 6 months I was working, and then was still eventually Let go due to “Lack of Work”.

Rick

April 15th, 2010
8:01 am

We need to pass a state law that mandates the use of E-Verify to check the immigration/citizenship status of all workers. The bill has to have very strict penalties for those businesses that do not comply.

We should be employing US citizens and legal residents before those in our country illegally!

julia

April 15th, 2010
8:05 am

now dont you know that jobs are not nearly as important as the health reform or bailing out big companies??

keith

April 15th, 2010
8:12 am

This country is so screwed.

Morrus

April 15th, 2010
8:14 am

Vote out the incumbents and start over

George Foreman 3:16

April 15th, 2010
8:15 am

Cooketh the fatted lamb in my grill and all will be enjoyable, like a smooth bm on a steamy Thursday morn, sayeth the Lord…..

cliff zeider

April 15th, 2010
8:27 am

Hey, Don’t give up, Obama is working hard to get people back to work. He is just having fun flying around the world now. cz

Reason

April 15th, 2010
8:34 am

The people who are unemployed could care less about the petty bickering between democrats and republicans. Those in power are only concerned with keeping their OWN jobs so that they are not part of this number.

1Time

April 15th, 2010
8:46 am

There needs to be a clean sweep with all these crooked politicians. I’m surprised the people are even standing for this type of treatment!! If the president can only stay for up to 8 years, they all should only be able to stay for up to 8 years. That way the government changes with the generations! But hey, that may make too much sense huh…

GG

April 15th, 2010
8:49 am

People are always complaining about the illegals, but I doubt any of you would want the kind of jobs that they do. Lets see, landscapers, janitors, working on a chicken farm. Typically they do the jobs most Americans do not want to do. I see no harm in them being here.

Rebekah Bennett

April 15th, 2010
8:52 am

Leave the illegal aliens alone, they are just trying to eat and have a roof over their heads like the rest of us. We are all human and are entitled to nothing!!!! I am lucky to have the little bit of work that I do have, I am struggling and can barely afford food let alone a new pair of shoes. So….I do not know what is going to fix it, I dont know if this is just the way it is. We need to be able to find the joy in our sorrows and crap. I know I am frustrated and hungry but you know what I am alive, I am safe, I have a car and a mattress, what more do I need when there are a lot of people in the world, hell even up the street from me who do not have that!

Realist

April 15th, 2010
8:54 am

We have enough welfare recipients, ex-cons, and tradespersons that need jobs and will take these jobs that GG is referring to. Heck, I wouldn’t mind becoming a landscaper and I have a Masters degree.

ga peach

April 15th, 2010
8:58 am

keith: “This country is so screwed.”

you my friend are correct, and sadly we didn’t even get the option to use some lube.

Fed up with the banks

April 15th, 2010
9:10 am

You can blame the both political parties, however; they gave the power to the banks for the economy. Banks only have their interest in mind in the good times they buried every one with debt that was not qualified and today they won’t loan a dime unless it is 100% protected. Whether or not you agree with the expansion of the currency it’s what our economy is built on. Unemployement will continue to grow until the banks loan to viable projects. We have to look at how much of a trade deficet Ga has. Our resent job bank was in the housing market which brought in billions of investor money into our economy. What is the industry that is going to replace that industry? Until we have that expect uneployment to grow, unless of course the feds come in with a useless porkbelly program.

Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:
‘I believe that
banking institutions are more dangerous to
our liberties than standing armies.
If the American people ever allow
private banks to control the issue of their
currency, first by inflation, then by
deflation, the banks and corporations that will
grow up around the banks will deprive the people
of all property – until their children
wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers
conquered.’

Real American

April 15th, 2010
9:10 am

To all WHINING liberals and repbulicans. National debt ratio after ww2 was comparitive to todays. Did our fathers/mother, grandfathers/grandmothers and so on say this country is screwed? I don’t think so. Take charge and be a real american and try making it a better country not by crying the sky is falling…the sky is falling. GENERATION FAILURE!

my Opinion

April 15th, 2010
9:12 am

Just remember that someone hires and pays every illegal worker. They don’t work for free.

FMX

April 15th, 2010
9:16 am

Think for a second people. What do you expect when a state has an education level/drop out rate like Georgia does. Those factory and blue collar jobs are the first to go. While things are hard all over don’t think that the education level doesn’t have a part in this.

Do you guys really think that it is practical to round up all the illegals and send them back home? That is not practical. Again stupid thinking like that reflects the education level of this state. Don’t try to blame this on Bush or Obama , the illegals are simply doing what they are allowed to do. If you could go into Kroger and fill up you cart and they will let you leave without paying would you not do it. I think that we need to support companies that don’t use illegal labor and go after the ones that do. These contractors have gotten fat off of illegal aliens. I just recently had some major tree work done in my yard. I made sure that the companies didn’t use illegals and I paid one company to cut the trees down and another to remove the trees. It felt good spreading the work around. We do have to look out for each other even if it costs a little more sometimes. Our anger should be directed at the government who for decades did nothing about the problem.

songbird

April 15th, 2010
9:17 am

People hire illegals because they work harder for less money than the Americans who would take these jobs. And, they don’t bitch and moan as much. There’s a reason why business hire them. Get it.

plan B

April 15th, 2010
9:23 am

I have many physical problems from working hard my entire life – maybe I should as well put my feet up and let Obama welfare me too.

