Ga. jobless rate drops to 10% as discouraged workers give up search

Georgia’s unemployment rate dropped slightly to 10 percent in June as thousands of discouraged workers gave up their search after months of failing to find jobs, the state labor department said Thursday.

“Georgia’s job market is showing signs of renewed deterioration,” state Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said in a statement.  “A sharp increase in the number of discouraged workers, rising long-term unemployment, increased new layoffs, and anemic job growth suggests that the fledgling economic recovery may be losing steam.”

The decline in the unemployment rate from 10.1 percent in May occurred largely because Georgia’s labor force shrunk by 17,953 in June, as long-term unemployed workers lost hope for finding new jobs, the labor department said. This is the largest monthly decline since May 2001.

The number of payroll jobs in June decreased two-tenths of a percentage point from May. And the number of jobs remains 1.3 percent less than in June 2009, the labor department said.

In June, there were 230,000 long-term unemployed Georgians — those who have been out of work for 27 weeks or longer. This represents an increase of 117 percent from a year ago. The long-term unemployed now account for 49 percent of the 469,022 jobless workers in Georgia, the labor department said.

A total of 64,794 laid-off workers filed initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits in June — an increase of 11.9 percent from May.

This is the 33rd consecutive month Georgia’s jobless rate  has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is now 9.5 percent.

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A PALIN SUPPORTER

July 15th, 2010
5:27 am

FOR ALL YOU OBAMA koolaid drinkers….& supporters….How’s that HOPE..& CHANGE coming for you.????? Huhhhhhh????

A PALIN SUPPORTER

July 15th, 2010
5:27 am

FOR ALL YOU OBAMA koolaid drinkers….& supporters….How’s that HOPE..& CHANGE coming for you.????? Huhhhhhh????

A PALIN SUPPORTER

July 15th, 2010
5:29 am

OBAMA’s policies are deliberately killing the free market…to all you KOOLAID drinkers…wake up…& smell socialism…say socialism

David

July 15th, 2010
5:48 am

I’ve been self employed for over 5 years, this is the first time I’ve had no work coming in! All the businesses I’ve dealt with have cut back or shut down. I don’t file for unemployment so my status is not checked. And I don’t see any improvement in the future. Some change Obama, go stimulate your self.

An Obama Supporter

July 15th, 2010
5:49 am

If all you Republicans would quit fighting,blocking and hating everything that Obama tries to do for your worthless butts, maybe, just maybe we would be in better shape today. You idiots were in there for 8 years, that’s when the decline started. We didn’t hear any complaining then!

rid0617

July 15th, 2010
5:53 am

Obama supporter, come up with a new whine. You folks were blaming the Republicans for blocking everything even when you had the super majority. What was your excuse then? Too busy trying to ram health care down our throats to notice the country was going in the crapper. What happened to if you pass my stimulus the unemployment won’t go over 8%? And no I’m not a Rethuglican. I have no use for any politician because there is a guaranteed way to know when they are lying. Their mouth is moving.

sam

July 15th, 2010
6:00 am

Why wasn’t anyone criticizing Bush when the economy started to deteriorate under his watch?? By the time Obama took hold, the economy was already a basket case. This is what happens when for 8 years, you spend trillions on a war in Iraq, a country that had nothing to do with 9/11, had no WMDs or any links to Al Qaeda. I thought we went into war in Iraq because they had WMDs. Now, it’s Iraqi Freedom. What a crock. I’m amazed how many people buy Bush’s crap. He is a snake oil salesman and he really pulled one over on everyone. How come we’re only focusing on Afghanistan now that Bush is out of office? Bush had 8 years to do something about Afghanistan but he did nothing. Instead he only cared about getting the oil from Iraq and going after Saddamn. The end result is a huge budget deficit and an economy that’s a basket case thanks to Bush.

[...] Ga. jobless rate falls to 10% as discouraged workers give up search [...]

Grumpy

July 15th, 2010
6:09 am

We would still have a recession, even if we hadn’t spent a single penny on Iraq. Both parties allowed it to happen, and neither party is willing to make hard choices to get us out.

bobfromcanton

July 15th, 2010
6:09 am

So, no one seems to remember that the Dems were installed in power in 2006!!!!!!!!!!! Seems they are the ones that produce the budget, aren’t they???? Try to reason your way out of that one Dems.

