Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 10.4 percent

Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate fell to 10.4 percent in March — a significant drop from a revised 10.7 percent in February, the state Labor Department reported Thursday.

The number of unemployed workers in the metro area decreased to 277,953 — down 7,423 from February, according to the Labor Department.

In March, 9,900 jobs were added in metro Atlanta. That was an increase of four-tenths of a percentage point, bringing total employment to 2,247,000, the Labor Department said.

In March, 32,647 laid-off workers in Atlanta filed initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits. That was an increase of eight-tenths of a percentage point from February. But it was a decrease of 13.5 percent from March 2009.

Previously, the Labor Department had reported that the state’s unemployment rate rose to a record 10.6 percent in March — up from 10.5 percent from February. That marked the 30th consecutive month that Georgia has exceeded the national rate, which was 9.7 percent.

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Karl Marx

April 22nd, 2010
6:43 am

More schools are talking layoffs and more businesses are talking layoffs. I wonder how many of these people just dropped off the role because their unemployment insurance ran out. The job picture is getting worse not better.

James

April 22nd, 2010
6:53 am

Up is down and down is up eh Debbie Downer?

adam

April 22nd, 2010
6:56 am

A drop in unemployment makes Tea Bag Party members ANGRY !!!!! Congratulations President Obama on rectifying the disastrous Cheney/Gramm/McCain/Lil Bushy economic quagmire.

JD

April 22nd, 2010
6:59 am

I agree the job picture is getting worse. I would say that the state of Georgia is probably closer to 14% – 15% unemployed. Another thing to keep in mind is the fact that in some counties teachers are being asked to resign on their own accord and refusal to do so voluntarily would result in the teachers not being considered for a job in the county ever again as a teacher. That being said I do not believe that these teachers will be eligible to collect UI benefits since they quit and were not fired or laid off, These are teachers that are not close to retirement.

William Buckley

April 22nd, 2010
7:25 am

Unemployment number is just another Obama/ Washington Game

Truth is it is probably closer to 20%, with the over 55 set at 25%

Mary

April 22nd, 2010
7:31 am

Yes, these number are NOT right, I have never been calculated in these numbers as many of my friends have not either, forced to quit not be fired to save money for the company when filing for UI benefits, also a lot of people try to fight it and loose..Numbers are WAY off and when you hear Cobb Cty may lay off over 700 employess and most will be in the classroom..Something has to give!!!

Revolution

April 22nd, 2010
7:38 am

All this is the fault of the Democrats. They took control of Congress in 2006 and it has been like living in a septic tank ever since. Now with Obama and his reverse King Midas touch in charge, we are becoming a third world nation which is just what the little Kenyan dictator and his liberal cohorts want. The people will rise up and take this country back in 2010 and 2012. Bank on it.

JD

April 22nd, 2010
7:53 am

I think we were on the slide before the democrats took control of Congress. We are feeling the results of the Bush administration here. I don’t think that you can truly measure the impact of a president’s term in office until after 3-4 years. It takes that long for some of the bills and legislation that they make to actually get the wheels turning.
The bottom line is that we are not being represented by Republicans or Democrats, instead we are dealing with people drawing party lines in the sand and having political stand offs at the expense of the well being of the average citizen. This is a time when we all need to come together to create a unified solution and quit blaming Democrats or Republicans. Its old and tired. This is not a football rivalry but most people in the south act like it is.

@adam (with a little "a", how sweet)

April 22nd, 2010
7:55 am

Tea bagger is a term for people like Barney Frank, Anderson Cooper and you. A tea partier is a person who is among those exercising his free speech and peaceable assembly rights. Most TEA (taxed enough already) Party attendees are focused on government spending and taxation issues.

Jamie

April 22nd, 2010
8:00 am

What exactly is used to determine the unemployment rate? I know plenty of skilled workers who are still unemployed. I guess once all of the counties begin to lay off workers because of budget cuts, this number will again increase….

