Metro Atlanta’s jobless rate dips slightly to 10.2 percent

Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate fell slightly to 10.2 percent in July, from 10.3 percent in June, the state labor department said Thursday.

Still, Atlanta’s jobless rate — back to where it was in July 2009 — exceeds the 9.9 percent level in Georgia and the 9.5 percent rate nationally.

The number of unemployed workers in the metro area decreased to 271,118 — down 950 from June, the labor department said.

Initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits in July dropped 6.8 percent from June.

But the number of payroll jobs in metro Atlanta fell by 11,400 to total 2,254,400 in July.

The slight drop in the jobless rate was likely driven, in part, by discouraged workers who have given up their job search and are no longer counted as unemployed.

Last week, the labor department attributed the decline in the state’s jobless rate to a shrinking labor force caused primarily by discouraged workers giving up their search.

Statewide, one out of two jobless workers has been unemployed for at least 27 weeks.

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[...] Metro Atlanta’s  jobless rate dips slightly to 10.2 percent [...]

Annie

August 26th, 2010
7:05 am

Is that last sentence worded correctly (”Statewide, one out of two workers have been unemployed for at least 27 weeks.”)? Now THAT would be a depression.

Guy Incognito

August 26th, 2010
7:15 am

“The slight drop in the jobless rate was likely driven, in part, by discouraged workers who have given up their job search and are no longer counted as unemployed.

Good job burying the Lead. And treating this as good news, as it appears on your home page, is downright irresponsible. Perhaps your headline writer should just cut to the chase by printing, “President Bush continues to throw people out of their jobs!”

Atlantan

August 26th, 2010
7:34 am

I hope the President is enjoying his vacation.

I don’t think America can take much more hope and change. Obama is no dummy – this is intentional. The ruling class is killing the American economy one day at a time. I wonder what economy punishing plans the idiots have planned for us once congress returns.

metoo

August 26th, 2010
7:37 am

I have never understood how you can give up searching for work?

ME Three

August 26th, 2010
7:46 am

Hey metoo,

Lose your job and you will find out how you can give up “searching for work”.

You too will then be “searching for work” and trying out all those minimum wage jobs out here to see which one can pay your bills in which you had with that former larger paycheck.

Huh?

August 26th, 2010
7:59 am

Why even bother reporting this, if it’s all pretend? You stop counting people as unemployed when they stop working. Answer: The AJC is a dutiful cog in the state propaganda machine.

Alecia

August 26th, 2010
7:59 am

What happened to the saying “If you can’t find a job, create one!”? We have people that have been receiving unemployment for more than 2 years, which is pathetic. We have too many people sitting on the couch saying “poor me” . The remainder is gaining the system by receiving unemployment while working tax free side jobs or selling stuff at the flea market.

Better to get the pain over with quickly....

August 26th, 2010
8:04 am

As terrible as things are, I see a silver lining. At least we’re seeing the effect of the Obama administration’s utter incompetence and bad-for-business policies sooner, rather than later. The Independents are fleeing the silly “hope and change” BS and will help flush the Dems down the toilet in 2010 instead of waiting until 2012, saving us two years of misery. Now all we need is for the Republicans to put up some decent candidates. No guarantee on that…

Hummmm

August 26th, 2010
8:33 am

“Initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits in July dropped 6.8 percent from June.” This means that people have run out of unemployment benefits, not necessarily working. Unemployment stats don’t track the number of people that have lost benefits and are still not working. This article is misleading and so are the office unemployment stats.

GG

August 26th, 2010
8:35 am

Just got laid off, last day will be Friday. Filing unemployment first thing Monday morning.

RGB

August 26th, 2010
8:39 am

“Better to get…”

I indeed hope you are right. But when Obama and the Dems end the Bush tax cuts in January, that will be yet another strong signal to businesses that Democrats’ chief purpose is to kill employment and businesses and add to the dependency on government. With every uptick of the unemployment rate, Obama, Reid, and Pelosi collectively smile–make no mistake about it.