David

July 15th, 2010
6:18 am

What the heck is wrong with you people? All looking for who to blame and playing into the politics is a waste of time. The politicians have jobs. We the people don’t! Yea, Bush regime blew the budget playing in the desert, his party lost. The new Prez is still playing in the desert, enough. No invading country has ever solved anything there in over 2000 years. The last big power (Russia) went bankrupt play out there. Enough spending for nothing, people need jobs to pay for this folly! What good is crying about what has happened at this point? Didn’t anybody pay attention during history class? If the government spends our money, it should be for employment not stimulus packages. FDR built roads.

Steve

July 15th, 2010
6:26 am

@Sam….
feel better now fter your anti-Bush rant? Go have another drink of the PerezBO Kool-aid, you idiot.

fitzgerald

July 15th, 2010
6:31 am

Folks, things are going to get worse before they get better in, hopefully, 5 years or more. Taxes will increase come 2011, housing continues to be in the ditch, wars continue, government control way out of control, etc. I can go on and on and on and on and on……………………..

Recovery

July 15th, 2010
6:31 am

The rest of the country is recovering, why not Georgia?. They should just end unemployment payments and force these lazy southerners to get jobs.

Dan Deacon

July 15th, 2010
6:44 am

When will the democrats EVER…will they ever, come to understand that lower taxes for individuals improves the economy by stimulating businesses to start up, expand and increase staffing. This decreases unemployment and increases sales (throughout the country) which actually increases the dollar amount of taxes the government yields. As long as taxes are high, businesses are lethargic and stagnant causing unemployment and reduced tax revenues.

Do you think that now you democrats can understand the logic here? I doubt it, even though it’s put in a spoon and fed to you in a way that you should understand.

Thurmond has done a terrible job as labor commissioner. Can you just imagine what his excuse would be as governor? What a joke of a candidate – of course that’s evident by his ignorance and support of obama.

Gus

July 15th, 2010
6:45 am

The real problem is two wars and the tax cuts which were not paid for. Bush was left with a 300 billion surplus and handed Obama a 1.3 trillion deficit which resulted in 8 million job lossses. For 8 years everything was put on a credit card. Offset unemployment with the expiring tax cuts.

Oh No He Di Ent

July 15th, 2010
6:46 am

To Obama Supporter – “Obama tries to do for your worthless butts” – REALLY? Worthless butts!? For the last 8 years I’ve had the privilege of paying taxes in excess of $100,000. So, for the last 8 plus years as the social security checks, medicare checks, food stamps, and other government ‘ENTITLEMENT” programs paid out checks to those in need and to those who just chose not to, my “WORTHLESS” butt was signing those checks.

12 months ago I was down sized (with 4 years to go to retirement and my 401K cut in half). The good news is this year when I go to file my taxes my “worthless butt” won’t have to sign checks for you and your “OBots”. That $47,000 of federal debt owed by each legal US resident will continue to increase unchecked as more and more entitlement programs under the Obama administration continue to illegally redistribute the wealth. Well here’s one golden goose who has no more eggs left to steal!

Gus

July 15th, 2010
6:56 am

If lower taxes decreases unemployment where are the jobs. Companies kept the money and outsourced the jobs overseas.

You

July 15th, 2010
7:03 am

Georgia’s economy is in the sorry state that it is because it doesn’t have a diversified economic base. It relied heavily on construction, real estate, and banking. The banking industry here made the most high risk loans than anywhere else in the nation. As a result, Georgia has had more bank failures than anywhere in the country. The problem here is that in the last eight years leaders in Gold Dome downtown failed to plan for economic future, which includes now. Georgia’s failing to plan failed the people of Georgia.

republican hero

July 15th, 2010
7:05 am

A Republican leaning newspaper and a Republican Labor Commissioner report bad news on the job front? Wonder who’s agenda they’re promoting?
For good or bad, at least Obama is trying to do something to help America. Unlike Bush who only did things to help his already rich cronies.
But that doesn’t matter because Congress is going to help whatever interest group is lining their pockets.
For you people who keep whining about Obama, wake up. Big business put us in this situation (see Wall Street and BP for starters). Stop drinking the tea party and conservative media kool-aid and think for yourselves, dittoheads.

neal

July 15th, 2010
7:06 am

@Oh No He Di Ent………..amen brother, at 43 y/old and have worked since 15 without a break – with my “income” going up every year….and my blood runs hot every year at tax time when i see clowns talking about “what they got back” while i sweat getting the additional monies that seem to be owed the IRS every year (thanks to my good fortune). The “underpayment penalties” are a nice one…..because I didn’t let them suck their taxes out of me faster.

fingers crossed for you that you land on your feet.

