Georgia’s unemployment rate dips slightly to 10.2 percent

Georgia’s unemployment rate declined to 10.2 percent in May, from 10.3 percent in April, the state labor department reported Thursday.

But the number of long-term unemployed keeps rising. People out of work 27 weeks or longer now make up 47 percent of the state’s jobless, the labor department said.

“It’s disturbing that the number of long-term unemployed Georgia workers is growing by the thousands,” state Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said in a statement. “There are some signs of improvement in the job market, but we must have robust private sector job creation before our economy will fully recover.”

In May, there were 225,700 long-term unemployed in Georgia. That represents an increase of 143 percent from a year ago and 5 percent from April, the labor department said.

The state’s 10.2 percent  jobless rate remains seven-tenths of a percentage point higher than it was a year ago. May is the 32nd consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is now 9.7 percent, the labor department said.

On the positive side of the numbers, Georgia’s job market showed a modest improvement for the fourth consecutive month. The number of payroll jobs in May increased to 3,843,400 — a seven-tenths of a percentage point rise from April. But, the number of jobs remains 1.7 percent less than in May 2009.

Also in May, 57,919 laid-off workers filed initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits. That represents a decline of 4.5 percent from April, the labor department said.

Most of the first-time claims were filed in wholesale and retail trade, manufacturing, construction and administrative services.

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Used to be Disgusted

June 17th, 2010
6:21 am

Republican policies are really great, aren’t they? Rather than apologize to us for screwing everything up and promising to change, they want more of the same. There is no failure that will convince them that they are wrong.

The older I get, the more I become convinced that the only truly infinite force in the universe is republican stupidity.


June 17th, 2010
7:01 am

last time i checked, the democrats are running this country. duhhhh.

American Made ( well, almost)

June 17th, 2010
7:38 am

MADE IN AMERICA or American Made tags were something we took for granit to long. Now you have to look hard to find one. We have gotten used to buying Wal-mart price and quality items, to the point that we have run most small American made shops out of business.
Wal-Mart buyes the most products for the least amount of money from the cheepest sources they can find. The rest of the retailers have to buy the same type products from the same producers because that is all that is out there.
Try to shop and find only MADE IN AMERICA products and see if you can fill your list. Unemployment in America is the fault of everybody that depends on the low price products that we buy.The only American jobs created by Made in China products are Wal-MArt jobs of simlear jobs. No manufractor jobs are created in this country by using the stuff made over seas.
Made in America tags mean American Made jobs for American workers. American workers, working means low unemployment.

The Economy

June 17th, 2010
7:40 am

Republican/Democrat, does it really matter. One party, thats all we need, one party. Americans, not thats an idea? just think about it.

Vote every one of them OUT, start fresh. No more career politicians, way to corrupte. Lobbiest have them in they’er pockets, dont kid yourselves. I promise you it wont be any worse than it is.

PS, true unemployment #’s are at 12.375%, thanks for getting your facts strait.


June 17th, 2010
7:41 am

Republicans have supported out-sourcing of our jobs and they will not be coming back.

In addition, as many as 14 million white-collar jobs could be lost to offshore outsourcing in the years ahead, according to a 2003 study by the University of California at Berkeley. In mid-March, Secretary of State Colin Powell traveled to India, where many U.S. white-collar jobs have migrated, to reassure Indian leaders the Bush administration will not try to halt outsourcing of high-technology jobs to that country.

Used to be Disgusted

June 17th, 2010
7:42 am


Nice name. I suppose it reflects both your personality and your intellect.

You are right in that Obama and company have been trying valiantly to reverse the damage done by eight years of Bu$h. It is a daunting task, but they are making slow progress.

Repukes have been in charge in Georgia for more than eight years now, and the state is in free-fall. Before Sonny waddled in from good air, I thought that this state was a good place to live. After Sonny and company, things are worse than we ever thought they could be. The repuke answer? More of the same.

As I said, repuke stupidity is the only truly infinite force in the universe.

Buzz G

June 17th, 2010
7:54 am

With a national debt of $13 trillion dollars, one of these days when the Chinese and Japanese stop buying U.S. Treasury bonds, this country is going to have to declare itself bankrupt. Just see what that does to the unemployment rate. Thanks Obama. Hope and change, my rectum. Just more wreckless spending. Debt is rising 10 times faster than Bush.

The national debt problem ultimately will sink this nation. It’s not if we sink, it’s when. And neither Unger nor anyone else at the AJC will talk about it.


June 17th, 2010
8:23 am

I’m one of those “long-term” unemployed, and I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’m “too experienced” to work a minimum wage job, and competing with folks from SC, NJ and MS for the rest of the jobs (can’t even count the # of SC plates I see everyday).

So I’m starting my own business. When you’ve had enough of waiting for someone else to bail you out, you’ll regain employment by employing yourself and hopefully others, too.

why not

June 17th, 2010
8:27 am

Why not let democrates borrow and print more money to solve all the problems of the world. We can stuff IOU’s in the oil hole and plug it up. Recycled paper of course.