The “hope and change” crowd, being willing accomplices who don’t know the difference between a demand curve and a pay-on-demand movie, will lap up the “it’s Bush’s fault” ad infinitum. If the independents are fed up with the Obama nonsense, they may indeed help restore the country to a successful state.

Your point is a good one: we need strong, conservative candidates–not just the status quo Republicans such as John McCain who favor destruction at a slightly slower pace.

I’m liking Mitch Daniels of Indiana but he seems reluctant to throw his hat into the ring. He could get us moving in the right direction.

tired of no job

August 26th, 2010
8:42 am

Even the unemployment office is saying there are no jobs in Atlanta!!!!! As a recently unemployed professional person I had to attend a class at the unemployment office and they actually said this in the class. My, how encouraging this is to the newly unemployed. Oh, they also said in the same class “Forget your old salary, because you will never make that much money again”!!!

to Mee two- it is obvious you have no clue as to just how bad it is out there. I can understand people giving up. Example: my neighbor has been unemployed for one year now. He has a college degree and today he is going on a job interview, guess where???? McDonald’s, if he gets the job he will be flipping hamburgers for min. wage. This man has been gainfully employed for 35 years until now. The actual jobless numbers far exceed what the media prints to make us think things are getting better. In reality, things are far worse. There are more jobs in my field (legal) in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Idaho, Nebraska than in a big city such as Atlanta.

JK

August 26th, 2010
8:56 am

Alecia, obviously you have not been affected by unemployment. No on is saying “poor me”. What the unemployed are saying is “where are the jobs for me to even apply for”? And “when I do apply I hope I beat out the other 5000 people that applied.”

Real American

August 26th, 2010
9:01 am

So I Guess all you mad idiots want to go back to George Bush, era that put us in this mess. So, I guess Obama suppose to clean up in 19 mos of 8 years of Conservatives idiots destroyed our country.
Yes, I remember the Conservative Bush era of standing in line for gas at $ gallon, high food prices, how soon you idiots forget.

d

August 26th, 2010
9:03 am

My company has openings! Send your resume to
dharris@staffing-resources.com

We will help if we can!

Delight23

August 26th, 2010
9:07 am

Amen @tired of no job. The blissfully ignorant ASSume that all of these people are sitting on their couches living it up on a whopping 250-300 a week before taxes. I believe GA caps at around $300 give or take.

This article, as so many others have astutely noted, is an example of the under reporting, misrepresentation and downright lies about the true state of GA’s employment situation. Heard on the radio the city of Atlanta is getting ready for another round of job cuts.

That’s right offer more freakin tax incentives for businesses to come to GA, operate for 5yrs then start shipping jobs overseas while the true taxpayers foot the bill as the state re-balances the budget to make up for those lost “incentives” and start covering the cost of unemployment for that businesses former workers.

Delight23

August 26th, 2010
9:09 am

If legit…kudos to d. people are looking and every little bit helps even if short term.

Rich

August 26th, 2010
9:15 am

Obama’s check list
Tell them what they want to hear to win election. Check
Vacation. Check
After winning fly world wide apologizing for America. Check
Vacation. Check
Take over auto makers. Check
Vacation. Check
Take over banks and student loans. Check
Vacation. Check
Nationalize healthcare. Check
Vacation. Check
Take over wall street. Check
Vacation. Check
Collapse the housing market. Check
Vacation. Check
Man made dissaster great for more regulation’s and photo op’s. Check
Vacation. Check
Sue a sister state trying to protect it’s real citizens. Check
Vacation. Check
Amnesty for all illegals = million’s of votes. Check
Vacation. Check
Come on everyone give Obama a break!! It’s hard work destroying a country!!

