Metro Atlanta’s jobless rate rises slightly to 9.9 percent

Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate rose to 9.9 percent in May — up from a revised 9.8 percent in April, the state labor department reported Thursday.

The number of unemployed workers in the metro area increased by 3,113 to reach 262,571, the labor department said. A year ago, the jobless rate was 9.2 percent.

“We will not see a significant improvement in Georgia’s job market until small businesses begin hiring, which will lay a solid foundation for a sustainable economic recovery,” Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said in a statement.

Last week, the labor department reported that Georgia’s jobless rate fell to 10.2 percent in May, from 10.3 percent in April. It was the 32nd consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is now 9.7 percent.

On the positive side, the number of jobs in metro Atlanta increased  for the fourth consecutive month. There were 2,272,800 payroll jobs in May — an increase of 0.7 percent from April.

Also in May, 15.1 percent fewer workers in metro Atlanta filed initial claims for unemployment insurance than a year ago. Most of the first-time claims were filed in wholesale and retail trade, manufacturing, construction and administrative services, the labor department said.

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ohmy

June 24th, 2010
5:37 am

its over 10% in reality. id venture to say 12-14%

[...] Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate rises to 9.9 percent [...]

Bruce 53

June 24th, 2010
6:16 am

I think if I was young enough I would go in the military. Health care would darn sure be cheaper I can’t think of one sector that wasn’t affected by legal or illegal immigration. No other modern
country in the world treats it’s workers as poorly as this country. 65% GNP is produced by about
6 banks ! I heard yesterday that next year China will surpass us in manufacturing. PLEASE. They
probably passed us 10 years ago. Scoop oil ?

bruce is a troll

June 24th, 2010
7:21 am

“No other modern country in the world treats it’s workers as poorly as this country”

you have no idea what you are talking about. And who do you consider ‘modern contries’. If it is European countries, well that artifically high, quasi-socialist standard of living is the reason they have a soverign debt crisis. They were living off debt even more than the U.S. Maybe you mean central and south american countries. If thats the case, you need to actually visit a few. The majority of people in most of those countries live well below the U.S. standard of living. Maybe you mean African countries; if so you are just stupid. Maybe you mean Asian countries? I have seen the conscription slaves in china with my own eyes and tried to help a few buy their freedom. Maybe India, if you don’t care about clean water. There are a few places in the world that have standards of living similar to the U.S., but they have their own problems to. The mirage is people like you see 5% of the population in some foreign country living good, and you think that means that country has a high standard of living. Look at the middle 50% of a country and you will see the real standard of living.

bruce is a troll

June 24th, 2010
7:21 am

joe joe

June 24th, 2010
7:35 am

Uh, Mr Labor Commissioner, small businesses will not start hiring again until taxes are lowered all across the board.
You & your ilk are the ones laying it to us. Get your boots off of our neck.
The old line is “If you want to see an increase in activity you lower taxes, which increases hiring & spending & increases revenues to the govt.
“If you want to decrease an activity you raise taxes which lessens hiring & lessens spending activity & revenues to the govt. It’s not rocket science.

confussedd

June 24th, 2010
7:36 am

Have seen some help wanted signs in storefronts. Taking a part time job is not desirable when you get more on unemployment and it seems to keep getting extended forever.

Buzz G

June 24th, 2010
7:42 am

I wish they would get honest with these figures. They don’t count as unemployed those who have been unemployed for a long time. That’s stupid.

Also, if they sent the illegal aliens back to whatever country they are from, there would be sufficient number of jobs for all. And don’t say that illegals hold jobs that Americans don’t want. Americans do want those jobs. We might require a bit more pay and decent working conditions. But if I have to pay a bit more for a new roof or a chicken sandwich, then so be it.

Mike Harrison

June 24th, 2010
7:56 am

It is soooo hard finding unemployment. Forget all this talk about the economy. Even when the economy was good I had trouble. Darling, it is not the market it is the Capitalistic system. We need socialism and communism to survive. All capitalism does is create job insecurity and the wealth among Americans and others is distributed unequally. The way we look for jobs is soooo backwards. We’re expected to spend 40 hours looking for job even getting up to dress the part in front of our computers or we have to deal inadequate temp services. Oh, and don’t let me talk about job fairs. I recall one where I asked a HR person from Waffle House about their management trainee and this dingbat didn’t know the answer. I then asked bluntly, “why are you here?” She turned to a man, a burly man, for help and he gave me a blanket answer about the job. I looked at them both and said, “If I were the CEO of Waffle House, you two will be standing next to me looking for a job.” And with all my strength from knocking over the stacks of papers, bowl of peppermints, I stormed off.
Long story short, unemployment is part of the circular system of the economy. The economy has never been in a straight line, well maybe before credit was created. And Credit sucks. And the nerves of some employers to do credit checks. Could you imagine Enron doing a credit check? Time for us Americans to create small businesses or demand better employment training programs. The programs Clinton, Bush, and now Obama have created are not cutting it.

