Metro Atlanta unemployment jumps to 10.3 percent

Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate shot up to 10.3 percent in June, from 9.8 percent in May, the state labor department said Thursday.

The number of unemployed workers in the metro area increased to 273,405 in June — up 12,568, the labor department reported.

“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,” state Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said in a statement.

In June, 31,434 laid off workers in metro Atlanta filed initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits — an increase of 12 percent. At the same time, the number of payroll jobs fell by 1,000 to 2,268,500.

Last week, the labor department said the state’s unemployment rate declined to 10 percent in June, from 10.1 percent  in May. It was the 33rd consecutive month Georgia’s rate has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is now 9.5 percent.

Georgia lost more jobs from June 2009 to June 2010 than any other state but California, according to the U.S. Labor Department.

“This latest federal report further emphasizes the severity of the crisis facing Georgia’s economy, as our job market shows signs of renewed deterioration,” Thurmond said.

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A PALIN SUPPORTER

July 22nd, 2010
5:24 am

WELL HENRY……look at who is buiding additions to houses…..whi is reRoofing houses…who is raking yards…more like…it is ILLEGAL workers….YOU DON’T EXPLAIN WHY…why…why unemployment is so high..

Pity

July 22nd, 2010
5:41 am

I can tell. I’m going to have relocate. I can’t find work that can support me.

Jobless

July 22nd, 2010
5:46 am

I will agree with comment above. I notice a lot of illegals are working for cash….Noticed that their employer is writing one check for cash and they divide the money out between each other…no taxes paid…..no benefits……of course they get the job….also…my unemployment check was stopped in June…I’ve been unemployed for a year……I applied for several jobs beneath me and I’ve been over qualified for every one…been working in the state of GA for 29 years and then they want to stop my check for a month….still no signs of work no where…and now that they stopped my check…I am so behind on my car note….and house note……when I do get my extension..I will be paying out a lot of late charges……also I just found out that my home value has dropped again….Good lord….I thought I heard it was getting better……..

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Paul

July 22nd, 2010
6:10 am

Jobless – why not turn this employer into the “authorities” or the same group that turned in the employers of illegals on the Court House job in Marietta? If you get no response – then contact Henry Unger or the TV stations – they would like the story.
It is good that the umemployment checks will be issued to the long term – why are the Palin supporters and the Newt supporters against that???
For what it is worth – if we see an employer paying their employees cash – without paying taxes – they should be turned in…that hurts all of us.

Jobless

July 22nd, 2010
6:28 am

@Paul….I wouldn’t think there would be enough proof….a business can write a check for cash and cash it themselves….all the authorities have to do is open their eyes…its every where…with me drawing employment I couldnt get any food stamps…but I did notice that people take there food card in the grocery store at night…buy grocery for people and sell them the grocery for half price…..it just makes me so angry that people abuse what I worked so hard for…also know they go to all the churches and get them to pay their rent and electric bill…….I cant even get that kind of help due to the fact I draw unemployment…..This world is so screwed up…..I can’t believe it…..since I’ve been laid off….I’ve noticed a whole lot of things…..THE WICKED AND TWISTED PEOPLE……..God forgive them….. I will have to make a decision by the end of this month……hope and pray it gets better…..try to keep my home of 18 years with what a little 401k I have left..(its not worth what I owe on it)..which I got to pay freakin taxes on it…..and at least get my car paid off…..or just walk off and let someone else deal with it….I’m 48 years old, single……I just dont see how I can make ends meet any more…..and dont see me at my age starting over….

Cardboard Box Shopper

July 22nd, 2010
6:29 am

Which is it? One day they say “Ooh,there’s hope.there’s a turnaround” and the next day it’s “Ooh,the fledgling recovery may be losing steam”! I wonder what the real unemployment number is.I have…um…had a small contracting business and I get seem to find a phone booth to wire.I can’t get UI and I’m waiting anyday now for Johnny SunTrust to come and help me box up my fifty years of living,put it in storage and redirect his foreclosure notices to the cardboard box on Hwy 85,Jonesboro.Oh,yeah…great wars ya got going there…very productive!

G-Lion

July 22nd, 2010
6:30 am

Paul – I think you misrepresent the truth. Palin, Newt, and their associates are not against unemployment being extended.

They ARE against government borrowing even more money to do it. Deficit spending is what got everyone – individuals and governments – into the mess we’re in right now.

Pay as you go – that’t the only sensible way. And, yes, I am one of the people that would benefit from an extension of unemployment benefits.