Artjazz54

August 26th, 2010
9:19 am

Obama will eventually set black Americans back 20 – 30 years economically. Unfortunately, his presidency has allowed every hack racist in the nation to be given a platform, as a vehicle to gain publicity. Had black and the Democrats listen to Andrew Young when he said the boy has had more white girlfriend than Bill Clinton, we would not be facing the dire situation we are in now. The racist driven Tea Partiers, and their Republicans Masters, will teach Democrats and we Blacks a lesson we won’t soon forget over the next two to three years, followed by eight to sixteen years of Republican Presidents, and a more conservative federal bench. All those black females who were smiling and styling during his campaign and inaugural, will be hustling and working in the strip clubs for money over the next several years. Of-course, many are there now.

tired of no job

August 26th, 2010
9:23 am

Right on Rich… this is a perfect illustration of our President’s agenda.

George W. the hero

August 26th, 2010
9:24 am

Hey y’all. I’ll be responding to your complaints about my sukesser and friend Barak soon. However, My month long annual vacation in Crawford, Texas, isn’t over. Remember, I’m watching out for you while I take an entire month off EVERY year.

@"Real American"

August 26th, 2010
9:33 am

You have clearly fallen into the worn out Republican vs Democrat trap. It’s not about wanting to go back to the Bush days. He was nearly as big an idiot as Obama is. It’s about deciding what the role of government should be and electing some competent people to run the operational aspects of that government. Now that we’ve seen what big government looks like, we likely won’t see it again for at least a generation. The challenge now is to find some folks who will do the right thing operationally, regardless of the political implications.

@Artjazz

August 26th, 2010
9:36 am

Great points. Sadly, I think you are correct, and I’m white. Obama has singlehandedly ended any possibility of a competent black person to be elected President for a generation. Talk about backfire! What a shame.

emack06

August 26th, 2010
9:37 am

My company, an IT company, is hiring and has been hiring for months. Our problem is finding qualified candidates. However, we just hired a new project manager and entry level software engineer. Obama has done the right thing for this country. Because of his leadership and intelligence, we are now better off than what we were two years ago. It’s a slow process to regain all the losses we incurred during the Bush era. America will come back stronger than ever. I just hope what has happen in the past 3 years teach us all a lession about fiscal responsibility, the trappings of greed, and respect for your fellow americans.

Rich

August 26th, 2010
9:39 am

This is NOT your father’s Democrat Party. This bunch in Washington is dangerous and they think you’re stupid.
Problem: Anti-Middle Class Socialism
Solution: November 2nd

Rich

August 26th, 2010
9:44 am

Job less rate drops to 10.2%! Yeah, WTH!!!!!

Mark

August 26th, 2010
9:45 am

The headline contradicts what is being reported. A month-to-month dip from 10.3 to 10.2 isn’t even worthy of reporting as a dip unless it’s been consistent for 6 months or more. Surely the number of people who have yet to apply for unemployment or who have already used up their unemployment benefits makes up the difference between the 10.3 and 10.2. The real headline should be about how Metro Atlanta and Georgia still exceed the national average and have for “x” number of months. Half of the jobless workers have been unemployed for more than 6 months is not a good sign. All of this news is bad yet the headline makes it sound like we’re making progress. Come on Henry, tell it like it is.

Eric

August 26th, 2010
10:12 am

Don’t worry.. REAL change is coming..
November 2010

Never again…

R

August 26th, 2010
10:14 am

emack06 says … “Obama has done the right thing for this country. Because of his leadership and intelligence, we are now better off than what we were two years ago. It’s a slow process to regain all the losses we incurred during the Bush era. America will come back stronger than ever.”

The ONLY thing you got right is the last sentence. But I will add to your statement – America will come back stronger than ever BEGINNING IN 2012, when Obama leaves the White House.