G.P.Burdell

June 24th, 2010
8:13 am

“We might require a bit more pay and decent working conditions.”

@Buzz G. This is exactly why some companies are hiring illegals. Why would these companies want to spend more when they can easily grab someone off the street who’s willing to work for less? Not to mention illegals don’t want benefits like health insurance and retirement plans.

And if you think they can raise prices for their products to offset the costs of hiring Americans, I don’t see why they can’t raise prices, hire illegals, and call whatever they make profits instead of investing in expensive American workers.

If companies don’t hire illegals, there is not a single reason for them to stay here. This is why lawmakers in Arizona are just dumb.

Mishap

June 24th, 2010
8:58 am

So how exactly do we pay for two wars we’ve got now joe joe? Have we even accounted for the healthcare for the hundreds of thousands of veterans we’ve created w/ the longest war in our history? I’m all for lightening up on social programs that create too much work disincentive but an awful lot of our tax revenue is tied up in the Middle East. Taxes weren’t too high 15 years ago and as bad as they get for the upper classes today, it hasn’t erased their wealth like some massive socialist redistribution program everyone’s making it out to be. The fact that the uneven wealth distribution has grown even demonstrates that we have a regressive tax scheme that essentially allows wealth to pool only at the top. The fact that Bush cut income taxes and revenue didn’t increase shows that we weren’t on the left side of the Laffer curve and it was basically a giveaway that did little to stimulate the economy (Greenspan and Wall St. did that via the untenable real estate bubble). Go take a peek at Ireland’s unemployment and let me know if their low tax rate has helped anything.

Even if we announced world peace tomorrow along w/ cold nuclear fusion and exponentially better battery technology, the unemployment rate would skyrocket as all that money we’re pouring into Boeing, Lockheed, et al dries up. The military employs millions of between our soldiers, support infrastructure, and gov’t contracts. You could put the tax rate to zero and it’d take years for all those displaced jobs to be replaced w/ new ones that don’t require corporate welfare.

Morrus

June 24th, 2010
9:00 am

Curiously, in a supposed anti-incumbent year, most of the departing are not retiring but seeking higher office. We may recycle more than we replace. The bad news is that a frustrating 114 seats still have but one contestant. Two of them aren’t even incumbents, meaning they will affect state policy without being vetted by voters. And I have to think that we’d be better off if many had run instead for the Legislature — and cut down on the number running unopposed. Georgia’s problems are numerous. They aren’t going away. There’s too much stale thinking at the Capitol, on both sides of the aisle. New voices would be welcome.

Curious

June 24th, 2010
9:01 am

Wow, berating recruiters, knocking over papers and mint bowls,and storming off at a job fair. Can’t imagine why you’re not getting flooded with job offers right now. I’m sure there are a plethora of companies that would love to have an employee with your attitude working for them. And by the way, credit verification is an excellent way to determine the charecter of a potential employee. If your personal and financial life is a wreck, why would I think that you are going to excel professionally for me? And lastly, when you’re in an interview, and the question comes up regarding how you have handled difficult situations in the past, do you repeat your performance at the job fair, or simply tell the hiring manager to go f@#$ himself?

scott

June 24th, 2010
9:30 am

I wish I could find a job!

bankrupt nation

June 24th, 2010
9:32 am

look for the numbers to soar like the shuttle when extended benefits run out. newspapers have stopped running help wanted sections altogother to save money.and once the fed money dries up all those unemployed will have to pound the pavement looking for those non exisitent jobs

Wondering???

June 24th, 2010
9:32 am

OK – So, we have a couple of problems going on here: One is that the small businesses are not hiring. The other is that government revenue is falling. Has anyone considered the role sales on the internet have played in this mess? Why do people persist in buying on-line when they know they really aren’t usually saving any money? If everyone keeps buying on-line then how are business – both small and large – supposed to hire anyone? And when you purchase items online, often the tax is not collected, or is collected at a lower rate, and we end up having to lay off teachers and pot holes go unfilled.

Do your shopping online and then go to a local retailer to make your purchase. You help keep someone employed and you keep a tax-paying business open. Look at the shopping centers and retail strips with many open spaces….do you think those property owners are able to pay their taxes with all that empty space? What if the property owners are large pension funds and then they can’t pay they pensioners because their rent receipts are lowered?

The internet is a great place (sometimes) to get information and shop around to compare products. But making your purchase online may – might – save you a few dollars but in the long run it’s costing you and our economy much, much more. Buy locally and keep people employed!!!

