Georgia’s jobless rate falls slightly to 9.9% as discouraged workers give up search

Georgia’s unemployment rate fell slightly to 9.9 percent in July from 10 percent in June, as discouraged workers gave up their job search so they are no longer counted as unemployed, the state labor department reported Thursday.

“Although the unemployment rate remained virtually unchanged, a growing number of discouraged workers dropped out of the workforce,” state Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said in a statement. “For the second consecutive month, the number of jobs in our state declined, new layoffs increased and long-term unemployment continued to rise.”

There were 230,100 long-term unemployed Georgians in July — those who have been out of work for 27 weeks or longer, the labor department said. This represents an increase of 90 percent from July 2009.

The long-term unemployed now account for 49.8 percent of the 462,372 jobless workers in Georgia. That’s one out of two people searching for a job.

During the past two months, Georgia’s labor force has declined by more than 40,000 as discouraged workers dropped out, the labor department said. This is the first time since 2001 that Georgia has experienced significant reductions in the labor force for two consecutive months.

The number of payroll jobs in July fell six-tenths of a percentage point in July from June, the labor department said.

A total of 68,089 laid-off workers filed initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits in July — an increase of 5.1 percent from June. Most of the first-time claims were filed in manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, administrative and support services, and construction.

This is the 34th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently at 9.5 percent.

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Will Work For Food

August 19th, 2010
7:07 am

I pay close attention to the items I buy now to see if they say “Made in USA”. If so, I get those items instead of the ones that say “Made in China”. Home-grown products means more jobs for Americans! This may not help Georgia in the short-term, but at least we’re helping our fellow Americans.

discouraged

August 19th, 2010
7:11 am

I am one of the discouraged. I quit looking. Any ideas fellow humans? I had a business that failed and have never been counted as unemployed because any business owner who tries to collect is denied!

ForceEmployment

August 19th, 2010
7:24 am

Many Corporations are reporting double digit profit and growth, yet they are not increasing their employment numbers. This administration has been so focused in bailing out and bank rolling its Harvard buddies rather than forcing companies to start hiring again by giving serious incentives…

Small businesses which have always been the feeders into the future Wal Marts, Apple and Microsoft of the future should be provided with stimulus money of up to $150,000 to be used toward aquisitions and hiring..larger companies should be given even higher amounts….of which a certain percentage must be used to pay the wages of “new” employees…

Until we start to force companies to start spending some of those profits in growth and not the bonuses of the top 1% of the company, American will never reach the 300,000 a month of new hires needed to make a serious dent in unemployment…

mike

August 19th, 2010
7:27 am

There are jobs out there I just moved from chicago 2 months ago and found 3 jobs already!

Winfield J. Abbe

August 19th, 2010
7:28 am

Its business as usual at UGA. The president still makes well over half a million a year. The football coach is still the highest paid employee in Georgia. Even local governments and school boards pay good money to administrators. Most Superintendents make well over $100K per year yet took the easy degree path to the worthless Ed.D. degree and cause so much damage to school. Some of them have even aided in the cheating scandal. In Athens they not only have a manager for each department but three managers over them! Money is no problem in the Robin Hood Communist cesspool of Georgia. They run an unsafe polluting bus system consisting of large wasteful buses mostly empty that require a taxpayer subsidy of about $4 million per year. The local Communists recently bought the former Athens First Bank Building, aiding that company which loaned the $220 million to Sea Island and lost it, for about $3 million for a water office. The secret UGA Real Estate Foundation last year paid two times the appraised value for O’Malley’s property for the unnecessary medical school and took it off the tax rolls forever while they already own thousands of acres of idle land also off the tax rolls. Athens has many brand new vehicles running aound town with windows as closed as their government and air conditioning on. No problem with money in Athens.

TH

August 19th, 2010
7:29 am

discouraged: I reccommend you identify your most valuable skills that you have and look to gain some type of freelance opportunities that may exist. Since you are a past business owner, get creative and find a way to network and get some type of part time work in the field you are most skilled at. Be most concerned about an opportunity and less concerned about pay. Get a new attitude and do not appear desparate even if you are. “Go fake it till you make” Best of luck!