Jobless

July 22nd, 2010
6:42 am

People on employment has earned it….or at least……that is what I am thinking…..working in the state of GA for 29 years at least I’ve paid it in….THE HONEST WAY…..when hard working people earn a living and then it’s taken from them at no fault of their own…..and they are hungry…..they can care less where the money is coming from……its like…if your in the deep water and you’re drowning……..you can care less if a black hand, white man or a yellow man…reaches out to help…….their has got to be a time when the people need to take care of each other…..I just want it to be the right way….I cant help the fact that our country is in a mess…..I’ve paid all my taxes and have done my part…..not to mention the fact I had to borrow 80.00 from someone just to pay my car insurance….now I got to pay that back……what a life….living off borrowed money……….

Knew it

July 22nd, 2010
6:43 am

I knew the unemployment rate was going to climb. After the mass RIFs and layoffs of teachers in the metro area, they all began filing for unemployment in May and June. What a mess!

Want2Work

July 22nd, 2010
6:43 am

So much for the “Unemployment benefits are a disincentive to work.” argument. Benefits for millions of workers were cut off on June 2, yet unemployment rises?

George

July 22nd, 2010
6:50 am

We are in difficult times right now, Call this what you want, but a Depression, is a Depression, and the Government doesn’t want to admit it. I like so many have been unemployed for the past10 months and recently took a labor job. Yes, my college degree doesn’t mean crap, when there are no jobs to be had. But that’s another story for another day. When payday came around, cash was paid for my labor. When I inquired about taxes, etc, the answer was simple, do you want to come back next week or do I find someone else…I’m sorry but these are desperate times, calling for desperate measures, I took the cash, and went back on monday. Hey, I have a family to feed, thank goodness, my wife is working, and her income is able to pay the majority of the bills, provide health benefits, etc.

DMB

July 22nd, 2010
6:55 am

The only thing I’ve heard come out of the mouths of the GOP is “NO”.

My vote for them in November is going to be “NO”.

End of story.

Jobless

July 22nd, 2010
7:00 am

@George….I don’t blame you for taken the cash…..and just be glad you have other income coming in to help pay the bills…..and health care….I don’t have health care and with all the stress that I went through I had problems breathing and had to call the ambulance out to my home…..they wouldnt leave unless I went with them cause my oxygen level was low…I didnt know what a panic attack was…..but I know now…..I tried to get one of the fire department people to drive me to the hospital in my car but they refused….so I had to go in the ambulance which charge me 700.00 to take me 14 miles….giving me oxygen and the emergency room charged me 1,400.00 for two breathing treatment……Well star now calls my home and is driving me nuts…..THEY ARE SUCH A RIP OFF……just be glad you have health insurance…..this is the first time in my 47 years of not having it……

Jim Jr

July 22nd, 2010
7:00 am

To those complaing about the illegals taking jobs. The United Farm Workers asked unemployed citizens to apply for work – harvesting produce. Several thousand sent in applictions but fewer than a dozen actually showed up. Would be interestings to see if what would happen if a local landscaper was to make the same offer.

Gee, the stimulus worked great!

July 22nd, 2010
7:05 am

The administration and Congress need to go back to the drawing board and come up with another plan. It is the fault of both parties and again you can look at the “everyone deserves a home” mentality that brought us to where we are today.
Instead of stimulus, which largely helped out the banks, but not small business that creates the jobs, how about incentives for business? Maybe then the tax digest will rise and things might finally start to improve. I agree with George, I think we are beyond a recession….I think this is a full blown depression.

Enough already!

July 22nd, 2010
7:07 am

This is crazy!

WE NEED JOBS!!!!

What is the City of Atlanta doing to attract HIGH paying jobs?

Everyday the AJC tells us about doom and gloom in Georgia – we never hear anything POSITIVE – about the economy in Atlanta.

From 34 % home forclosures to rising job loses……it sounds like ATLANTA is becoming another Detroit or Gary, Indiana!!!!

I’d like to see a story about the top 5 cities that are moving away from the recession….what cities are performing better than Atlanta??

I heard D.C. and Austin, TX are producing jobs…

obumma

July 22nd, 2010
7:12 am

Hope and Change!!!