Government is the problem. As soon as the govt. is desperate enough to get out of the way then we will all start making progress personally and as a group of all Americans.


June 17th, 2010
8:28 am

Amen Buzz. Leave it to the Dumbocrats to overlook the spending spree that their messiah has crippled this country with for decades to come. The current occupant of the white house is nothing more than an inexperienced uninitiated spending machine that is totally out of control and has done nothing at all to help the economic situation. Rather he has made it trillions of dollars worse. Oh and have a look at his unemployment numbers. He hasnt a clue as to what to do about that either. Gulf oil leak? Oh I know let’s put another czar in charge of that who has no experience in the petroleum industry at all. I mean I got elected with only 145 day’s experience as a senator who voted present 85% of the time right? We would have been better off having Bob the bartender at the local pub be POTUS. Wake up people he is leading us down the road to socialism and destruction. Your empty headed fashion statement vote for this inexperienced hopey changey empty suit rhetoric sorry excuse for a leader of anything much less our country is coming back to haunt us now. Anyone who voted for him and does not have a BAD case of voters remorse is not paying attention.

Subroto Sarkar

June 17th, 2010
8:34 am

Thanks for the writer American Made ( well, almost) for his comments. I am an Indian tourist who came in October. I have a long experience in generating self employment in India.The same words when I had pronounced in meetings and gathering I was brushed aside saying that it is USA and not India. India is a socialistic Economy and USA is a capitalistic economy where it is is fit for those who can survive. That means those who cannot survive should perish? I felt dejected and withdrew myself as I wanted to start a movement in this line and straight go in for generating self employment with small investment. Thank you writer of American Made ( well, almost) I am happy that at least one American is thinking in my line. I hope and pray that more and more American realizes this and beat the unemployment woes. Thank you ssir.


June 17th, 2010
9:00 am

Sure would be nice if people would stop blaming Republicans and Democrats. They have ALL played a role in the mess. Rather than hold tightly to a knee-jerk belief that “your team” is so much better, I suggest spending a few days researching the true actions, campaign contributors and detailed voting records of your players. It will be eye opening. You’ll find your representatives consistently do what is in their own personal best interests, whether it aligns with anything they say or not.

And despite what everyone seems to think, presidents really do have limited power. They can’t control every factor that drives the economy. Changes in technology that make industries obsolete, the economies of other countries, Congress – they are obstacles no matter who is in office.

I wish we could all spend less time playing the Republican/Democrat blame game and more time figuring out the next steps to create a strong new economy.


June 17th, 2010
9:01 am

I have been saying buy American for years! I have been out of work since Oct last year. I worked for the same company for 14 years. I cannot find a job.


June 17th, 2010
9:17 am

Well, haven’t we adjusted our expectations. Happy about a dip to 10.2%?
btw, I’ve been hearing great job search advice on an internet radio show at
Looks like we’re going to be looking for jobs for a long time to come.


June 17th, 2010
9:23 am

How many of the chronically unemployed have invested their time and money into learning a new skill? How many can’t pass a pee test? How many can’t pass a basic English language skill test? There are jobs that employers are trying to fill but you have to qualify for them.

Real American

June 17th, 2010
9:42 am

Lets see under this President gas has been steady, Jobs are slowly comming back, the President has grant money, for you to update your skills. Thousand of people are geting loans modification thanks to Obama.

Lets see, George Bush $5 gallon for gas, he did nothing for homeowners, 2 wars, no wall street regulations, out source all our jobs.

Thank you President Obama, most of these idiots racist people like Hannity, Beck are whats destroying America.


June 17th, 2010
9:44 am

The names below are the Senators who voted against extending unemployment and COBRA benefits. Contact these Senators and tell him/her to extend these benefits NOW needed by so many of your family, friends and neighbors. They can find money to fund illegal wars, assist other countries and give tax breaks to the big corporations, but when it comes to helping their own citizens, politicians suddenly become budget conscious. They must make the citizens of America their priority. Also call the White House Comment line at 1-202-456-1111. Visit to stay informed about bills in Congress.

