Metro Atlanta unemployment tumbles to 9.8 percent

Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate fell dramatically in April — to 9.8 percent from 10.4 percent in March, the state labor department reported today.

Metro Atlanta’s rate is now lower than the state’s — 10.4 percent — and the nation’s — 9.9 percent, the labor department said. Until now, Atlanta’s jobless rate during this recession has generally been higher than the nation’s.

But unemployment in the metro area remains very high and well above April 2009, when it stood at 8.6 percent.

Still, the job market now appears to making progress.

The number of unemployed workers in April in the metro area decreased to 261,748 — down nearly 15,000 from March.

Also in April, 29,361 laid-off workers in metro Atlanta filed initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits. That was a decrease of 14.4 percent from April 2009.

What’s more, the number of payroll jobs in metro Atlanta increased by 18,100 or 0.8 percent in April vs. March. A total of 2,264,800 are now working.

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TnGelding

May 27th, 2010
5:08 am

More good news. Let’s hope it continues. We have plenty of jobs still; just the wrong people filling them. Too many two-income families which means more no-income families. It’s time to rethink what success means and how important time with our family is. We put saving on hold over two years ago to pick up the slack, but have just about tapped out. Hang in there young folks. Your time is coming. I apologize for the lack of vision by our politicians. Make your voices heard. You’re providing benefits to us that you can’t afford for yourselves.

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dawgma

May 27th, 2010
6:35 am

Still unemployment is way high and our housing market is one of the worst in the country. Good sounding news but not much under the covers if you peek. What is our city’s ranking in the “permanantly unemployed” – those users of food stamps, unemployment, medacaid claims, section 8 housing. Atlanta continues to be a national leader in the “social welfare” state.

Sandra

May 27th, 2010
6:49 am

It is because of the Census jobs. Ryla hired 1500 for the customer service positions.

Karl Marx

May 27th, 2010
6:59 am

What kind of journalism is this? How many people dropped off the unemployment rolls because they could not find a job? This report tries to spin a rosy picture and short term minuscule gains don’t mean anything. The jobs picture is still the worst it has been since the 1930’s. No wonder the AJC is going down the tubes.

Mary

May 27th, 2010
6:59 am

These numbers are so messed up, most people finished their last tier and now are waiting for State or have nothing left. We are going on two years of off and on jobs and nothing stable, savings gone, house we used to could afford going fast with no help there. But they are working on fixing everything but the jobs…and Ryla is Government backed, so there you go and yes it is. Grants from the goverment.

All I can say that all you guys that voted for these idiots in Washington are sitting back and not having much to say.

Brad

May 27th, 2010
7:02 am

The question is which measure of unemployment are they reporting U3 or U6? U3 is the ‘official’ rate of unemployment but a person is no longer listed as ‘unemployed’ if they no longer are seeking employment. U6 includes U3 PLUS those that have given up looking PLUS workers that only have a part-time job but would rather have full time employment. The better measure is U6 but politicians do not like using it because it is harder to find the ’silver lining.’

Buzz G

May 27th, 2010
7:09 am

Why does Henry Unger chose this topic? Yesterday the national debt passed the $30,000,000,000 mark. Yes, that is 30 trillion dollars. And yet the press chooses not to talk about it. It is the 800 pound gorilla sitting in the middle of the road but it seems to be politically incorrect at the AJC and other papers to talk about it. I cannot even imagine what a trillion of anything looks like. But our children and grandchildren will face the consequences of servicing a 13 trillion debt. It seems Henry Unger nor any one else at the AJC sees it. Well, I suspect they see it, but they don’t want to talk about it because then they would also have to talk about the crazy spending in Washington that has caused it. And the AJC loves socialism and the “spread the wealth around” mentality of Obama and the Democrats.

Larry

May 27th, 2010
7:14 am

The reason the unemployment rate drop in April was those that have depleted their Tier 4 unemployment drop off the books on April 5th, so they are no longer counted.

Mishap

May 27th, 2010
7:38 am

Buzz G,
Didn’t realize that Obama had personally spent 13T in the last 1.5yrs. Seems to me some of that existed before voting in the great socialist. How come people were silent when Reagan doubled it from the stable 2T it had been at for decades? GWB sent it from 5.5T to 10T and times weren’t nearly as bad.

People loved spreading the wealth long before Obama and a mighty large chunk of our deficits are to spreading our “wealth” all over the desert in the Middle East. What about the repeal of Glass-Steagall that allowed Wall St to play both sides of deals and bet 30:1 against the market when they simultaneously made the market? That certainly wasn’t Mr. Obama since he was still a lowly state senator.