Frustrated

August 19th, 2010
7:38 am

My husband got laid off in Sept 2008, graduated with a 4.0 from college and has not been able to find anything. We are considering leaving the state if necessary. I can’t even tell you how many jobs he has applied for in the last 1 1/2 years, it is completely discouraging. I just spoke with a woman whose husband, on a whim, applied for a job in Boston, he got it and they’re moving in a few weeks.

Delight23

August 19th, 2010
7:42 am

oooh Mike do tell. Clearly these 230,000+ people lack your job seeking and job securing skills. :rolls:

Mike Jones

August 19th, 2010
7:52 am

The Economy in America is not failing, the attempt of Barrack Obama to implement Socialism into America is. “Forceemployment from above” You are a fool.

Lou

August 19th, 2010
7:53 am

This what is happening and this is why we have this high unemployment rate and climbing: I had to have a new water heater and after the installer left I went to the label to get the model number to fill out the warranty card. Right on the water hear below the company name was “made in Mexico.” Now this American company produces in Mexico. If someone would have asked me if I would have paid 50 bucks more to have this item made in America I would have said “heck yeah”. if over 15 years of its life it would have cost me a few bucks more a year, so what. Is this lunacy or what. I had no idea, I just called up and this is what they brought over. We are killing our workforce, shame on us and shame on me for not knowing this before I purchased this item.

mom3boys

August 19th, 2010
7:53 am

Husband was laid off in Feb…this is the 4th time in our marriage (of >25 years). We cannot live long on one income…very, very disheartening. While he finds things he’s qualified to do, he can’t seem to get past HR…apparently dozens are equally qualified and they choose them…or decide to leave the positions vacant. Very sad.

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Andy in Blairsville

August 19th, 2010
7:56 am

If I were unemployed in metro ATL, I would get the hell out. The Fortune 1000 have been bailing in droves on that corrupt cesspool know as Atlanta since 2000 and the writing is on the wall. If you must stay in the south head up I-85 to Greenville, SC or better yet, head to Raleigh Durham (if you can stand being around liberals).

From an employment and wage perspective, Atlanta peaked in the late 90’s.

George Harrison Ford

August 19th, 2010
7:58 am

discouraged

August 19th, 2010
7:11 am
I am one of the discouraged. I quit looking. Any ideas fellow humans? I had a business that failed and have never been counted as unemployed because any business owner who tries to collect is denied!

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Ifyou are in business for yourself you are not paying UI taxes –so of course you will not draw because you have put nothing in. That’s why you have been “denied” as you put it.

Unemployed

August 19th, 2010
7:58 am

Potential employers should also NOT be allowed to keep posting ads for NON-EXISTENT jobs in the FIRST place. I know for a fact that many of them are posting ads for MONTHS for positions which have either been eliminated or already filled. And, for
those who are legitimately posting ads, they need to
STOP making promises they have NO intention of keeping. In other words: DON’T tell job candidates
during an interview to expect a a decision/callback on xx-date and don’t follow through. All we are asking is that they extend to us the same common courtesy they UNCONDITIONALLY expect of us.

barneyb

August 19th, 2010
8:01 am

Agree with Andy in Blairsville. Been here 32 years, and watched a city I loved turn into a rotting dunghole. As soon as I retire, I am so out of here.

Bunnie

August 19th, 2010
8:01 am

Discouraged, start another business. Many entrepreneurs try and fail numerous times before succeeding.

I started my own business after the 2nd Congressional UI Benefit Show Down. I’m still looking, but I’m also setting up to work from home just in case stuff doesn’t work out. In the 12 months since I was laid off, I found only ONE position that was like the one I lost.

Juna

August 19th, 2010
8:02 am

I get by on my Anchor babies welfare and food stamps and use some credit cards the 3 yearold has…no need to look for work anymore

hk

August 19th, 2010
8:02 am

To Discouraged: My husband and I are in the same boat. We both were business owners and never received unemployment. Our business failed in 2008 and we have been struggling ever since. We lost our home, was kicked out from one rental and at the verge of being out on the street. We begged, borrowed from everyone. I even went back to school and received student loans. I am graduating with high GPA, been searching for jobs the past year without any success. I really don’t know where to go from here.