I have said it before and I will keep repeating it – things will start to change in November when we get rid of some of the Democrats in Congress. Our economy will start to improve in 2012, or sooner as soon as their are assurances that Obama (or someone like him) is gone as POTUS. Obama’s actions (ObamaCare) and inactions (failure to continually address the economy, jobs, illegal immigration) have caused the powers that be, wealth holders, and banks to retreat because they have NO confidence in him.

retiredds

August 26th, 2010
10:19 am

If I recall correctly the Republicans have been in charge of GA for the last eight years. When will they begin to accept that the dismal employment picture is happening on their watch instead of blaming the Obama administration? Seems like they want Obama to take responsibility for the dismal economic picture but don’t want to take responsibility for GA’s dismal economic situation.

Real American

August 26th, 2010
10:22 am

Rich, check this list
Saved over 5,000 jobs auto, GM, Ford
Saved over 250,000 jobs teachers,police
signed equal pay equal work.
Class back in America, priceless

Eric

August 26th, 2010
10:24 am

Hey Dr.

Since when can the state GOP prevent the Obamanation from spending us into a depression and destroying the economy?

Just Wondering

August 26th, 2010
10:26 am

The national Unemployment Rate is 9.5%, The Georgia Unemployment rate is over 10%. To all you Obama bashers, (and I could care less as I didn’t vote for him)could you please explain to me how Georgia, which is a primarily die hard red state under Republican control is higher than the national rate?

nparry

August 26th, 2010
10:30 am

emack06: You are correct that we can’t find qualified, employable people in the IT industry. My friend’s recruiting company based in CA is looking to fill high-paying IT jobs in cloud computing, agile computing, robotics, telemedicine, biotech, etc etc, but cannot find any qualified locals in the US. What do we do? Companies are bleeding money and contracts because they can’t find trained, usable manpower!! So what are the anti-Obama whiners doing, other than collecting dole each week and complaining about the hand that is feeding them for 99 weeks or more?

Just Wondering

August 26th, 2010
10:32 am

Hey Eric, I believe dds was inquiring specifically about Georgia as was I. There are several states in the Midwest that are actually booming and adding payroll instead of increasing unemployment. States have always had the abiltiy to govern themselves accordingly. Unfortunately for Georgia, the leadership has been consistantly lacking which is why the state is in the shape it’s in now. So before you start to blame Obama policies for Georgias failures, you may want to look at your own voting record for the last 8 years. Just sayin.

Joblistontwitter

August 26th, 2010
10:34 am

@tired of no job. I went to go interview at a temp agency and the person who interviewd me told me that if I didn’t lower my salary expections that I would be back begging him for a job in 7 months. He said my salary was too high and that no one will want to interview me. Well let’s just said after that interview a month later I was going on many interviews and at the end I had my choice pick of 3 jobs that were paying what I was asking for. This post is not to brag but I just want to say don’t give up. There are jobs out there you just have to be in the right place and at the right time. Also it helps if you know people and it also helps if you have a twitter and or Facebook account so you can network. I found my job on Twitter by the way…. Follow Atlanta Joblist… they list jobs every minute… Good Luck!

VP

August 26th, 2010
10:41 am

Why does everybody blame the government for high unemployment but not the companies that are laying people of left and right?

Eric

August 26th, 2010
10:50 am

“States have always had the abiltiy to govern themselves accordingly”

Really .. not according to Barry.. ask Arizona about that

R

August 26th, 2010
10:50 am

“Saved over 5,000 jobs auto, GM, Ford
Saved over 250,000 jobs teachers,police
signed equal pay equal work.”

LMAO! That is really not something to get excited about!

Whitney

August 26th, 2010
10:50 am

My husband is moving Tuesday to Alaska to find work. He will contribute to the ‘decrease’ in umemployment filings. I think they need to do a study on how many people are leaving the state to find work elsewhere.

Whitney

August 26th, 2010
10:52 am

Where in AK? How did he find the job? I’ve got family there and have been thinking the same thing.