The reason why the AJC isn’t talking about it here is b/c its the same topic that people have known about for the last 30 yrs since Reaganomics but somehow is only a priority when its not your guy racking up the debt. Unemployment #’s are a far more relevant business topic given changes in the rate affect business decisions today. If you haven’t built the deficit into your tax strategies, you’re a wee bit behind.

A CONSERVATIVE

May 27th, 2010
7:38 am

.. JUST LIKE THE LIBERAL AJC & reason.HENRY..UNemployment is way down……at the same time. Unemployment is very high…meaningless gobbleee-Deeee-goook. SUMMARIZE=???

Cayce

May 27th, 2010
7:40 am

You guys just can’t stand the fact that the economy is turning around under Obama. He didn’t invent this crisis, your guys did. But he will have failed if he doesn’t seriously curtail the activities of the Wall St. guys who are currently pumping money into Republican candidates.

And that deficit you’re laying at this feet? Two thirds of it was inherited from a Republican administration that just about broke the world.

And why don’t you go look up the word socialism. You guys toss it around a lot, but seem to have no idea what it really means.

Really???

May 27th, 2010
7:47 am

The unemployment rate is down in metro Atlanta, yeah right!!! This only means that people that were receiving unemployment benefits have more then likely exhausted the benefits. The State only keep records of people that were receiving benefits that are now no longer receiving those benefits. When those benefits run out, then people can no longer certify, hence the drop in unemployment. That does not mean people are working. Wake up AJC and tell it like it is.

GA Unemployed Resident

May 27th, 2010
7:48 am

Yes, unemployment has decreased, but remember over 25,000 individuals were hired for the US Census. That project is ending soon and unemployment will rise again.

Hahahaha

May 27th, 2010
7:51 am

How many people has the AJC hired back??? HAHAHA!!!

Daniel

May 27th, 2010
7:57 am

Oh come on Cayce. Put the koolaid down and snap back to reality. Your boy Obama is running up trillion dollar deficits as we speak, from teacher bailouts, to Greece bailouts, the auto industry bailout, and so on and so forth.

AJC, I’d hardly call a 0.7% drop in unemployment a “huge drop.”

Daniel

May 27th, 2010
7:59 am

GA Unemployed is right.
Don’t forget to count all of the stimulus road projects. These road construction and engineering companies may have to “hire” extra people to complete all the road projects and other stimulus projects that are due to begin. But you know that once those projects are finished, those extra hired workers will be unemployed once more. In essence, the stimulus isn’t creating “jobs” (which are meant to be permanent and on-going). It’s creating “work” (and once the work is done, the workers are let go).

3rdnlong

May 27th, 2010
8:03 am

the numbers are deceptive ! When Congress did not sign the extension bill before their Easter break thousands were dropped including myself and benefits were not restored by Georgia when the bill was passed. So thankyou Georgia my family and I will be homeless by the end of this weekend which makes looking for a job alot harder…. But the numbers look good for PR

Lorraine

May 27th, 2010
8:15 am

Does this number only included the people who are on unemployement? I think it’s higher because a lot of people unemployment has run out or they never filled out the paperwork.

DebDoes

May 27th, 2010
8:19 am

Just because the ‘unemployment rates’ at the Labor Dept have fallen does not mean less people are unemployed. I have not received unemployment comp in over 9 mos., I was not eligible and I am unemployed. Where does my unemployment number status fall? I’ll tell you, along with the over 2% of the unemployed who do not claim unemployment. Nothing has changed. The numbers are false….AJC, dig further to find out what is really behind these numbers!

Lance

May 27th, 2010
8:24 am

It’s all SMOKE and MIRRORS with this joke of an administration

red hill

May 27th, 2010
8:28 am

We ain’t close to hitting bottom. Just because we supposedly falling slower doesn’t mean that we aren’t still falling. You ain’t seen bad, but it’s coming with the Dems in charge.

GA Unemployed Resident

May 27th, 2010
8:30 am

The unemployment rate may be 9.8 percent; however, Georgia’s UNDERemployment rate is over 24 percent.

That was April, now it is May

May 27th, 2010
8:41 am

So glad the unemployment rate dropped by the end of April but that was before all of the teachers in the different Metro Atlanta counties(and statewide as well) found out that they would be losing their jobs for next year and could apply for unemployment after their last working day (end of May or first part of June). Watch it go back up you idiot! We are not close to beginning to recover from this economic mess!

Bertram

May 27th, 2010
8:43 am

I don’t care if it is true or not, it is just nice to hear something positive. Let me have my moment of delusional happiness

Rich

May 27th, 2010
8:44 am

Wait until next month when all us teachers file for unemployment.