Jobless

July 22nd, 2010
7:16 am

@Jim Jr…..I need more than a fruit pickers pay to pay my bills with my real name and address…..I am a citizen of the US and I have to pay taxes and keep my car legal……at least they can run a back ground check on me

Our entire country is becoming Detroit

July 22nd, 2010
7:22 am

Look folks, illegal immigrants didn’t destroy our economy, they are one of the few demographics that can help our economy grow. Sorry right-wingers, but that’s the truth. The success of our economy is predicated on increasing sales/profits. Our internal population is not growing, our growth has been and will be on the backs of illegal immigrants. Big business and our politicians know this, that’s why congress hasn’t taken action.

Isakson and Chambliss may say they are oppossed to illegal immigration but they have never done anything to deter it. They both get large campaign contributions from companies that directly benefit from the current flow of cheap labor from central and south America.

stop making excuses

July 22nd, 2010
7:25 am

for those that search for excuses as to why you have not done well during the recession, look no further than what’s before you in the mirror. and please, the Palin supporters, W-T-F, you sound like Democrats, whining and complaining b/c all the illegals took the coveted jobs of wacking off grass, cleaning grease off plates, and flipping burgers,,,, what!!! these are the jobs you lost??? i don’t think so, and if you did, then your a loser!

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Mary

July 22nd, 2010
7:35 am

Jobless..don’t give up and yes I see so much that we have paid for as Americans all our life and never needed and now when we need it, there are others from other countries getting it all, they have learned where to go to get all the freebies and all the state benefits. The Salvation Army will help you once if you need it and yes call your churches in your area they will help you too, I know our church does for a one time help but I will tell you after that they will only give you food, because they know there are so many out there that should not be getting it month after month. If you are a member there they will help you extended, but there are a few requirements to get that. I have a $1.23 this morning and have two little children, we have been unemployed off and on since 08 and nothing is changing, our house has dropped $160K and they are sticking us w/ all the fees that will never come off. My friend got hers modified and did not even need too until now. Started a year ago and got it a couple of months ago. We can’t even get what you saw on TV a few weeks ago because we have no income coming it at all. At this point we are just sitting and waiting for the next big change in our life..Try to keep your chin up..

Happy Girl

July 22nd, 2010
7:36 am

@Harry Reid it was a mess before Obama so who do you blame probably the one you put in office before Obama. Have A Great DAY!

Marko

July 22nd, 2010
7:37 am

But what will happen is eventually the employer who pays employees in cash will want to deduct those wages from a tax return to reduce the profit the employer pays taxes on. If auditted, the employer will be faced with either losing the deuction or repoerting those he paid cash to. So don’t assume you are safe working for cash, because you know they will roll over on you rather than pay even more tax.

Paul

July 22nd, 2010
7:38 am

stop making excuses—My employees that “whak off grass” bring home $500-$600 per week AFTER TAXES. I take offense to you calling us hard working people losers…I think you are an arrogant moron… how bout that? I gotta go to work now so I can pay for all you lazy effers mortgages.

Frustrated in 2010

July 22nd, 2010
7:38 am

I am in a similar situation as others. Un-employed for the best part of a year. My old employer called me back for 7 weeks then closed the company. Just enough time to make the un-employment claims people go berserk. Thank goodness for COBRA and the President making my former company pay for most of it, so health insurance is only a $120 a month. But car payment, insurance, condo payment, insurance, lights (A/C), gas, HOA dues and car repairs are killing me on $355 a week. Then, I call my mortgage company for some help (CHASE) and I get someone who can’t pronounce my last name AND has to get permission from thier supervisor to hang up as I would not until I got some help, or at least answers. They got permission and hung up. After 15 days of calls, I got some one who told me my Ginnie Mae loan was not covered under the loan modification plan but if I went 30 days late on my mortgage, then they could defer payments for 90 days. It makes no sense to me……..

TH

July 22nd, 2010
7:39 am

I agree with “stop making excuses” It is tough, but there are opportunities. Get creative and go find them.

Mary

July 22nd, 2010
7:40 am

@ Stop making excuses..wow…Why don’t you move to Mexico and give up your job then and maybe someone on this board can have it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Doesn’t matter what job they lost the fact is that they did and they want a job and now can’t get one at all. We tried to go around cutting yards, painting, me cleaning houses and they all said we have that covered and we the people come to do the work, what do you see??? You must have some that you support.

Jobless

July 22nd, 2010
7:40 am

@stop making excuses……..those are the jobs I had to pay for my education before I had my family…….I didnt have a student loan back in the day…..I am not making excuses….as to why I am not working…..and now I am overqualified for those jobs…..and they will not hire me….they claim that after they train me that I might leave for a better paying job…….guess what? They are right……..