Roadrunner

April 15th, 2010
9:25 am

We can’t blame Obama for all of this but I believe it is totally fair to blame him, Pelosi & Reed and their follow-along Dems in the house & Senate for not doing ANYTHING to reduce the unemployment and quite possibly making it worse with what they are doing. Obamacare is a job killer. Letting the Bush tax cuts expire is a job killer. The whole anti-business/banking mentality is a job killer. Neither party has all the answers but I’ll bet more people are unhappy with Obama’s “Change” than have reason to be happy. The ONLY thing they’ve done right is to extend unemployment benefits and even that will soon be gone in our household. We need a total overhaul to our economy, bring back all the manufacturing jobs from China, keep taxes low and get out of the economy’s way and things will get better.

RSC

April 15th, 2010
9:35 am

As long as our Georgia stays in the 18th century with public transportation and mass transit, businesses are not going to invest in Georgia. Who wants employees who are stuck in rush hour traffic for hours a day?

georgiadawg70

April 15th, 2010
9:39 am

If we don’t cut taxes on business, pass tort reform, and cut government regulations more of the jobs will move overseas. And also do somoething about the government schools that are sucking the blood out of the economy and producing poor results. The higher school taxes go the lower the test scores and the highter the dropout rates. We need real change and not pandering to the teachers/pubic employees unions.

Andy in Blairsville

April 15th, 2010
9:40 am

Change you suckers can believe in!

made in china

April 15th, 2010
9:42 am

plenty of jobs in china, hmmm, i wonder why

Andy in Blairsville

April 15th, 2010
9:42 am

As long as our Georgia stays in the 18th century with public transportation and mass transit, businesses are not going to invest in Georgia. Who wants employees who are stuck in rush hour traffic for hours a day?
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What Fortune 500 wants to deal with the corrupt bigots running Atlanta City Hall and the airport?

FMX

April 15th, 2010
9:49 am

Roadrunner everything you stated is easier said than done. Those manufactering jobs aren’t coming back. While I am a republican, I do try to understand where the other side is coming from and I also respect the fact that they won the election. The repubs have always been against the government getting involved in things like this (remember small government?) but yet they are attacking Obama for not doing anything about employment rates. Really what can anyone do other than stabilize the economy. Repubs are talking out of both sides of their mouths. You can’t say the the government can’t overstep its powers and in the next breathe make the government responsible for job creation. We need jobs that can only be done in america by americans. I don’t know all about this green jobs thing but it maybe a step in the right direction.

Don’t think for a second that companies and corporations aren’t taking advantage of the economy. If I owned a company with 100 employees and I had to layoff 25 without a real big hit in production but an increase in profit why would I hire them back. The 75 that I have left will be worked to the bone because where else are they going to go in this economy. How many other companies used the economy to get rid of employees just to increase their bottom line. A friend of mine worked at a lumber company as a supervisor. He supervised a team of illegals. Guess who still works at the lumber yard???

Roadrunner

April 15th, 2010
9:58 am

FMX, sounds like we both have similar views politically, and I agree 100% that what I’m proposing won’t be easy or quick. But we have to reverse the trend of all decent paying blue, grey and now white collar jobs heading overseas. I’ve wondered for years what types of jobs my children and their generation will have with more & more jobs being moved or outsourced overseas. I agree that Republican’s “hands off” approach would do nothing to stop this trend, but the incompetent Democrats don’t seem to be able to stop social engineering and income redistrbuting long enough to do anything about our jobs situation either. Neither side has all the answers, but quite honestly its looking like neither side has any of the answers at this point.

Red

April 15th, 2010
9:59 am

Wow. So between the discouraged workers who give up AND those hired seasonally by the Census, we’re looking at a much higher number. It seems the glorious stimulus plan is working.

As for those who rant and rave about corrupt GA politics run by Republicans in a “backwards” state, I see many of you had no issue leaving the “utopian” blue states to come here and work. Send the whining liberals back north and the rate would be much less. The partisan whimpering coming from the blue state liberals astounds me. They blast Georgia but had no problem coming here when their utopian home states ran out of jobs and taxed their residents to death. If you don’t like it here, go back to “paradise”. Perhaps the deserted streets in MI and OH are better places to live.

FMX

April 15th, 2010
10:00 am

When you drop out of high school what kind of life are you expecting to have? Decades ago you could make it without a high school diploma but today you can’t even get into the military without a GED. People screw their lives up and whine about the white, blacks, or illegals having all of the good jobs. What have you done to make you life better?