Zedd

May 27th, 2010
8:58 am

Two more Census workers blow the whistle

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/two_more_census_workers_blow_the_OqY80N3DBTvL17VmxKKR0O

Gt to love that government math!

don'tcareenough

May 27th, 2010
9:00 am

Obama spent 13 trillion in the last 1.5 years. Oh please. I pray to God no one believes that. If you do, I pray you live no where near me. Please don’t believe everything you read. Or than again please do. People that believe in the Easter Bunny. Tend to do less damage.

Math Correcter

May 27th, 2010
9:19 am

Thanks, Buzz G for the lies with the generous helping of stupidity. If you MEAN 30 Trillion then you need 3 more zeros to be correct. Count with me from the rightnow just like you (should have) learned in 3rd grade, 3 zeros for the hundreds, 3 for the thousands, 3 for the millions, 3 for the billions but you still need 3 more for the trillions.

And NO ONE is saying the debt is presently 30 trillion, well; no one but you. We were running two wars “off budget.” What did you and the other right-wing morons expect to happen to the deficit and debt? Were you under the impression that only “social programs” cost money we do not have? It all costs. Get Real. It’s the wars and the interest on the costs of the wars that are bankrupting us. If Bush had any evidence of brain activity, instead of tax cuts, there would have been a tax INCREASE to pay for his wars. That, and a draft. Then we could have seen how popular the war was. Besides, I’d much prefer a nation going broke providing health care to American children than going broke killing foreigners. But, hey, that’s just me.

don'tcareenough

May 27th, 2010
9:28 am

Sure. Ok. I’ll count with you. People believe a lot of things. Get very upset about them. They have no basis in reality. We are running to wars. Yea ok sure. We love a true believer. I have brand new cars for sale in the classifieds at half price. They are selling fast. Hurry.

Please!!!!

May 27th, 2010
9:28 am

Unemployment is down because of the Census. I have worked in the County office where I reside for the past 4 weeks and that office alone hired about 1500 people. It is winding down now so I’m sure unemployment will go back up. I would like to let you know how your government works. They hired 10 to 15 people for 3 shifts just for the field operations, that doesn’t include all the supervisors and there are many other people in different operations. Most of the time we sat around with nothing to do because the software doesn’t work correctly and they have to shut it down from midnight to 7AM every night to try to get it to work correctly. When they come out with their figures I wouldn’t put much trust in the accuracy. They had 10 years to get the Census ready, can you imagine what they are going to do with our healthcare.

don'tcareenough

May 27th, 2010
9:37 am

Not working

May 27th, 2010
9:40 am

I was laid off almost two weeks ago. Has anyone from the AJC bothered to go to the Department of Labor offices where you have to file for unemployment to see how horrible it is? It took me over 3 hours just to begin the filing process and I still don’t have any decision on it yet. I had to go back the other day and waited almost 3 hours again and still never got an answer to my questions. I would guess that a lot of people just give up out of frustration after dealing with the mess they have going on over there.

Tingles up and down my spine

May 27th, 2010
9:46 am

I have got that tingley fealings running up my spine, Obama is going to take care of us THANY YOU, THankYOU for taking the time to fix our problems,Yea he is fixing them, the new wall-street bill will kill small business growth. Only union business can start and get help, only union shops can get goverment contracts, only union members get to ask him questions when he visits a solar pannelcompany, non-union employees ordered to stay home without pay. No investments into small business ventures unless he approves it, He can watch your bank accounts now. Every thing is going to be rosey now that he has spoken. Jobs are going to get created. Our tanks are going to get filled, our homes are going to be saved, If any one of you belives this, I know a fifty five year old VIRGIN that has five kids and looking for a young rick man to take care of her. Just apply here.

CG

May 27th, 2010
9:46 am

Mary is right!! Those numbers are because a lot of folks have fallen of the charts because they have run out of tiers. And after being unemployed for 2 yrs, this is BULL!!!!!! It is very misleading, and most of us are waiting for additional benefits!!!! AJC SUCKS!!!!!! And for those of you ignorantly trying to blame the Obama Admin., you can’t be serious!!!!! Obama inherited this mess from Bush, bottom line!!!!! Get over your racist ignorance……..still hating cause a black man won!!!!!!!! Pure IGNORANCE!!!!!!! Oh, and did I say the AJC SUCKS!!!!!

A CONSERVATIVE

May 27th, 2010
9:55 am

JOBLESS RATE…….is not those unemployed…the rate has slowed…as usual…AHC misleads readers…the RATE has dropped..not the number of unemployed..LIBERALs are very misleading..just a little dishonesty in the AJC…..MISLEADING ARTICLE..