Morrus

April 22nd, 2010
8:25 am

Vote out the incumbents and start over

Mike Smythe

April 22nd, 2010
8:45 am

Kenyan dictator? Liberal cohorts? Apparently, you attended the Tea Party school of “Name Calling and Epithets Cure Everything.” REAGAN de-regulated the energy industry nationally. The Republicans did it locally, so thank them for your astronomical gas bills. REAGAN de-regulated the health care industry allowing it to become the tragic for-profit model that it is today. REAGAN de-regulated the banking industry allowing first the S&L troubles of the 1980’s and now the troubles on Wall Street. A free market and profit motives need parameters, or just like cancer, it will devour every healthy thing around it until it burns itself out. Then where’s your American dream?

yahman

April 22nd, 2010
8:49 am

I agree with you JD….the problem started with the Bush administration, but has also got worse with the current admin.. the unemployment numbers are never correct, and as far as skilled workers, I have many friends that are very skilled workers out of work and go on interview after interview and keep being told yeah we like you, we’ll call you and never hear back from them. I still say that we haven’t seen the worse yet. And what I don’t understand…..why is it soo hard to find work in Atlanta????

Bobby

April 22nd, 2010
8:51 am

The Georgia PSC is getting ready to raise our gas and eletric rates again. Gas and Georgia Power are both asking for rate increases and the rubber stampers at Georgia PSC are going to grant it. Mark my words. We might as well eliminate the Georgia PSC and save the taxpayers that amount of money.

James

April 22nd, 2010
8:52 am

A t-bagger is a geriatric republican drone that can’t hold a lucid thought long enough to turn off Glenn Beck for 5 min. T-baggers used this term to describe themselves from the outset, live with it.

NOAH

April 22nd, 2010
9:08 am

Not at all surprised as this jives with the other employment data from recent months. My household has experienced this as well. After finally landed a permanent job in December my spouse got a call out of the blue from a place she interviewed with 1 Year ago saying they were now hiring after removing their hiring freeze. Few weeks later they presented an offer. Its in small amounts here and there but I think things are slowly looking up in Atlanta.

If your unemployed do your best to hold some type of job, it makes it so much easier to land the next one when you are employed even if it is temp.

Alecia

April 22nd, 2010
9:13 am

We would have a larger drop in unemployment if small business owners were not so afraid of being taxed to death and hyper inflation in the near future, courtesy of the Obama administration.

Mark

April 22nd, 2010
9:31 am

I think that Bush is all to blame for our countries woes. He sent us into a death spiral without any chance of recovering. Those who blame the Dems are only showing typical republican denial and blame. Geez, get over it, take responsibility and move on.

William Buckley

April 22nd, 2010
9:32 am

I agree with Morrus….Vote All the incumbents out !!!

Definitely need to start over…..

Maturin

April 22nd, 2010
9:36 am

I believe it. A couple of my friends have gotten jobs the past 2 weeks.

Dan J

April 22nd, 2010
9:40 am

the fact that unemployment is going down is due to the Obama administration. the face it is so high to begin with is due to the bush administration if you remember during the clinton administration we had record low unemployment 2.9 % how soon we we forget so be Clinton and obama is bush so let be real all you are against obama get real you know it will take more that 14 months to fix a mess that took 8 years to create by bush if you can do it faster then run get elected and fix or be quit and give the man at least his first 4 years most of you that are mad it not cause of the job hes doing its cause your sore losers and your guy did not win or cause hes not white be honest that’s right i said guess what i am a white middle class Christian and i like the guy and will give him the same chance bush go 8 years ,if you all remember right when Clinton took office he had high unemployment too some like 7.9 % after 4 years it was down to 4.5 and after 8 years 2.9 and a 3 trillion surplus in the budget so those are the facts bush left us with a 1.2 trillion deceit so wheres the 4 trillion dollars that’s what i want to know and we have to have regulation meaning rules or people get greedy and abuse the systems and cause these problems all i see is complaints but i see now answers to fix it cause most of you just want to complain and not fix it i hope are next president in 2014 is Japanese American that would be funny then the birthers could go after him or her

#1 Foxy Lady

April 22nd, 2010
10:16 am

It is good to see that President Barack Obama is fixing the problems caused by George Bush.

Even though the haters can’t stand to see that President Barack Obama is the best eva.

Big Ricky Fahrmar

April 22nd, 2010
10:18 am

THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WILL GO UP BECAUSE ATLANTA’S “WORKING CLASS” IS LAZY AND WOULD RATHER COLLECT UNEMPLOYMENT CHECKS THAN WORK.

DreamsMaterialize

April 22nd, 2010
10:32 am

Unemployment number is just another Obama/ Washington Game
The Unemployment Rate has been calculated from the Current Population Survey (CPS) since 1940, clearly unrelated to any single president.