The Economy

June 24th, 2010
9:44 am

It will get MUCH worse, MUCH.

B. Hussein Obama

June 24th, 2010
9:49 am

If Congress does not pass my stimulus plan unemployment will rise above 8.5%.

KC

June 24th, 2010
9:57 am

If the government says the unemployment rate is 9.9% then it is probably closer to 20% if you factor those who no longer qualify for unemployment benefits but are still unemployed and those who are off the radar (cash business), not to mention the underemployed. I expect this trend to continue and I agree that it will not turnabout until small business is able to hire again. Our government ignores small business. Why? Big corporations line our politicians pockets with money. Small businesses don’t have that kind of political clout. Federal and state governments continue to outsource non-revenue generating tasks to businesses while punishing them if they do not perform well. Our tax system also discourages income and savings and promotes spending. Until we fundamentally change the way things are done (as in revolution) I do not foresee any real change in this country. The line between big business and big government is blurring and small business (our country’s economic backbone) will continue to suffer as a result.

Jane

June 24th, 2010
10:18 am

I don’t understand when US Citizens so poor even jobless. Some people can even afford to have meal on their table. The government claims they will do something to make economic better by raising taxes. If He really mean it, why would he plays so many Golf. And do we know how much will cost “us, US Citizens” each time he play. I agree, raising tax will not resolve problem, sometime will make it worst. I really miss the real government, presidents. Don’t when America will have the real one again.

Sheshe

June 24th, 2010
11:13 am

So many talk about why wouldn’t companies hire illegals when they never complain about low pay, insurance, etc. Well, the problem with that is they are here and their offsprings ARE HERE TO STAY. Greed led these companies to work the hell out of those folks for low pay and the company in return enjoyed huge profits. But now guess what? Their children have grown up/are growing up as legal citizens and will be DAMNED to work for the meager income their parents worked for. So there you have it. The get rich now attitude of CEOs is about to turn around to the “pay the price later” stage. You all had better wake the hell up and see the long term effects. Illegals are not stupid and are VERY wise to what they are doing. And by the way, guess what? There’s too many of them here now to send back thanks to y’all’s greed!

Erk

June 24th, 2010
11:13 am

With the Bush tax cuts on capital gains and others set to expire at the end of the year along, small business owners don’t want to hire now and layoff when their tax bill rises next year. Too much uncertainty. The VAT tax is now being whispered along with cap and trade that will push up energy and other prices. Also, with the national debt rising at every blink of an eye – who wants to have to borrow money on a line of credit that may see the rates climb to excessive amounts when China quits buying worthless US notes. Nope – no additional NON GOVERNMENT jobs will be added until it becomes more stable and less emphasis on creating government jobs.

Hopey-Changey

June 24th, 2010
11:32 am

Europe rocks! The USA is full in inbred Christians…

Warrior and Mom

June 24th, 2010
11:33 am

Been unemployed for 2 1/2 years. Would like even a part time job.

Warrior and Mom

June 24th, 2010
11:36 am

Why is Sonny in Africa spreading tourism on GA Taxpayer? We layoff teachers, but Sonny Boy bumbles off to Cuba last month, and Japan last year.

GG1968

June 24th, 2010
11:59 am

Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate rose to 9.9 percent in May — up from a revised 9.8 percent in April, the state labor department reported Thursday.

And Senate Republicans are still balking at passing HR 4213. Jerks! They need to catch a clue!

GG1968

June 24th, 2010
12:00 pm

@ Warrior and Mom …

I will be so glad when Sonny Boy is out of office. Hopefully he can take Isakson & the rest of the Republicans who are up in Washington and up for re-election with him!

Michael

June 24th, 2010
12:07 pm

In a related development, thousands line up at Lenox Mall to spend disposable income or easy credit on iPhones.

Please go

June 24th, 2010
12:24 pm

Hopey changey, please check Clark Howard’s travel bargains. They are full of one way tickets to Europe. If you can, please take the community organizer with you.

ej

June 24th, 2010
12:31 pm

I know i couldn’t find a job, and afford to wait, I had to move out of state. Jobs are aplenty out of state.

Frank

June 24th, 2010
12:36 pm

Maybe it has something to do with Georgia backwood mentality which of course is being imposed by the State Government. First off all a lot of companies don’t come here anymore due to the same issue. Atlanta use to be a fast growing city but since all the old folks don’t like change and want to keep it as a “southern” regime it will get only worse.

