Metro Atlanta unemployment jumps to 10.4 percent in August

Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate shot up to 10.4 percent in August, from 10.1 percent in July, the state labor department said Thursday.

The number of unemployed workers in the metro area increased to 275,215 — up 6,163, the labor department said.

The metro rate is well above the state’s — 10 percent — or the nation’s — 9.6 percent.

“Many employers are reluctant to hire because of the costs and risks associated with bringing on new employees,” Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said in a statement.

A total of 34,027 laid-off workers in metro Atlanta filed initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits in August, the labor department said. That was an increase of 16.1 percent from July.

Most of the first-time claims were filed in wholesale and retail trade, manufacturing, administrative and support services, and construction, the labor department said.

There was one positive number in the report — the number of payroll jobs increased in August by 14,800. It now totals 2,268,500 in the metro area.

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Joe

September 23rd, 2010
5:17 am

Unbeleivable!

joeybiden

September 23rd, 2010
5:46 am

this cannot be true. didn’t the “messiah” say that under his stimulis plan, unemployement would not exceed 8%?

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Motocross Survivor

September 23rd, 2010
6:10 am

But the recession ended last year. Everyone feels so much better.

tom

September 23rd, 2010
6:10 am

Look’s as though old GWB really messed things up. On top of this has anyone wondered why this recovery is taking so long. Maybe because GWB put us in a DEPRESSION and BO won’t talk about how bad things really were. And for the GOP to think intelligent folk want’s them back..kiss-off, we’ve seen what they can do…..(stupid is as stupid does Tea Party)

Jim

September 23rd, 2010
6:20 am

I know how to fix this…..lets have another stimulus package…..being the last one worked so well!!!! NOT!!! Maybe we can bail out GM again….no…the unions will just get all the money…..or…lets just vote everyone out of office and clean house!!! These problems started way back when….NAFTA ring a bell????

Grumpy

September 23rd, 2010
6:56 am

Don’t worry. The recession ended 15 months ago. Unemployment is a lagging indicator. Things will get better. Just trust Washington D.C., they know what is best for all of us. blah blah blah blah blah

scott

September 23rd, 2010
6:59 am

Atlanta..the new Detroit…not only is it starting to look like detroit and have the crime of detroit..but also the ghetto mentality of detroit and detroits unemployment rate almost as well…folk atlanta has tapped outy finally after years of unplanned out of control growth….

Jack Mehoff

September 23rd, 2010
7:02 am

Please add Cynthia Tucker to this list! I won’t ask for anything else for Christmas.

SlammPro

September 23rd, 2010
7:15 am

The big Banks CEO’s, COB’s, high flying (and lying) traders I’m sure are formulating a new get rich quick scheme that will keep them in big bonuses as that is their concern. There is no going down with the ship in the financial sector because their contracts don’t allow for it. Boom time is not far off, followed by bust and then bail out all for the good of the economy and the rich.

tandra88

September 23rd, 2010
7:34 am

The Detroit comment is racist.If you don’t like it here LEAVE…………….

outspoken1

September 23rd, 2010
7:54 am

Please find below my suggestion for fixing America ’s economy. Instead of giving
billions of dollars to companies that will squander the money on lavish parties
and unearned bonuses, use the following plan.
You can call it the “Patriotic Retirement Plan”:

There are about 40 million people over 50 in the work force. Pay them $1 million
apiece severance for early retirement with the following stipulations:

1) They MUST retire. Forty million job openings – Unemployment fixed.

2) They MUST buy a new AMERICAN Car. Forty million cars ordered – Auto Industry
fixed.

3) They MUST either buy a house or pay off their mortgage – Housing Crisis fixed.

It can’t get any easier than that!!

P.S. If more money is needed, have all members in Congress pay their taxes…

Mr. President, while you’re at it, make Congress retire on Social Security and
Medicare. I’ll bet both programs would be fixed pronto!

If you think this would work, please forward to everyone you know.

>If not, please disregard.

James

September 23rd, 2010
7:57 am

Although I would not consider Atlanta the new Detroit—they are filming the new TV series DETROIT 187 in Downtown Atlanta off Simpson Road. If you watched it two nights ago—–some of the footage
was shot in Vine City not too far from the dome….the corner of Sunset and Joseph Boone—*Formerly Simpson*…..probably due to the tax incentives that Georgia offers from movie and tv production. But I would have to say Vine City is transforming everyday—–everyday something new is coming up…new gas stations…new townhouses (builders are crazy to build now)….so while the rest of the city is in a depression—the formerly depressed area of vine city is seeing changes….not to be confused with English Avenue which is across simpson road—–that is still struggling….downtown is moving west—gays and people of all nationalities are moving in…..so its nice to see that in the worst depression since the 1930s….something is changing in that area….its almost unbelievable that any change is occuring since the economic situation probably will not change for several years….

No Fan

September 23rd, 2010
8:04 am

But wait, Obama and his disciples say everything is G R E A T!

Alecia

September 23rd, 2010
8:05 am

Tandra88-Scott does not mention race in any part of his comment. Someone must be off their meds and get a life.