Alexander (R-TN), Barrasso (R-WY), Bayh (D-IN), Begich (D-AK), Bennett (R-UT), Bond (R-MO), Brown (R-MA), Brownback (R-KS), Bunning (R-KY), Burr (R-NC), Chambliss (R-GA),
Coburn (R-OK), Cochran (R-MS), Collins (R-ME), Corker (R-TN), Cornyn (R-TX), Crapo (R-ID), DeMint (R-SC), Ensign (R-NV), Enzi (R-WY), Feingold (D-WI), Graham (R-SC), Grassley (R-IA), Gregg (R-NH), Hatch (R-UT), Hutchison (R-TX), Inhofe (R-OK), Isakson (R-GA), Johanns (R-NE), Kohl (D-WI), Kyl (R-AZ), Landrieu (D-LA), LeMieux (R-FL), Lieberman (ID-CT), Lugar (R-IN),
McCain (R-AZ), McCaskill (D-MO), McConnell (R-KY), Menendez (D-NJ), Murkowski (R-AK),
Nelson (D-FL), Nelson (D-NE), Pryor (D-AR), Risch (R-ID), Sessions (R-AL), Shelby (R-AL),
Snowe (R-ME), Thune (R-SD), Vitter (R-LA), Voinovich (R-OH), Webb (D-VA), Wicker (R-MS)

Glenn Beck

June 17th, 2010
10:06 am

Unemployment wouldn’t be this high if the democrats would lower taxes and get governement out of the FREE market!!!

Swede Atlanta

June 17th, 2010
10:25 am

Glenn Beck

It has been repeatedly proven that lowering taxes does NOT reduce unemployment. That is a fallacy as old as that drinking coffee at too young an age will make your hands hairy.

When Bush lowered taxes for the wealthiest Americans that additional “take home” pay did NOT go into job creation. The wealthier just got wealthier and the gap between the rich and middle class and below has widened.

Much of what drove the Bush “bubble” was financial and real estate speculation and we see how that “free market” came tumbling down.

Personal and corporate taxes are lower today, even if the Bush tax cuts are allowed to expire, than they were 50 years ago.


June 17th, 2010
10:34 am

The only reason it has dropped is because they only count the unemployment rate accounted for at the GDOL. They have exhausted wages on some causing a drop in the rate of unemployment ACCOUNTED FOR but most are still without jobs and unemployment benefits, which to me is total BULLCRAP!


June 17th, 2010
10:35 am

Um, Bunnie, you aren’t competing with people from New Jersey for minimum wage jobs. New Jersey has one of the most highly educated workforces in the country, which translates to being #2 of all states in per capita AND household income. Those of you southerners who are of the “all northern states are crapholes” variety really need to get a clue.

So Steve...

June 17th, 2010
10:45 am

So Steve. No one in NJ works for minimum wage?
That’s what I thought.


June 17th, 2010
10:58 am

This recession WAS CREATED by a Republican Administration who HAD NO DOMESTIC POLICY and who spent all money in Iraq and was consumed by occupying a country!!!

It will cost this country many, many years to recover from the Bush Debacle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


June 17th, 2010
11:48 am

Deegee…sure theyre jobs u have to qualify for….like knowing which icon of a burger to push when someone gives u an order.

Im highly experienced in the printing industry and most companies would rather have the parchment than the experience. And then they turn around and complain that the new grads have no knowledge. Well ill be……

Still Looking

June 17th, 2010
11:59 am

I increased my skills after losing my job. I can pass a pee test, background test and credit check. I walk upright and lift my feet off the ground when I walk. I speak well, can compose a complete sentence, write well and I communicate effectively. I’m competing against people with more years of experience who will work for less because they are desperate for any job. I’m not desperate yet, maybe that turns employers off.


June 17th, 2010
12:19 pm

booger needs to look at who repealed the Glass-Steagle Act. And I want the Tea-Party to leave my social security check alone. Got that.


June 17th, 2010
12:52 pm

Republicans repealed, but Clinton signed it, so I guess the blame can be attributed to both parties.


June 17th, 2010
5:26 pm

How come in my part of town it hasn,t ? everyone I talk to its getting worse ? cut hours and jobs. I,d like to no where they get their info? Think there full of s#it!, go figure its getting close to election time huh? vote for your tea parties come november.


June 17th, 2010
5:43 pm

Oh lord,yea steve I want to work for a union to just like jimmy! go back to jersey fool, one thing I do know is thats one congregation I will piss on if you come this way, georgia would be better off without you for sure crooked z ! slave boy city.


June 17th, 2010
5:59 pm


You are correct. That’s why it is important to continue filing UE so the correct numbers (translated…people) are counted.


June 17th, 2010
9:57 pm

When Obama lets the Bush tax cuts expire on 1/01/11, the economy will slide into a double-dip recession.

As Arthur Laffer wrote in his recent WSJ article: “The result will be a crash in tax receipts once the surge is past. If you thought deficits and unemployment have been bad lately, you ain’t seen nothing yet. ”

Those of you who think tax policy doesn’t affect human behavior will soon get yet another lesson.

And you still won’t learn….

When candidate Obama said that America is the greatest country in the world and that he wanted to change it, he meant every word.


July 22nd, 2010
11:09 am

RGB, I’m glad you and Arthur have a crystal ball; but too bad it’s covered in crap. If Bush’s tax cuts are extended, the deficit could just as likely get worse due to higher interest rates.
The only solution is to control spending. Which both Democrats and Republicans have been epic failures at. But you go ahead and keep being scared of Obama.