Ga. jobless rate drops to 10.4% but long-term unemployment rises

Georgia’s unemployment rate declined slightly to 10.4 percent in April, but long-term unemployment is becoming a bigger problem, the state Labor Department reported today.

While the unemployment rate declined 0.1 percent from March, the number of unemployed Georgians who have been out of work at least 27 weeks rose to 215,100 in April. That was a 5.1 percent increase from March and a 152 percent surge from April 2009, the Labor Department said.

The long-term unemployed now account for 43 percent of the 489,010 jobless workers in Georgia, according to the Labor Department.

“Although our job market is slowly improving, the continuing increase in the number of long-term unemployed Georgians is troubling,” said state Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond. “The specter of structural unemployment is beginning to cast a long shadow across the American workplace.”

April’s report represents the 31st consecutive month that Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, currently at 9.9 percent.

On the positive side, Georgia’s job market showed a modest improvement for the third consecutive month, the Labor Department said. The number of payroll jobs in April increased 0.7 percent to 3.82 million. But the number of jobs remains 2.3 percent below April 2009

This April, 60,661 laid-off workers filed initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits. That was a decline of 12.4 percent from March.

Most of the first time claims were filed in trade, manufacturing, construction, and administrative and support services, the Labor Department said.

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TnGelding

May 20th, 2010
6:02 am

The long term unemployed are going to have to simply work harder at finding a job. At this point anything available will have to suffice.

The two that remain unemployed in our neighborhood are unemployable because of nicotine, alcohol and prescription drug addictions. They don’t understand either that what they spend on soft drinks would pay their water bills or that what they spend on cigarettes would pay the electric bill if not a car or house payment.

B. Sims

May 20th, 2010
6:12 am

I was unemployed for eight months. Had to leave my beloved ATL to find a good job. I have a great job now but Atlanta is six hundred miles away……

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TnGelding

May 20th, 2010
6:16 am

I would compete with an illegal preson for a seven dollar an hour job. I am perfact. I could feed my children rice and vegetables every other day and I could collect cans from my two neighbors who drink so much. Sometimes when I see people smokming, my panties bunch-up.

TnGelding

May 20th, 2010
6:24 am

Very funny! I don’t claim to be perfect, but in many cases we are our own worst enemies. And when I’m feeding them and paying their bills my opinion counts. My mother and father kept food off of our table because they were both chain-smokers. A third of what they spent at the grocery store went for cigarettes.

Once you get to know the migrant workers and their families it really doesn’t matter if they’re legal or not. That said, I’m not for allowing them to become citizens, but those that come forward and identify themselves should be allowed to stay under new workers’ permits.

cheesetruck

May 20th, 2010
6:27 am

Its amazing how people can’t figure out there lives in the long haul. I taught for several years. The thought of going a week without food. Using your wits to survive. Is something everyone should learn. It leads to better opportunity. Why because you think outside of the pack. You cut your own road. Dependency has become an American failing. Of course many will ignore this for their immediate concerns. Children etc. In early years America was an nation of independent thinkers. Many of them made there own way. Starting out small at first. The thought of building your own small house. Having a garden didn’t terrify people. They just did it. You buy a few livestock. No one likes this. They go out and get in debt. Instead of owning anything. See thats the kicker right there. Going out and getting in debt. So this isn’t just any hooray for independence response. Getting in debt doesn’t work. Instead of cursing the darkness. You should see this as a way out. Of having a life no one can repossess.

Just Hired

May 20th, 2010
6:35 am

Finding a job in this job market was unbelievably tough. It’s not a matter of looking harder at finding work, it’s a matter of having work to find. I know only one person who was quick to find a job, her bilingual skills were a huge advantage. However, everyone else I know, all college educated with either BBAs or an MBA, took seven months to thirteen months to find a job. The MBA took a “make do” in customer service until he can find a better job or find better opportunities within that company. Speaking for myself, I looked diligently for work, including server positions at restaurants. I was not able to find work there, even as a hamburger flipper. Finally yesterday, after a 15.5 month job search, I was offered a job with a software firm.

tim

May 20th, 2010
6:55 am

Headline: former cheese truck driver needs grammar lessons.

Georgia

May 20th, 2010
7:03 am

B Sims – we feel ya. My hubby had to relocate out of GA to find work as well. He’s an engineer and technology is no longer a lure to ATL. It’s been all about wealth management firms and suit and tie jobs. But he makes more than he’s ever made now, has every Friday off and we have no state income tax. Adios Georgia and never looking back!