Delight23

August 19th, 2010
8:03 am

@Frustrated: Your story is ocurring more often than not. I have BBA, PMP, and CTP. Working for a large bank that slashed a division after a merger, I was one of blessed to receive a severeance that kept me a float for a bit. Tried as I did I eventually got tired of hearing about being overqualified. Tired of headhunters/recruiters (all friends from college) telling me to remove some of my certifications as my education was proving to be a handicap. Now isnt that some bull?

I was “officially” out of work for over a year. I grew tired of 2-3 wk temporary administrative assignments (special projects, maternity leave, etc). In between the assignments were the COUNTLESS job fairs that did nothing but cost me in gas, mileage and sanity as you attend only to discover 40% of those employers advertised actually have booths, the remaining belong to Uncle Sam and each of his branches.

I finally went to the Dept of Labor where I asked for training (after learnig about the program), in lieu of an unemployment check, to move into the Healthcare field since the want ads, commercials, and even the DOL website emphasized the need for workers. Yep, addicted to learning. I’ll take a skill over free money any day. Here’s the kicker: I was told I DID NOT QUALIFY FOR THE TRAINING PROGRAM BECAUSE I ALREADY POSSESSED A DEGREE AND SEVERAL CERTIFICATIONS. My background is finance; treasury and lending. Thet’s rather turn me into a welfare recepient sitting on my arse collecting a check. NO THANK YOU.

I was fortunate enough to CONVINCE my current employer that I would remain on board and be willing to start over if given the chance. I took a $9K cut in salary, which my employer thought was too drastic to keep me “loyal”. Pssshhh I’ve got financial repsonsibilities that take priority over my pride.

Keep your head up Frustrated and do what you have to do even if it means leaving GA.

Eric

August 19th, 2010
8:04 am

Hope you losers are enjoying the CHANGE..

Real change a’ comin’ NOVEMBER 2010

What a total failure.. “Never Again”

Delight23

August 19th, 2010
8:05 am

*sp: They’d rather turn me into a welfare recepient…

Andy in Blairsville

August 19th, 2010
8:05 am

McKesson in Alpharetta is always hiring. Do some legwork…..

Delight23

August 19th, 2010
8:05 am

Guess the idiots awaken at 8:00AM

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Eric

August 19th, 2010
8:08 am

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Kathy

August 19th, 2010
8:08 am

I’ve not giving up on job search……..There has not been that many job openings to apply for……and when one does show up…….I apply for it…..along with 5,000 other people…….but I’m not giving up…It will come……Looking for a customer service job in printing…….I have over 18 years experience in the printing industries……I do get discourage but each day is a new beginning…and I just start all over again…..

Real American

August 19th, 2010
8:12 am

Mike Jones, look up the word socialist before you accuse the Obama adminstration”” This is the type of nonsense Glen Beck Rush L. uses, two idiots that has never step foot in a college.

Go asked all the people in the auto industrial who have jobs thanks to this President, that have made record profits.

What business wants to come to a state when half of you bubbas backing bigots like Deal.

No Longer Among the Masses

August 19th, 2010
8:12 am

I WAS unemployed but just got a job. I was out of work for 5 months, however since I was long term at my last job I got enough severence to last me most of the time I was out. I only drew a few weeks of unemployment. Since a person cannot draw unemployment until the severence runs out I am curious to know how many of these initial claims are from people how have actually been out of work for months
I ended up taking a job that was twice as far away as before and pays less. I know people that have been out of work for over a year that are still just looking within a small radius of their home. People you have to be flexible.