So Sad?

July 15th, 2010
7:07 am

Why are you guys fighting over who started this B/S! It’s easily can be traced to Bush, but the people elected Obama to fix it. And so far, nothing…………… Always Hope, but still no Change!!

Doug

July 15th, 2010
7:11 am

It’s very sad that America has changed as much as it has, but the change is going to be permanent, so it’s time for people to accept their new, lower-paying jobs. I say we should end unemployment benefits, so folks will finally be forced to accept our new economic reality. No American citizens have yet come by asking to clean my house (lots of illegal immigrants have, and all of my Republican, illegal-immigrant-hating neighbors have hired them), so things CAN’T be all that desperate yet, right?!

Hopeful southerner

July 15th, 2010
7:19 am

It ireally is very simple folks. Neither party has the strength of will to cut federal spending and make the announcement that hey we screwed up by saying that everyone should own their own houses and encouraging lax lending practices. When we as Americans wake-up and realize that we have no-one to blame but ourselves than maybe we can dig our way out of this mess. In the meantime, we are perpetuating the cycle by not holding our elected officials accountable and refusing to acknowledge that just because our Senators and Representatives may get money for our local officials in the form of pork barrel legislation they are killing the future of a strong America. Wake up folks. The government has begun taking control of every portion of our economy and is succeeding in perpetuating the cycle by making people feel like they can’t make it without government help. What happened to the American work ethic and ingenuity that past generations had? The government red tape has killed entrepreneurs in this country and government social programs intended to help people get back on their feet has instead led to people relying on their government check. I am only 33 years old and I work for a consultanting company that works on state projects. The red tape and fear by government employees that they are accountable for their decisions leads to no decisions ever being made in a timely manner and a huge waste of tax dollars. If state agencies can’t even be run efficiently I can only imagine the problems in the federal government. For God sakes, they can’t even seem to allow new technologies to be tried in stopping the oil spill, or aiding in the cleanup, as a result of all of the agencies that have to review the plans rather than allowing one point agency be responsible for everything. All I know is that it is sad to be 33 years old in America and have absolutely no confidence in our own government to be able to do the right thing.

Karen

July 15th, 2010
7:20 am

As if Sarah Palin can create jobs….

Anyone with half a brain knows that no president, no administration can change the economy. Sometimes presidents are lucky and have the economic wind at their back. And sometimes they are unlucky and have recessions in their face.

Voting in Palin or Obama or anyone else cannot change global economic forces.

David

July 15th, 2010
7:21 am

Repeating talking points and hurling 3rd grade insults at people with different viewpoints never solved anything. Is it any wonder America is in the shape it’s in when comments like these is what passes for debate?

Until both liberals and conservatives learn to act like adults, respect alterate viewpoints and strive to reach common ground, this nation’s slide into oblivion will only accelerate. If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. That goes for both sides.

JimBo

July 15th, 2010
7:22 am

Last time I checked, Congress created the budget, not the President, so it’s neither Bush’s or Obama’s fault. Having had first hand knowledge of how the budget is composed (as in helped draft it in 2004), I can tell you that the most senior congressmen get everything they want, regardless of cost. New congressmen get what’s left over. While the party in charge finalizes the budget, the minority party has a ton of input on how “their share” is divided.

That being said, it’s time for both parties and all of you partisans to get off you high horses and do something about it — November is coming fast, so take advantage of that time and actually vote for a candidate (regardless of party) who puts the people first.

dj in Atlanta

July 15th, 2010
7:25 am

The AJC a republican leaning paper??? LOFAO!! That is the funniest thing I have heard in 2 years!

[...] Henry Unger’s Biz Beat blog at the AJC: “Georgia’s job market is showing signs of renewed deterioration,” state Labor [...]

Marko

July 15th, 2010
7:30 am

Karen, true no President can change the economy.

But a President can create an atmosphere where businesses are not stifled by new taxes and new regulations. That encourages optimism in future business profits which often leads to new jobs. Mr. Hope and Change has pretty much destroyed all Hope in future profits for business owners.

Corey

July 15th, 2010
7:31 am

At least we don’t have another great depression.

poor house

July 15th, 2010
7:32 am

I thought obama’s economic gurus said the recession “was over” and the stimulus was generating “millions of new jobs.” What happened?