Karl Marx

May 20th, 2010
7:20 am

Many of these lost job are never coming back because those were shipped overseas. Unless we change the tax structure and get rid long term politicians who created this mess the situation will never return to 4% unemployment. It will be in the 8% range. Eventually it will impact all salaries with reductions of 25 to 40%. The “underemployed” numbers will continue to rise dramatically over the next few months. Those that were making 20 to 30 dollars an hour will find themselves making 7. What will that do to buying power and how will that impact other jobs? It will continue to feed on itself creating more misery.

cheesetruck

May 20th, 2010
7:28 am

Oh Timmy. I wish I could write like you. Your such a good boy. HAHAHA

Frustrated W/ this B.S

May 20th, 2010
7:32 am

TNGelding…it’s easy to look down your long nose at people who are not employed and offer your glowing words of wisdom. Let’s see how fast u find a job if you are laid off or fired from your burger flipping job at Mickey D’s. There are no jobs….and the longer you are out of work..the harder it is to gain employment. Great post Just hired, i’ve been looking for 13 months now and I am a licensed insurance agent.

Elizabeth

May 20th, 2010
7:38 am

After being laid off, it took me 14 months to land a new job–paying 1/3 less than what I was making before. I am grateful, but believe me, it’s been tough.

TnGelding, did you ever think, “There but by the grace of God, go I?” Or better yet, “Judge not lest YOU be judged?”

Try it!

Its me Glynn

May 20th, 2010
7:42 am

TNnuttless, got it all figured out! go back to the hills. Over qualified and we’re looking for some one who will stay and grow with us(we’re not gonna pay so you’ll probably leave asap)I have waited tables and cut grass,I worked in the housing Market all my life.It has vanished along with manufacturing. Looks like harder times ahead for common folks like me. I do not think housing will be back for years. I have friends who have lost millions and millions. I really don’t know what to do. I would sell cars if the public would start buying again.

Mike's wifey

May 20th, 2010
7:50 am

My husband has been out of work for almost a year now. He applies for EVERY Job he is eligible for, even driving jobs. He has never been fired and this the first time he was laid off. He’s 53 and competing against younger men for what few jobs are left. He is out there every day, visiting businesses, leaving his resume. He sends thank you notes and follows up. Every 30 days, he visits them again. He’s still out of work. Get your heads out of your butts and have some compassion. Unless you are unemployed, you have NO CLUE about how hard it is. May God have mercy on your snotty souls.

tim

May 20th, 2010
8:07 am

Tngelding you are a horrible example of humankind…just look harder, indeed. I’ve worked non stop for more than 40 years when my job was eliminated in Feb 2009. I am 67 years old thank God I have no debts and own my home free and clear; however, I look for work everyday because I am not ready to stop work…any ideas for a 67 yo MBA?

Al

May 20th, 2010
8:12 am

I love some of these self-ritghteous comments!!!!!

joe

May 20th, 2010
8:14 am

After 14 months unemployed I finally found a new job. I networked, picked up a few contract jobs and volunteered, but in the end I found the job posted on the internet (contrary to where/how the experts say to look for one). I took a sizable pay cut but am very thankful. Keep your head up, meet new people, keep your skills sharp and learn some new ones. It’s tough out there… best of luck to all of you who still want to work hard and contribute. Something good will come your way.

Al

May 20th, 2010
8:14 am

Self righteous attitudes!!!!!!

cheesetruck

May 20th, 2010
8:15 am

See. No one wants to change their lives. Your going right back into the same vicious circle of debt. Life is not easy. You get buried in debt. It really ain’t easy. Your also going into the same vicious circle of dependence. On a lot of things THAT LEAVES YOUR LIFE OUT OF YOUR CONTROL. You may think i misunderstand. Or that I am being a hard case. You want to wind up right back where you are now. Keep going at life the way you are.

cheesetruck

May 20th, 2010
8:26 am

I’m not selling anything here. I’m just being a nice guy. Your independence doesn’t require me getting anything from you. Thats simple enough. Now think about some of the other things you have read. Where there is something in it some where for some one or some group of people.

veemmmgee

May 20th, 2010
8:33 am

After nearly 36 years, I will be looking for work in Feb/2011. I am 55 years old, will be 56 by then. While my severance will last for 6 months, I am scared to death to think about going out on a job interview after all this time. I am already afraid of what is to come – no one will take me seriously, due to my age. I still want to work for at least 10 years, and feel that I have a lot to offer in experience that is lacking in fresh-out-of-college people. We will see what happens…

lynn

May 20th, 2010
8:36 am

My husband died in 2008.
I was laid off in 2009.
My car was repoe’d in 2009.
Unemployment is not enough to cover car note, mortgage, utilities, childcare
I have no transportation to look for work
I can’t afford child care to look for work
I have no creditcard debt, I just can’t afford everyday needs
I am so tired of crying all the time,
There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of killling
my children and myself.