I agree the job picture is getting worse.
The job “picture” is not getting worse. The rate at which jobs have been lost has been decreasing since about November. The number of jobs added has been increasing over the last few months. Temp jobs have been increasing for the past 4 months, and historically an increase in temp jobs ALWAYS precedes an increase in permanent jobs after a recession.

I have never been calculated in these numbers as many of my friends have not either, forced to quit not be fired
Unemployment is not calculated only by analyzing the number of UI claims. This would not be a reliable methodology. The calculation is mainly base on the Current Population Survey (CPS), which is a sample of 60,000 households (representing about 110,000 individuals) designed to be representative of the general population.

get real you know it will take more that 14 months to fix a mess that took 8 years to create
I agree. If you look at the unemployment data for every recession dating back to 1948 (when the BLS started calculating it) you will see that it takes from 18-24 months for unemployment to go down significantly from its highest level/peak. It took 8 years for unemployment in 1982 (10.8%) to go back down to it’s previous levels (5.4%). People often make statements without having factual information to support those statements. We need to stop following blindly what either party is saying and start researching for ourselves.

GAmom

April 22nd, 2010
12:43 pm

“little Kenyan dictator”

PRESIDENT Obama is 6′1″ ;)

DannyX

April 22nd, 2010
2:50 pm

Housing sales up, unemployment down, bull market, strengthening dollar, retail sales up.

I think this will become known as the “Muslim Miracle”

Reality

April 22nd, 2010
2:56 pm

Foxy Lady, If you can tell me what George Bush had to do w/ Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac taking on more subprime risk than they already were, then i will give you a job. Dan J, you need to work on your math. next president will either be in 2012, or 2014, that is unless Obama resigns to head up the New World Order.

DannyX

April 22nd, 2010
3:05 pm

Gallup has been tracking employment trends for years.

The current data from Gallup is showing the same good news on employment.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/127469/Gallup-Tracking-Shows-Signs-Economic-Improvement.aspx

Jane

April 22nd, 2010
3:50 pm

What they aren’t telling you is businesses are hiring part-time employees and only allowing them to work 15-20 hours so they don’t have to pay benefits. Try raising a family on a $8.00 20 hours pay check.

Righty Complainer

April 22nd, 2010
4:10 pm

Shoot… unemployment’s probly closer to 85 – 95%… This Obama’s fudgin’ with the numbers. Just tryin’ to make things look rosier than they really are, if you ask me…

BS

April 22nd, 2010
4:15 pm

More misinformation from the AJC

Vote em out

April 22nd, 2010
4:28 pm

Vote out all incumbents. Let them feel the pain of not being able to find work. Let them also know that if they do not represent the people they are elected to represent, they will serve only one term! That is the only way change the corruption and lies.

#1 Foxy Lady

April 22nd, 2010
4:51 pm

Reality,
Who said anything about Freddie or Fannie. But speaking of Fannies, you do seem like a one.

rena

April 22nd, 2010
6:17 pm

If the economy is picking up I’d like to know where. Social Security didn’t get a cost of living because the cost of living didn’t increase. If all of this is true I want to know who the accountants are, I believe they worked for ENRON!!!!! We all know how that ended. As far as unemployment goes, the only reason the numbers have fallen is because so many have exhausted their benefits. If Oboma wants a socialist government then why has he not put programs in place to catch those who have fallen hard. Maybe it’s time to say NO to all of congress and their life long benefits. Its time they were unemployed and no benefits-See how long they-when you are out, you are out. Don’t get me started on AIG.

TnGelding

April 22nd, 2010
6:54 pm

Good news. Happy days are indeed here again! Hats off to Obama and Bush for investing in America!

[...] Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate showed improvement as it dropped to 10.4 percent, according to the state Labor Department. In March, 9,900 jobs were added in the area. To be sure, the pain is not yet over. However, increased income can turn a Band Aid into an antibiotic. [...]

Charles

May 1st, 2010
4:09 am

“Double-Crossers, Cross-Dressers & Cross-Bashers”

This would be a super great title for any future book about the Obama regime!

(For more Obamania, Yahoo “Obama Avoids Bible Verses,” “Obama Supports Public Depravity” and “David Letterman’s Hate, Etc.”)