Greg

July 15th, 2010
7:33 am

The government has thousands of available jobs. Good luck getting one though, the only way to get one is if you know somebody on the inside – forget about applying online, the way it is setup is to discourage anyone from applying and you will be rejected regardless of how much experience you have.

Montell H

July 15th, 2010
7:35 am

These problems were all caused by bush and cheney and the other rich republicans trying to help themselves and keep the poor people down. the government needs to keep the unemployment benefits going for another 2 years and raise the benefits—I can’t pay all my bills on the little money I get from unemployment.

Kathy

July 15th, 2010
7:39 am

For one…….I havent gave up looking for a job……I have a home to pay for and a car…and the basic to live…Yes, they have cut off my unemployment….I have no money for my house note or my car note…The bank will hear from me soon….I have spent all of my 401k and my savings…I dont even have grocery money for this week…..I am now waiting on the ax….eating sandwiches every day is getting old….but I do whatever I can to hang on to what I got…I sold all that I could…still I havent asked for one government cent…..my car and house is half way paid for…both have dropped in value…It’s now I owe more than both or worth…..I got to ask myself….what am I going to do now….this is coming from a single income women….I have no where else to turn but hope and pray it will get better…….SO DONT SAY PEOPLE HAVE GAVE UP…..when I lose my car and home…and my tools for searching a job THAN I WILL HAVE TO GIVE UP…..

Kym

July 15th, 2010
7:40 am

Errr Dan Deacon..you do know that Thurbert Baker and Michael Thurmond are two different people. Baker is running for governor…not Thurmond.

tim

July 15th, 2010
7:43 am

Where are the jobs?

Keith Mercer

July 15th, 2010
7:44 am

I have been at my job for 26 years and I make over $150,000 per year, and I have worked both weekends and holidays. I have taken advantage of every opportunity to further my education and improve and sharpen my skills. There is no problem with the economy, there are a lot of jobs out there if you have the skills. If you are lazy and uneducated of course you are not going to find a job. I am doing just fine.

chef

July 15th, 2010
7:54 am

It’s funny…or is this sad, that you see people going on about Obama this, Obama that. I voted for Obama; am I happy about the progress of his Admin. so far? NO. Was I happy about the wholesale slaughter of our economy by Bush? NO. Finger pointing does nothing to solve any of this. The people voted for a change, we got one, or none really, Same deficit spending as Bush, with no good outcome. I don’t see much change in the reality of Washington under either party. I worked “inside the beltway”, saw first hand daily how it works, only “big business” has any sway.
Next election cycle will be time for another change…..maybe. Be careful what you wish for, ask any of us who lived and worked in Alaska about Palin, two best descriptors; corrupt and liar.
Tea Baggers? An interesting coalition of Libertarians to heavily armed neo-nazi groups. I doubt that, in my remaining lifetime ( 20+ yrs ) that I will see any difintive change that will directly benefit me as a tax paying citizen.
Real change will only occur after all the lobbying and insider dealing is exposed for the payola that it is, and then maybe…maybe, the people can be fairly represented and an agenda to keep the american people prosperous, be fufilled.
I owned 2 businesses in Florida destroyed by Hurricains, think my tax dollars I paid into FEMA came back to me? NO. I was “small” business. If you haven’t had your own personal experience with how our government helps or really hinders small business and the average American family ( regardless of party in power ) try it out and see, and then come back and make informed comments on how any yaahoo in DC is going to benefit us. Remeber, if the largest portion of the tax base has money to spend, the rest will fall into place.
BTW…those of you bemoaning unemployment insurance…I was unemployed for 2 years through no fault of my own. It provided just enough to keep me from being homeless, thats it. Call that excessive? I was living in a garage that I could afford to rent. Some programs are there as a saftey net, they have a time limit, just for that reason. Live and learn, it will make you a more informed person.