Roadrunner

May 20th, 2010
8:43 am

My wife just found work after being laid off 2 years ago from a banking job. Needless to say there are no jobs in banking and no one, not Kroger, not Wal-Mart, not Target would hire her because she previously made too much money, would leave as soon as she could get a better job, etc. etc. If you haven’t tried to find a job in this economy you should probably shut up because you truly don’t know what you’re talking about. That said, we all bristle at people who are too good to work a minimum wage job and just want to live off the rest of us. The trick is to know the difference between those dead beats an the people such as my wife who were willing to work ANY job but there weren’t any for her until recently.

Purple

May 20th, 2010
8:44 am

I will pray for you Lynn….been out of work for two years, and I know how you are feeling…Keep the faith!

tim

May 20th, 2010
8:45 am

LYNN !!! please, please call someone, anyone that you care about, because you are in immediate crisis. There is help out there as much as folks don’t like to admit it. For the sake of your children, and yourself ask for help today..God Bless

Lynn Hang In There

May 20th, 2010
8:49 am

Lynn hang in there. My family knows the desperation you’re living under and things are getting slowly better. Please don’t do anything you can’t undo, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Call your local churchs, county shelters, family, etc. This is not a time to be too proud to say you need help, many of us are that never had to before.

veemmmgee

May 20th, 2010
8:54 am

Lynn – there is help out there for you, and there are people who care. Please reach out – my prayers are with you.

Nick

May 20th, 2010
9:05 am

What do people expect when millions of jobs have been outsourced overseas by greedy CEO’s and corrupt politicians over the last two decades?? This country has spent the better part of the last thirty years eliminating manufacturing jobs while emphasizing the financial sector. Everyone sees what a crumbling house of cards that has turned out to be.

Until the multinationals feel the bite of a tax penalty for shipping American jobs overseas and a tax reduction for creating mid level jobs in the USA, the American workforce will continue to feel the pain.

As for Tn Gelding, he should rename himself and call himself Tn Jacka$$.

Lynn Don't Do It

May 20th, 2010
9:07 am

Lynn, I’ve been out of work for 18 months. There is NOTHING worth harming your kids or yourself for. Satan would like nothing better but don’t you listen to him! God is always with us even during times when it seems He is not. He does care and He will see you through this if you will trust Him completely. You’re in my prayers.

Think Lynn!!!!

May 20th, 2010
9:29 am

Lynn, things are tough right now for most of us. But pull yourself together and reach out for some help. There are several agencies that are willing to work with you. Contact Georgia Crisis Line and tell them how you are feeling. They can put you in contact with appropriate resources. I will pray for you and your children.

DreamsMaterialize

May 20th, 2010
9:33 am

Lynn
Struggle is the necessary precursor to triumph. Victory has meaning only in the context of adversity. Share your struggles with those who are going through similar situations. They may be able to offer solutions you haven’t thought of. At the very least, they can offer the emotional, psychological, and spiritual support that will help you get through these times. It’s difficult out there, but not too difficult for you to overcome. Look at the innocent smiles on your children’s faces and use that as motivation. When this situation has passed (yes it WILL pass), you will see the extent to which you drew on strength you never knew you had. That new-found strength will serve a greater purpose.

Roadrunner

May 20th, 2010
9:41 am

Nick, I totally agree with you on the core problem being loss of good paying jobs to overseas. And like you I mostly blame big business and government’s unwillingness to penalize companies who dump their American workers. However, unions have also played a part because as international competition has increased many U.S. businesses became increasingly uncompetitive due to unions not giving an inch which allowed them not to feel the pressure of this competition until the U.S. companies moved their jobs out of the country. Whatever it takes, we have to bring some of these jobs back because not everyone can write software or wait tables..

TnGelding

May 20th, 2010
9:45 am

cheesetruck

May 20th, 2010
6:27 am

Bravo!

TnGelding

May 20th, 2010
9:50 am

tim

May 20th, 2010
8:07 am

Do charity work and leave the paying jobs for the young folks that need them.

Elizabeth

May 20th, 2010
7:38 am

It’s hard to sit by and watch neighbors self-destruct as their children suffer because of their irresposibility.

Nick

May 20th, 2010
9:05 am

Jackass? I like that and plead guilty!

GG

May 20th, 2010
9:58 am

I don’t understand why anyone would ever want to stay in Atlanta if they see unemployment rates so high. If you have marketable skills, there is no reason to stay here in the rat race. You have to open your options and seek job opportunities in other cities.