ForceEmployment

August 19th, 2010
8:21 am

Mike..do you even know what Socialism is?…Let me guess..you are one of the mindless sheep who thinks that everything you read and hear about on TV is true?…sorry Mike..but get educated before you call someone a “fool”

rwh

August 19th, 2010
8:22 am

I am indeed very sad to hear of the high unemployment for all of Georgia; and job seekers are giving up. This reminds me of how great our southern images appear and yet, it has cast a very dark and mean glow all over this state. With the housing market in such a mess, those who have stole and put this country into a shameful status; no wonder business can’t trust their funds and open up for the unemployed. Here, we seeing our nation slump deeper and deeper into more than depression; it made all of us feel unwanted as citizens paying tax over thousand of years and yet, we have elected senator and representatives to look at us and see just how serious the job market is and the help we all need. Not one of them have came to the aid of the American citizens, not one; they are siting back enjoying the perks and living a good life while those of us put them into office are suffering to live. Something is wrong with that picture; the needs of American Citizens must be at the forefront, sending billions of dollars everywhere else except to the people who live here in America. Yes, our Senators and Representatives shoud relize that America People needs desperate help too! Are you all going to set back and not write your Senators and Representatives? It’s time, November election is coming and it is your chance to elect people into the senate and house who will serve for the people by the laws that inacted them to do so. The ball is in your corner, how are you going to play with it!

Real American

August 19th, 2010
8:23 am

Lets see these are the tea klansman who hate government but waiting on their unemployment checks from government.Thanks Mr. President for having Grant money for me to go to school and getting training because we are now in the 21st Cent, and not siting around calling the the President names.

jess

August 19th, 2010
8:25 am

well people we need to protest
the government is doing this to the people , first you have the Mexicans coming over and driving wages down why because they can live 20 to a house and pay a low amount to live, then you have the h1-visas taking the better skilled jobs and driving down those wages, top it off with outsourcing and here is what you get, a government who only cares about passing bills to benefit the corporate big wigs fu-k everyone else, and now we have a show coming to tv called outsourced where we Americans can laugh at the Indians who are taking out jobs

grizzybear

August 19th, 2010
8:25 am

please look into other states for employment, midwest in some areas seems good.( north & south dakota,nebraska, search online the major cities and check those ads!

bsmitty

August 19th, 2010
8:26 am

Yes Winfield. UGA is the source of Georgia’s unemployment problem. You need answers to solving Georgia’s unemployment issue, look no further then the University of Georgia.

“The football coach is the highest paid employee in Georgia.” Is that a fact?

WTF?

So Sick of It

August 19th, 2010
8:26 am

It is so sickening to hear and read people blaming our current President on the state of our economy and everything else when he has only been in office for 18 months and he inherited the state of our nation. He is getting blamed for what he didn’t do and expected to fix it in such a short amount of time. So amazing. So easy to point the finger and blame the current administration when they didn’t get us in this mess.

Unemployed

August 19th, 2010
8:29 am

Lou–
I can believe that. Several weeks ago I spoke with someone at my local UI office who was laid off after years with Panasonic when their PTC plant was closed and 500 jobs outsourced to Mexico in 2008.
And, he/she haven’t been able to find another job since.

What a cruel, pathetic joke it has been in this country all these years to be led to believe that if
you work hard, “do what’s right” and are loyal to your employer (and WITHOUT question), you will be deserving of the “American Dream”.

Nightmare is more like it.

Mishap

August 19th, 2010
8:31 am

As much as I dislike UGA football…Richt is effectively the leader for what is one of the state of Georgia’s biggest businesses so his salary/bonus/etc isn’t really out of line w/ the amt of revenue it generates for UGA. He still costs less than your avg NFL star but I’m thinking his actions have a lot bigger effect on Georgia’s ticket revenues.

DH

August 19th, 2010
8:32 am

This is sad and crazy…

The Economy

August 19th, 2010
8:37 am

It will get worse before it gets better. Lesson to be learned from all this, LIVE BELOW UR MEANS!

God bless all those dealing with health,employment issues, will keep you in my prayers.

PS, what other Southern citys are more attractive then Atlanta, kinda over the ATL. The quality of people move here, low class. Might be why companys are moving out of GA.

Tychus Findlay

August 19th, 2010
8:38 am

Those with employable skills with always find employment. The cushy mid-management jobs no longer exist because senior employees have realized that these do-nothing managers don’t add value. Corporate hierarchies are two tiered- senior management with vision, and bottom tier that is in the trenches executing upper management’s strategy.