Alecia

August 26th, 2010
10:53 am

JK-As a business owner I have been more than affected by unemployment. However, I cannot collect unemployment. If people would think beyond the standard application and try to apply their skills to starting a new business they might find themselves “employed” a lot faster. Unfortunately, some already know this and they are earning money privately while collecting an unemployment check. I am sure that most people that have been on umemployment over a year can figure out someway to earn money besides waiting for a check to come in or sending out fruitless applications. I repat myself ” If you can’t find a job, create one!”.

Rich

August 26th, 2010
10:57 am

Dems 2010 slogan; Nancy made me do it, I promise I’ll stand up to her next time.

R

August 26th, 2010
10:57 am

“Why does everybody blame the government for high unemployment but not the companies that are laying people of left and right?”

It’s the lack of confidence in Government (the current administration) that is forcing these companies into this action. Keeping and or hiring employees takes lots of money – money that they aren’t willing to spend in a dying economy. Obama (government) has thrown away money and where has that gotten US? Corporations, big and small business, banks are all in survival mode!

Rich

August 26th, 2010
11:01 am

Problem with this “Blame Bush” strategy: It’s old…it’s tired…it no longer works

Whitney

August 26th, 2010
11:02 am

PS- my job has just posted 8 jobs, some higher level and some entry phone rep positions. Not the highest pay but decent to start and we do have excellent benefits!

Primerica.com – go to bottom left and click ‘Careers’ – pick GA and search!

R

August 26th, 2010
11:04 am

“Georgia, the leadership has been consistantly lacking which is why the state is in the shape it’s in now.”

Georgia problems with unemployment stems from the sheer number of people that have migrated to this area because of jobs during the boom. Ilegal immigration and the strain on they continue to have on GA’s economy is a major contributor as well. Many people that I know that are on unemployment have moved here during the last several years – last one hired (you know the rest…)!

BoyWonder

August 26th, 2010
11:26 am

Right on R

Not only that, but for years we had every misfit and miscreat from MD, Ny, NJ move here.
They used to just stop for gas on their way to thug-land Florida, but unfortunately, they decided to stop and stay awhile..in the “mecca” ya know. For years, the word on the street was “Move to Hotlanta!” Ugghhh

I don’t even know how we could begin to count the thousands upon thousands of illegal hispanics who have destroyed entire communities in and around Atlanta.
I wouldn’t expect them to be counted as most are not eligible for unemployment benefits, although some of these stats are derived from the “household survey” where they just call a small group of households and ask stupid questions. Then magically come up with an unemployment number.

Lastly,Atlanta realy is an isalnd in a sea of rednecks. Try growing up in one of these god forsaken towns, going off to college. Where do you think you will move upon graduation?
Back to Calhoun, Tifton, Thomasville, Blairsville, Lavonia and work for 1990 wages? So you can hang out at the Shoneys on a Saturday night? Nope, most young people from these hay seed towns in Georgia almost always chose to come to Metro Atlanta in search of a decent paying job and some semblence of civilization. This only adds to the employment pressures.

And even though Georgia has been governed by like minded rednecks and hicks from these hay seed towns, they have never seen fit to try to bring some balance and diversity to the rest of the state.
We are a one trick pony. Atlanta or bust.

Whitney

August 26th, 2010
11:28 am

REPLY:Where in AK? How did he find the job? I’ve got family there and have been thinking the same thing.

His dad lives in Anchorage and is setting him up with a house and car, and a few friends at the North Slope in Dead Horse. No job yet but hopefully his dads connects will pay off. Its a gamble but at this point its the best option. 1.5 years of no job prospects really gets you down. If it weren’t for family we would have had to forclose as well. Its rough out there. Alaska, Nebraska, the Dakotas, and a few other states are doing well with jobs. If you can move or if one person can move it may be worth it! Im staying here with the kids because of school and my job, it will be rough but we are looking at the long term plan here!
Anyone who says that finding a job right now isnt hard should quit and try it out. My MIL has been out of work 4 years and she is a highly educated and degreed person and she cant find work in GA either so she has moved to Phoenix AZ and her husband to Tallahassee FL!!