The backwards thinking of our leaders on the state level is hurting as well. You guys are aware that when you turn 16 you don’t have to go to school anymore. These children know this so they stop going and the parents can’t make them go. They will spend years arguing over a flag or a spend millions on a fishing hole but can’t address this issue. Arthur Blank wants a new stadium and that groundwork is already laid by the GA assembly to oblige him but we can’t figure out how to improve transportation.

I'm Here From The Government and I'm Here To Help

April 15th, 2010
10:03 am

TIME TO BLAME OBAMA. This HOPE and CHANGE is really working!

Marie

April 15th, 2010
10:31 am

To IHFTGnIHTH
“TIME TO BLAME OBAMA?” No, time to blame ourselves. Look at the car you drive and the clothes you wear and the TV you watch and the computer you surf on. Where were they made? And the immigrants are not at fault either, American business is. If Americans only hire Americans, build in America, and Americans only buy American, then we all work. Start with fining busineses for hiring non-documented workers. Fine apartments for renting to them, realtors banks and mortgage companies for selling them homes, and auto dealerships for selling to them. When they are homeless and jobless, they will go home. And, no, I am not anti-immigrant, I am anti-illegal immigrant. If their labor is needed so badly we need to expand the programs we already have for “out of country workers”. But we seriously have to start with those who are doing the hiring. Heck, even the state has illegal workers on the DOT.

truthtoall

April 15th, 2010
10:34 am

Just gets me how others are responsible for you working. To me its lazy to grouse about other people as it relates to your going to work. Have someone find you a job? Job, I would not hire you if you did not have enough sense to make your own way. Otherwise I would figure your my responsibility and all you want to do is watch my clock, not think for yourself and suck down my cash.

Understand what I am saying? Does not matter what your for. Wasting time. Watching TV and relaxing when you should be coming up with your own life. For your own self. Otherwise your just part of a stupid roaming heard.

Reggie

April 15th, 2010
10:47 am

I am sure most of us who are blogging are employed and somewhat stable financially. But, most who are blogging are not stable mentally. We want to blame our great President, Obama! I pray for his continuous protection and the Lord Jesus will forever keep him in His arms of protections. Go back to 2002 when even those from Alabama said it is a sad day in politics when Georgia elected its’ first republican governor in modern times. A few businesses made the statement they would not invest in Georgia anymore. The NFL said there would not be another superbowl in Atlanta. The republicans said they would remove the car tag tax. Look back long time Georgians, listen to the facts new comers! We talk about illegals. The only major company to make a major investment in Georgia has been KIA (far easterners), NCR who is leaving a bad economy in Ohio. No major party is perfect, but the Dems did a great job governing and it is time to put them back in charge of state government. Keep using racial undertones towards ATLanta, but look at the facts again. Hartsfield-Jackson is well ran and the city of Atlanta has prospered under not perfect leadership. These are facts! Bottomline, if some you don’t like it, move to Idaho and you will fit in perfect!!!!

To ALL Obama suppporters

April 15th, 2010
10:48 am

Change isn’t working! What happen?
He can’t give enough away?
All he can do along with local officals is Tax the working man more!!! The non-working man or woman is just sitting at the house watchin Jerry Springer waiting on their check. That’s what’s wrong!

ALL Obama suppporters

April 15th, 2010
10:50 am

wake up AMERICA, CHANGE IS GHONNA BREAK THIS COUNTRY!

tt

April 15th, 2010
10:54 am

Unemployment rate is really 16-18%

tt

April 15th, 2010
10:55 am

And to that note.. Obama has nothing to do with this as This country has been f*cked since Bush.. Haha

Ona the Dole

April 15th, 2010
10:55 am

Wait until all those laid-off teachers join the list of the unemployed (proving that a college degree isn’t the answer to all the problems)…

tt

April 15th, 2010
10:56 am

and it is continues to spiral out of country.

tt

April 15th, 2010
10:56 am

and it is continues to spiral out of control

tt

April 15th, 2010
10:58 am

@Ona the Dole .. Of course college degree is not going to fix it. And all the people trying to go get one while they are unemployed and what are you going to do with it? There are no jobs. SMH

State is going to be laying off people too soon

Jacob

April 15th, 2010
10:58 am

This is why I left Georgia behind and moved to Florida. There’s nothing left for me there anymore. It’s like Sherman’s ghost coming back to finish the job. Burning Atlanta to the ground wasn’t good enough, so it was destroyed economically. The way things are now, I may never return. Farewell, my home state. You will always be on my mind.

Uncle Sam

April 15th, 2010
10:59 am

NO….YOU WAKE UP!!!! This country has been broken for a long time. The “trickle up” effect is just now slapping you in the face.

Uncle Sam

April 15th, 2010
11:02 am

and once and for all people…please do some research….BUSH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CORPORATE BAILOUTS!!!

tt

April 15th, 2010
11:06 am

@Jacob I might be right behind you shortly.. LOL
It if funny and you have floridians moving up to GA for jobs.