A CONSERVATIVE

May 27th, 2010
9:55 am

JOBLESS RATE…….is not those unemployed…the rate has slowed…as usual…AHC misleads readers…the RATE has dropped..not the number of unemployed..LIBERALs are very misleading..just a little dishonesty in the AJC…..MISLEADING ARTICLE..

A CONSERVATIVE

May 27th, 2010
9:57 am

DON’T EXPECT HONESTY & INTEGRITY FROM THE AJC….DON’t..

don'tcareenough

May 27th, 2010
9:59 am

No one should be unemployed they should go to work. Looking for a “job” is just looking for another handout. Watching the clock. Doing a little and collecting a check.

arthur krause

May 27th, 2010
10:04 am

Want a real cure? Tax all imports we can manufacture here at 25% . The givament (now supplying 18% of all us incomes-up dramatically in 15 months,) by “free trade” open borders, we are destroying america. Look at all our “free trade” partners they buy from us only hi tech they can’t produce yet-but when they can.they will. Either tax imports or stock dried food and bullets you will need both. The givament started this freefall with free trade.. we are going down to the level of India-China.. hey thats what the looney left want’s (for everyone else). I don;t see super lefties riding bikes or abstaining from anything..They cry about drilling while chartering jet fuel guzzlers?? Get Real ..

tom

May 27th, 2010
10:23 am

love these articles. Spin the situation to make it look like things are improving. How many people gave up and stop looking. I myself never fit into the equation because I have a govt retirement. I am not eligible for un-employment yet I am unemployed and must pay into the system when I am employed.

Joe

May 27th, 2010
10:30 am

This stuff kills me. If you are going to write an article, please dig a little deeper and present all the facts about unemployment. This is nowhere close to being newsworthy or an accurate portrayal of true unemployment in Atlanta and the surrounding areas.

Where_Is_My_Check

May 27th, 2010
10:41 am

Why does the media try to spin a rosey picture when they know dang well that ain’t the case..Census jobs and unemployment exhaustees deflate the numbers..I have been out of work since Nov. 2009 in Georgia and at 53 years old the job search ain’t exactly peaches and cream for me..Usually I am a republican but right now I am a democrat because that is who is taking care of me with the weekly checks..Call it socialism or whatever you want but I need that check till I can find another good job.

Elizabeth

May 27th, 2010
10:45 am

How much does the census employment figure into these numbers state-wide and nationally? Does it move the needle much at all?

reebok

May 27th, 2010
11:20 am

hilarious…if the numbers are getting worse, it’s obama’s fault. if the numbers are getting better, it’s a hoax, or a lie, because everything is actually still getting worse, and it’s obama’s fault. if things are undeniably getting better, you just wait, it’s all a house of cards, the whole economy is about to collapse, and it’s obama’s fault. and after 4 years of recovery and robust growth, it will be in spite of obama.

czar

May 27th, 2010
11:44 am

TUMBLES.HUH? Nothing short of an avalanche i suppose! people of the U S and here are witnessing a pandemic of shortfalls by our elected”cash cows”. this will soon be followed by an endemic trickle up societal redistribution of money. the south is but 1 of 4 cardinal points. light years behind. and broke.

Susan

May 27th, 2010
11:46 am

In the last month my phone was ringing off the hook for job interviews, which was a vast improvement from where things were a year ago when I was sending resume after resume and the phone did not ring for over six weeks, not all of the interviews were for top shelf jobs, but many of them were. While looking for work I kept my options open, I looked for “fall back jobs,” (aka server jobs) skills jobs (aka jobs that are in my field that will fill in gaps in my resume, but not pay as much as my previous position, but will when the job market is better) and jobs that were the same as the one lost. I finally landed a skills job last week and still the phone is ringing for job interviews. Personally I believe the job market has improved and will continue to improve, which is helping to contibute to a lowering of the unemployment rate, but I do happen think that such a sharp drop in such a short period of time also indicates that there are people who have fallen off the unemploymnet rolls, thus contributing to the sharp decline. To sum up, it’s a mixed report – good for some, not so good for others. We’re on the road of recovery, but it’s going to take time.

Jim007

May 27th, 2010
11:50 am

Things are improving, but the drop noted is just a numbers game.

Overall unemployment is still near 20%, with the over 55 set at ~ 25%

Is it that Obvious?

May 27th, 2010
11:53 am

Hey Republicans and Tea Baggers…..Do a little Researsch. The defeicit grew more under the Reagan, Bush the Father, and and Dubya than it did under the last 10 democrats COMBINED.
So how is it Obama’s fault?

Is it that Obvious?

May 27th, 2010
11:54 am

defecit that is