BO U

July 15th, 2010
7:56 am

The economy is turning around inept folks…its left up to the owners of the business to hire…but they want all money for their own.It took 8 YEARS to get in this mess and it will take that long to get out!!!So think before you open those uneducated traps

khc

July 15th, 2010
7:56 am

kym, don’t you just love the rethugs like dd who don’t know their arses from a whole in the ground….over the last decade the rich have gotten richer like that blanktard of wall st yet these dumb arse repubs rail against the prez who inherited the biggest bag of dung imaginable….kyl says tax cuts don’t have to be paid for…but you can kick the unemployed in the gut….why is ga lagging in recovery….dumb arse repubs in charge…perdue like most repubs made sure he made out while on west paces….his cfo and ceo were bankers….enought said….yes the prez should have made the economy job one, but as long as china manipulates its currency and has slave labor the us will be hard pressed to compete…they had 11% growth in gdp….. the rpub party of boner, barton, vitter, bachman and palin….good grief

A. Knight

July 15th, 2010
7:56 am

Republican hero – You one misinformed poster. Georgia’s Labor Commissioner, Micahel Thurmond, is a huge Democrat and Obama supporter. That is a plain and simple fact.

The statement that the AJC is Republican leaning, is comical, but more a matter of opinion.

Tthe only reason I read this article, was because I was fairly shocked that anything that might be construed as criticism about how the economy is being handled would be coming from Thurmond’s office.

The fact is that the Obama administration focused over a year on health reform and virtually ignored the economy.

WitchHazel

July 15th, 2010
8:03 am

sam you are crazy. Why do you think the Democrats won in 2006 congressional elections and Obama won the presidency in 2008. Some people are just plain S$#@@@@d!! People still blame Republicans but this is Obama’s fault. The stimulus did nothing and now this is the first time in HISTORY an administration has created a category of JOBS SAVED and not used actual job statistics in their propaganda. OBAMA IS A FRAUD, FAKE, FOOL, and he fool the american people however he can fool them now. Now this guy is asking Bill Clinton for help on the job front.

Democrats have the house and senate so Obama lovers, stop blaming REPUBLICANS you sound crazy.

Democrats, its so bad not a senate seat that Ted Kennedy and the Democrats held for over35 years, in a state that is majority Democratic, loss to a Republican because they do not like the policies of Democrats and OBAMA. GET OVER YOU BLAME GAME and look at your SAVIOR OBAMA, HE IS A FRAUD.

WitchHazel

July 15th, 2010
8:09 am

Chef you are just plain stupid. Teabaggers is a racial slur for US patriots and your ideology is why Obama was elected. He wanted change and does not care for the America people. He said he would concentrate on jobs and push his OBAMACARE over the objection of the America people. He push his jobs agenda (sic) and is fighting for cap and trade and financial overhaul. He is not looking to create more jobs, he is looking to push his radical agenda. Companies are sitting on Billions of dollars and not hiring because of the uncertainty of the president this is the fact.

Just the facts

July 15th, 2010
8:11 am

Remember when the economy was tanking and BUSH STATED THAT WE WERE NOT IN A RECESSION!!!

He was blind and didn’t care.

Pathetic

July 15th, 2010
8:13 am

@ The Dogfighter Returns – to a hateful racist like you, I’m sure they do!

The Dogfighter Returns

July 15th, 2010
8:13 am

Witchhazel you certainly b*tch a lot.

Do you have any solutions? Tell me how you believe the government can create more jobs? Please I don’t want to hear anything about tax cuts for businesses. :)

Time4Change

July 15th, 2010
8:14 am

Vote them all out this November. Demand the new elected officials to run the government properly or they too will be voted out. We have no one to blame but ourselves. I for one will not vote for a single incumbent; regardless of how well they are doing. Time for real change!

scooter

July 15th, 2010
8:17 am

They hate us for our freedom-fries…

blackprix

July 15th, 2010
8:17 am

Republicans … you do not have a leg to stand on when it comes to the status of our Economy!!

Bush had NO domestic agenda during his entire 8 years in office. He was focused on Iraq an occupation of a nation fillled with lies and distortions as to why we went there!!!!!

I’m sick of you Pubs blaming a President who voted against Iraq and took over this debacle froma MORON!!!!!!!

You all voted for Bush, you’re the ones who should be ashamed of yourselves!

ANY President who took over after 8 years if Bush destruction was going to have a tough time. McCain would have killed us by now … the ticking time bomb that he is and with NO new ideas!! God for bid he became President.

I don’t see any Pubs on here giving their ideas … why BECAUSE YOU ALL HAVE NONE! All these Republican Senators and Congressmen give nothing to how things can be turned around or made better. Just like Bush and his entourage, ALL EMPTY BASKETS!

The GOP is old and stagnent and without direction or leadership … so what’s new!!