Mary

July 22nd, 2010
7:41 am

@TH..Like what, you can’t get a loan from a bank, everyone is trying to get something for nothing..What opportunity would you like to share? You have to employed!!!!

rww

July 22nd, 2010
7:44 am

The issue I have is if you were to even get hired by a “landscaper” or a labor company, they pay so low it is better to stay on UI and look for a better paying job. I used to be an operations manager for a landscape company and I have applied for manager jobs being offered with landscapers and guess what? NO REPLY. They dont want to pay the money.They would rather pay the “cans” on the corner than someone like me.

The Labor Guy

July 22nd, 2010
7:44 am

Some folks just kill me with their “I’m too good for that job” mentality. If your butt is UNEMPLOYED, have bills to pay, and mouths to feed – NO JOB should be BENEATH you. It’s called SURVIVAL!

Motocross Survivor

July 22nd, 2010
7:45 am

I’m against illegals coming in and ignoring our immigration laws, but tell me, how many of you complaining about illegals working here actually rake leaves, and trim hedges for a living? You will say ‘yeah but they are not paying taxes’ that support programs they themselves use and that’s true, but then again, many Americans have seen how many countless millions and millions of tax dollars are wasted on special interests and self-servers in power and naturally don’t feel to sorry about not seeing taxes being paid by so many. I guess it’s another case of what goes around comes around.

Mary

July 22nd, 2010
7:46 am

@ Frustrated in 2010, don’t give up on your mortgage company?? Sad to say they will not deal w/you unless you are late, but keep asking to speak w/someone in America they will eventually do it because they have to, make sure to call in the daytime, research onthe web for that organization that was here a few weeks ago helping people from all over the US. NAACA I think is the name. Good luck, but don’t be afraid they don’t want your house but you will end up w/ a lot of headache trying to work it out. Those that did not need workouts got them so you should try too…Good Luck

Mary

July 22nd, 2010
7:50 am

Hey guys go and ask the landscapers and the maid services and the construction services to hire you for cash and then you can keep your UI benefits and still come out a little ahead, maybe all the unemployed Americans should start sitting where the illegals sit and see if someone will pick them up for the day and work. And NO I am not to good to do anything you should have seen the FLITH I cleaned out of someones house the other day and the yards and the furniture I have moved and I am a woman…SO NO I am NOT an American looking for a handout I just want a job for the EDUCATION that I paid for that everyone said we needed to survive in AMERICAN, now I have an education and can’t get a job because I am OVER qualified to answer the phones, file etc….

Rick

July 22nd, 2010
7:54 am

Illegal aliens work in the cash economy and don’t pay their share of taxes. Even if they did, the US has lost millions of jobs that are never coming back! Those jobs will be done in other low wage countries. Illegal aliens sent money to their home countries, money that should stay in the US and support the local economies. Illegal aliens and their kids get welfare benefits as a result of their anchor babies and they live in Section 9 housing subsidized by our taxes…again as a result of their anchor babies. We pay $10,000 each year for each kid to educate them in our local schools and many counties have had to build additional schools on our dime.

A recent study found that illegal aliens cost US taxpayers $102 billion each year. Some complained because it included costs for anchor babies who may be US citizens (like to see that go to the Supreme Court), but those anchor babies wouldn’t be living here if their parents were back in their home countries.

Why are the Democrats trying to legalize 20 million illegal aliens when 15 million or more US citizens are out of work or underemployed? Some of these politicians are putting the interests of illegal aliens before the those of US citizens and legal residents!

Rick

July 22nd, 2010
7:56 am

Some of the work that US citizens won’t do can be explained by the wages being offered (the reason illegals work those jobs and live in subsidized housing). If a job can’t get workers to apply…then they have to raise the wages for that job or that business model is not workable in the US without using illegal labor

In the same boat

July 22nd, 2010
7:56 am

@Jobless,

I have heard the same thing while interviewing. If you are hired, once the job market picks up you will be gone. It may be true, but attrition happens in jobs all of the time for a whole host of reasons. There is no guarantee that anyone will be at the job they are working right now. People get promoted within companies too, do businesses not bring people on and reward them for a job well done by promoting them? Do other employees quit for jobs elsewhere? They do. I’ll take the job, but as stated I want to build a career with a business. Training and money gets put into an employee, an employee gives the business their skill and time in return. The employee will never get back that time.

stop making excuses

July 22nd, 2010
7:56 am

@JOBLESS, not all of us were meant to survive, some fall off into the depths and hopefully, you don’t reproduce. if have already, don’t teach your kids how to whine… find a job…and then you can drop the “less” off your name, however, that is how i think of you, “LESS”, minus the JOB.

dawgma

July 22nd, 2010
7:57 am

CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN!