Wells

May 20th, 2010
9:59 am

I was out of work for 8 months and when I decided that I would take any kind of work I was denied interview or employment because I’d previously made to much money and they said I would bolt when the market got better. I applied for every thing that I was under qualified, qualified, and over qualified for every day. I went to networking events, asked friends were their offices hiring, I prayed, I fasted, I took a systems class, and I read books about my profession. I finally found a job and I did take a pay cut. So as a person who was just recently in that situation its awful to see that some does not think that we are doing all that we can to get back into the job market.

TnGelding

May 20th, 2010
9:59 am

lynn

May 20th, 2010
8:36 am

There are many places in your community offering help and guidance. Make an appointment with DFCS immediately. Your family, friends and neighbors will also help if thye know you need it.

Think Lynn!!!!

May 20th, 2010
9:29 am

Au contraire. Most of us never had it so good. And it will get better for those of you struggling. Just hang in there and seek the help that is available.

GG

May 20th, 2010
10:04 am

@ Lynn,

Whatever you are going through nothing is more selfish then taking the life of your children. They did not ask to be here, so please try to get help anyway you can, there are programs that can assist you until you are able to get back on your feet. Don’t give up, you have to be a strong woman, don’t allow life beat you down, because some people have it worse than you. Remember through god and prayer anything is possible.

GG

May 20th, 2010
10:07 am

@ Lynn

Also remember that god helps those that help themselves, prayer alone is not going to land you a job, you have to put in work and motivation. But the last thing you don’t want to do is to give up.

lou

May 20th, 2010
10:09 am

Extended benefits being paid up to 99 weeks is the main factor in the long term unemployed. Trust me I know. Won’t go into the why’s, not important, trust me, I know-nuff said.

lou

May 20th, 2010
10:17 am

Think folks, over 60,000 claims (according to the article) for newly laid off workers were filed in April. If my experience is correct probably about 10 percent were downsizing or lack of work or business closing. The other claims were resignations, terminations for cause, leaves of absences for medical reasons, etc. The logical conclusion is that there are probably about 50,000 new openings as a result of the 60,000 unemployment insurance claim filings. These folks will be replaced. Those jobs will stretch across the entire spectrum of professions from fast food,retail, office workers, manufacturing,warehouseing, etc. There out there, keep trying. Don’t give up!

veemmmgee

May 20th, 2010
10:24 am

Ours is not economy based – it is consolidation of many locations throughout the US into one. This location is doing extremely well.

Its me Glynn

May 20th, 2010
10:25 am

nutless in Tn., and repeat after me….you will one day find your self in a spot not unlike these people and needing someone else to give you a hand. I hope they look you in the Eye and say SUCK IT.

bankrupt nation

May 20th, 2010
10:33 am

americans sold out their country in favor of saving a nickel here and there, china thanks you and they are laughing at u suckers. china is going to send all u walmart suckers a gift card for ten cents of you next dvd player

Whoisit

May 20th, 2010
10:38 am

TnGelding: perfect name-no balls and and I’m sure the TN stands for Tennessee..No one really wants to read your pathetic opinions on anything…also funny that your “panties” seem to be in a wad, which is unusual for a gelding..

Roadrunner

May 20th, 2010
10:43 am

When Sam Walton was alive he made it a point of pride & part of his marketing strategy that Walmart always tried to sell products “Made in the U.S.A”. Since his passing his children have made a point of selling out the American manufacturers as quickly as they could. Now you’d be hard pressed to find something from the U.S in a Walmart. They have gone so far as to bankrupt companies trying to force them to move their production overseas (read up on Rubbermaid, now Newell Rubbermaid since the bankruptcy) so yes, every time you shop at Walmart you are rewarding them for shipping these jobs overseas. Can you save a nickel or a dime on every item? Likely. Will that compensate American workers for depressed wages and greater unemployment now & in the future? Hardly. Trouble is the damage is done and its going to take government (unfortunately) to reverse this trend either through laws or tax code. Pray for our children, they’re going to need it.

woodie

May 20th, 2010
10:57 am

So many unemployed suffering this deep recession and we are getting insensitive, buffoonish comments about smoking and other personal habits. There are people out here who care and are empathetic to the plight of our beleagered neighbors, and to those, I apologise for the blithly ignorant few here.

Mike's wifey

May 20th, 2010
11:02 am

I don’t know where you get your numbers, Lou because the firm I work for has had 4 rounds of layoffs and NO new hires in the past 2 years. No one is nuts enough to quit a job in this economy or retire.

Sam for Lynn

May 20th, 2010
11:17 am

Lynn,

Please talk to someone; Here’s a hotline that will offer you some support: 1-800-784-2433.

Let’s take it one day at a time!