I’ve worked in sales for 6 years, literally from a week out of college, and there have never been a shortage of jobs- just a shortage of attitude and aptitude.

lakeman

August 19th, 2010
8:38 am

How many people in the USA do you think are/were in the home building/real estate industry, running their own businesses, not paying into UI, who are now out of work, out of $, and NOT counted as part of the 10% unemployed? Obama is getting what he wants; a desperate, needy, discouraged, helpless, broke, apathetic America. Thanks to all the needy, discouraged, helpless, broke, apathetic Americans that put him into office! The cure for all this: Get the guy the he77 outta office, along with all the other crooks, and watch America regain its strength, character, drive, desire, determination and gusto!

Z

August 19th, 2010
8:42 am

To all, I was out of work for almost two years. I worked at everything from temp jobs to Starbucks until I found a job with a major corporation. Try large corporations like Dish network, GE, Those that give a community service first. If you are not 41 yet there is always the military or reserves also.

Traci

August 19th, 2010
8:42 am

lakeman – your thinking is flawed.

this is not an Obama move – this is much bigger than your mind can wrap it’s brain around.
Voting will not CHANGE 1 Thing.

Term limits will.

Mishap

August 19th, 2010
8:43 am

Why do people expect employers to be loyal in a “market” economy? We hire CEOs that are given massive 8 figure bonuses to beat earnings by simply cutting “costs” (read jobs) after the grunt work’s already been done. We then reward the stock for beating earnings guidance a bunch of Wall St. people came up w/ based off an Excel sheet they got taught 1st year in college or by copying another guy’s work. How can a massive multi billion dollar company that does hundreds of thousands of transactions a quarter hit earnings within a penny or two w/o jiggering the books every single time?

You have to look out for yourself at all times in the capitalist system since it dictates everything is in competition. If you don’t create enough value for the company, you’re a target for cuts. Sure there are a few companies out there w/ fat margins but the majority are stuck in an infinite penny pinching cycle. If your job is one that can be offshored or outsourced, expect it to be. Build your skills around areas that are in growth and difficult/sensitive to outsourcing. If you want proof that Obama isn’t a socialist, the unemployment rate is a pretty good indicator.

As for the illegals and H1-B’s…if you like your inexpensive home, you benefited from illegal labor. Unless you asked for your home to built by the local carpenter’s union, it’s more than likely a few guys w/o papers helped do some framing or painting which drove the price down. H1-B’s do drive down the wages of skilled workers but they’re also here and contributing to our economy in taxes and their kids tend to be assimilated into US culture. Even though they are employed in the same jobs they tend to have better credentials than US citizens per job and also tend to get paid significantly less (most people I’ve seen are 10-20% less than market for US citizens). They don’t have any real job mobility so as a limited program, it’s great to be able to steal other countries’ best and brightest especially if we let them go to college here.

Mike Jones

August 19th, 2010
8:44 am

You voted for “Change”.. well, guess what? You are getting it. You voted for a guy who was going to take from the rich and give to the poor, you voted for a guy had no experience at all, you voted for a guy who promised to take care of you. I guess it’s not working out out so well is it?

Traci

August 19th, 2010
8:45 am

After all the rich folks ran off with the biggest robbery ever done without a gun. – it left the midlle class – broken.

These same people who believe in “trickle down” economics. Kept all the money in their pockets instead of creating jobs.

Tychus Findlay

August 19th, 2010
8:47 am

Mishap gets it.

Labor capital is any company’s greatest expenditure both in salary and benefits. Companies are reporting profits because they are extracting more labor per capita rather than bloating their labor force. Assume that your job is always expendable and adjust how you approach your job as such.

Tony

August 19th, 2010
8:48 am

I was out of work for a little over four months. After realizing that it would be very diificult to remain in Atlants, I expanded my job search to out of state. I was very fortunate to find a job in Virginia. The wife and and I hated to leave Atlanta after twenty-two years.

Traci

August 19th, 2010
8:49 am

Mike – if you bought a used car with 4 flat tires. how far down block would you get?
BUSH left this place in complete mess.

What job have you ever started on – where they were calling you – to rescue them before your start date? Remember —- they were calling him to make decisions even before he got into office – save us from the mess Bush left – before he was sworn in. WHERE is our favorite D student anyway?