OBAMA and his cronies don’t give a damn about anything but being re-elected into power. The more they put the poor on welfare/unemployment the more control they enjoy in your life.

Dulcinea

July 22nd, 2010
7:58 am

Illegal immigration drives the American economic machine. That’s why no one, Dem or Repub, will do anything to stop it.

Why is there no talk about creating jobs to get people off of unemployment? The vast majority of jobless people just want to be working again!

Jobless

July 22nd, 2010
7:59 am

@Mary…..yeah I had to go and get my education and now I am overqualified to be a cashier at Kroger…….go figure…….begging didnt help….but they did sell me some groceries….I buy the $1.00 items every week……that’s my plan meal…..LOL…I think people should have to have a GED to get food stamps………dang getting a High School eduction was free when I was growing up……and I think it still is…….but the lady behind me was all happy about her two grocery carts full of food and spending my tax money….LOL

my Opinion

July 22nd, 2010
8:02 am

So, rick, Why are the Democrats trying to legalize 20 million illegal aliens when 15 million or more US citizens are out of work or underemployed? Some of these politicians are putting the interests of illegal aliens before the those of US citizens and legal residents!

uhhhhhh, so that they can pay taxes and pay into the Medicare system.

and you contradicted yourself twice. like most of the something for nothing crowd, you want it both ways–cheap labor from others and high pay, with benefits, for yourself.

Oh, and cutting taxes is the answer to all the nation’s problems, right/

my Opinion

July 22nd, 2010
8:03 am

Oh, for the good ole days of W, the caring leader–the self-proclaimed ‘uniter’ of the people.

stop making excuses

July 22nd, 2010
8:04 am

My theory: there has always been unemployment, now, it’s just higher b/c all the dumb folks who should not have been reproducing have been reproducing in record numbers… the smart folks haven’t reproduced enough and now, America has now turned into the Land of the Idiots, albeit, We’re free idiots, and that could actually be far worse. Idiots normally have a hard time governing themselves. Have you looked at congress and the senate lately??? oh, and of course the white house. The tea party???? please, if they had it their way, i’d be picking cotton.

The Truth

July 22nd, 2010
8:04 am

We can blame Bush all day, but the facts are clear. This current administration has – in nearly two years – decimated the country that I love.

Our current US Senators have done nothing for Georgian’s, and yes they are both republicans. Plenty of blame to go around. We have to seek help from family and friends to get us through this mess since I don’t believe it will get better soon.

I’ve worked two jobs since 1984 so I can support my family since all the money that I have put into the federal piggy bank known as social security, will not be there when I retire. Again’ plenty of blame to go around.

We have to stop relying on government to solve our problems, they have created a good part of this mess. Most of us have bought houses we couldn’t afford, cars we couldn’t afford and a lifestyle that is unsustainable. So we can blame ourselves as well.

I truly feel sorry for those of you who are out of work. I don’t see any good news on the horizon. Continue to pray that God will help you through this and He will always be there for you.

OneChris

July 22nd, 2010
8:07 am

NO SURPRISE! I know of three friends with advanced college degrees now out of work unless you count the part time retail jobs they have now as desperation has forced them to accept such jobs. Georgia must do a better job to get high education type job and not low income jobs! How the state can’t make this happen is very sad with so many great colleges here in the metro area for companies to recruit talent.

stop making excuses

July 22nd, 2010
8:08 am

all you people complaining you can’t find a job, stop reading this blog, and start reading the classifields ASAP… this is why your unemployed, your inadequate. plain and simple.

Anon

July 22nd, 2010
8:11 am

I’ve been out of work for a very long time. I am so sick of being unemployed I don’t know what to do. I have looked EVERYWHERE for a job. During the time I have been unemployed I have even gone back to the employer I worked for while I was in college. The first five times I was turned away, on the SIXTH attempt I was rehired. I have since learned that the environment has changed so much that I can’t earn enough money in that restaurant to support myself. I am so depressed I can barely get out of bed, but I am going to see if I can get a job as an asst. mgr. since the position is open. It’s definitely not what I want to do with my life, but it beats not working, and there is nothing stopping me from continuing to look for work in the mean time.