YOUNG people thrive the market, you take away things that young people want to do than they do not want to relocate, a lot of companies go where they can see growth. For example Buckhead – It used to be the entertainment hot spot that brought people from all over the country to visit but since it became too “black” and the Buckhead Association did everything in their power to shut it down, they put a whole lot of small businesses out of business, not only the night clubs but all the other businesses that benefited from the influx of people every single day. So they replaced it with High Rise Condos that have a vacany rate of 52% some of them even lowers, some of the were never finished building. Great move!

Stop complaining, you can’t have your cake and eat it too. You want jobs but then you want to shut down businesses that provide jobs because of an “image” or “property value issues”. Well, if you live in an area that is going out of business and nobody wants to come to, the property value goes down as well.

You want lower taxes but then you want the government to help you, you don’t want big government but then you want to implement all types of laws and restrictions. Make up your mind! Either – Or – You can’t drive a car without buying the gas

Stephen

June 24th, 2010
1:25 pm

Gerald West

June 24th, 2010
1:47 pm

America is falling behind and falling apart. Rich Americans are smart enough not to invest in American industry and commerce. They put their money in hedge funds and derivatives, which are tax-favored forms of gambling. That’s why tax cuts for the rich do nothing to improve the economy but do increase government deficits and foreign trade imbalances..

Working people will bot find good jobs until investors (including government) are willing to fund competititve business ventures and infrastructure improvements. Georgia is falling way behind in investment: the state will not raise taxes to fund infrastructure and education, and business ventures aren’t attracted to a state with inferior infrastructues, inferior schools, and a shortage of skilled labor.

Craig

June 24th, 2010
2:11 pm

Quite a few of you buttheads on here complaining about the state of the nation’s economy voted for hope and change. Well, how you liking it so far? The dems have been in charge for almost 4 years now and they think tax and spend will get us out of this mess. When the assclown in the white hoouse leaves in ‘12, he will make Carter look like a damn genious. And that guy is no genious.

Gator Nation

June 24th, 2010
2:19 pm

Hey Joe Joe,

Taxes are lower now than they were during Reagan, Bush 1, and Clinton. That you conclude that small business won’t hire until taxes get lowered has no merit at all.

Stop with the Teabag anti-tax crap. It makes me sick to my stomach when people like you expect a first class country, but don’t want to pay for it. Your probably the same type of idiot that wanted a tax reduction during war-time.

Beautiful Girl

June 24th, 2010
2:27 pm

Jane are Curious are IDIOTS! It’s sad that Idiots like the two of you and others on this site, are allowed to say anything. Why not become a part of the solution instead of the problem.

Curious

June 24th, 2010
4:18 pm

Okay Beautiful Girl. What exactly would you like me to do to solve the problem of an individual who, rather than acting professionally and walking away when he didn’t get the answer he wanted, chose to make an ass of himself and then bitch because no one will give him a job? Or, do you want me to solve the problem of doing extensive and in depth background checks on potential employees to ensure that companies are hiring only the best candidates for a position? Maybe we should just get away from pesky experience and education requirements, background verification and all the other tools that employers use to make sure that they don’t waste a lot of money on hiring the wrong person. I think it would be soooo much easier on everyone if we just invited candidates in 5 at a time and just draw straws. That way, people like you and Mike would always get a fair shake.

KC

June 24th, 2010
5:18 pm

Gator Nation, You are correct. Taxes are lower for the majority however its not a matter of lower or higher taxes — its HOW we are taxed. Our tax current system punishes investment, savings and productivity and rewards spending, under-the-table dealmaking (corruption). Example: Four companies control the majority of our entire food supply and have wiped out the American farmer. Big government has entered the private sector by buying out banks, auto manufacturers and other big businesses too big to fail. You and I subsidize the “farmers” who sell us corn derivatives (which is in 90% of everything you eat and drink) Why? Because its subsidized — i.e. a guaranteed profit. So, this is also a tax (monetarily and a social tax). I have no problem with paying taxes (as in Fair Tax) but the current tax system is designed for social welfare re-distribution. Yes, Europe has this too (e.g. VAT which is NOT a fair tax) but at least they receive the benefits from it. We don’t. You can also expect greater wealth disparities until the rioting begins (this has happened many times in history). WE ARE NOW IN A PLUTOCRACY.

Until BIG business gets its hands out of our pockets (via the Feds) we can expect much worse. Our Supreme Court recently set back the clock to our nation by 80 years by allowing businesses to continue to line politician’s pockets with money. See the movie “idiocracy” to see where we are headed.

There will be the Dick Cheney’s (war profiteers), BP executives and the rest of us little people.

Flat Broke!

June 24th, 2010
6:42 pm

I’ve been on unemployment for 8 months after getting laid off from a marketing support job. I can’t even find a lot rent job at the mall working with that rif raf. Hopefully, they extend the unemployment another 6 months.