Former Teacher

September 23rd, 2010
8:08 am

Maybe unemployment jumped because all the laid off teachers realized they weren’t being rehired and are now looking for other kinds of work.

hl

September 23rd, 2010
8:08 am

Why is GA above the national average?

rj0297

September 23rd, 2010
8:10 am

The chant of “Hope and Change” has failed, the stimulus (that was sold to us to keep unemployment below 8%) has failed, the auto industry bail-outs have failed, cash for clunkers has failed, the banking industry buy-outs have failed……the common denominator….the former Senator from Illinois has failed!!!! (There is no way you can blame this Obama economy and this Obama recession on anyone else but Obama and his failed policies)

JDW

September 23rd, 2010
8:10 am

Anyone else notice that since the GOP started running this state we always seem to be worse than the national average? I remember, not long ago in fact, when Georgia’s growth rate, unemployment, and opportunities were greater than the national average. Of course I am sure it has nothing to do with Sonny and the fine GOP led legislature in this state.

1whoseeksjob

September 23rd, 2010
8:11 am

I think some people missed the lesson on racism and statistics.

As to if you don’t like it here move comment…. doubt that really in anyone budget with Recessive government.

Pro’s and Con’s…. Atlanta -vs- Detroit…. we don’t have bettermade chips…. we have yet to try casinos as a way to suck up more people’s money….. and our city is more appealing to the eye. O’ and both cities are ummmm….. feeling the lack of love from our “great” leaders. Actually lack of love doesn’t do it justice… let’s call it a swift kick in the @$$!

wow @$$ almost sums it up al by itself doesn’t it.

JDW

September 23rd, 2010
8:12 am

Opps I almost forgot, since the GOP took over we do lead the nation in something. Bank failures. Did you notice there always seems to be a GOP politician on the board of those failed banks?

Eric

September 23rd, 2010
8:15 am

don’t worry.. change is a’coming.. NOVEMBER 2012.

Cumberland Raised

September 23rd, 2010
8:15 am

The sad part is all you Atlanta folks voted for Obama, a community organizer. No experience, never had a job, never ran a payroll. What did you really expect? Remember “Hope” is not a Strategy

TexasT

September 23rd, 2010
8:19 am

Since there are no reports of mass layoffs here and we get new corporate headquarters moving down here consistently, I think the logical conclusion is that we are getting a lot of migration from other more depressed regions of the country. I think that is evidenced anecdotally by counting all the out of state license plates. I believe people are moving here without a job or maybe with just their spouse having a job and going on unemployment. This increase migration is a good thing for Atlanta because it will help eat up the extra housing stock a bit faster than otherwise as these migrants find jobs.

Ole Guy

September 23rd, 2010
8:28 am

Scott, I don’t know if you’ve been to Detroit or if your comments are based solely on perception. Very true, Detroit has had far more than their fair share of economic misery. While Detroit, like any metro area, has it’s slums, ghettos, etc…and all the human dynamics that go with it, there seems to be (at least from the observations of a periodic business tripper) a major difference (call me an ole fashioned fud, if you will)…CIVIC PRIDE, both from the citizenry and from the municipalities. While I didn’t visit the aformentioned areas of stress, those places I did frequent were clean and well-maintained. The very first thing I did notice was the trimed grass. While this, in and of itself, is not a major issue, it does indeed point to issues of focus. SOMEONE kept that grass cut, SOMEONE cleaned up the areas of major movement, SOMEONE cared. The Ford Museum, among other venues of visit, was well-maintained, pleasant, and staffed by people who (at least) gave one the impression that they cared.

All these issues, compared to those of the ATL, are of a “no comparison” ilk. The areas surrounding the major venues are very much like those in Atlantic City…small plots of psuedo glitz surrounded by glaring dispair. One cannot walk 20 feet without someone spilling a sad tale of woe followed by a monetary request. I saw and spoke with many people of all colors, nationalities, and persuasions while peering across the water at neighboring Canada. I’m sure at least some of them had experienced/were experiencing difficulties of one sort or another. However (at least from my simple perspective), they all seemed to have a certain pride about them.

So maybe…just maybe…that’s a/the major difficulty Atlantans cannot seem to overcome. To be sure, there is much economic suffering, in Detroit, Atlanta, and points in between. But, you know, I often cannot help but sense a feeling of self-pity among those folks I often encounter when back in town. I’m very fortunate to be in the position I now occupy (it wasn’t always this way)…I sometimes almost feel guilty when I see and speak with folks in these here parts. Could it simply be that folks in these here parts would be well-served if they “toughened up” just a touch. You know, like stop trying to live like $35,000/year millionaires. Believe it or not, there are lots of jobs out there. They may not be what many would deem acceptable, in terms of pay and stature, but they are there.

Real American

September 23rd, 2010
8:28 am

Cumberland Raised” The sad thing all you dumbies got caught in Georgia Bush, gun ho John Wayne crap and did not regualate wall street and voted the second time for that fool and look where we are now.

Thanks Obama, today sick kids can get medical help with out pre existence conditions, Thanks Obama today over 2 million elderly people will receive checks to get there meds.

This is hope and change, Thanks Obama now I can go to school because of the money you allocated to update my skills and be ready for the new jobs in the 21st cent.

RK

September 23rd, 2010
8:36 am

Hey Henry — are they hiring at the newspaper? Look for my resume later today. . . .

rj0297

September 23rd, 2010
8:39 am

Bumper stick: If you think Health Care is expensive now…wait until it’s “Free”!!!

Mark in Woodstock

September 23rd, 2010
8:39 am

Hey I know the answer…..let’s spend more of our future with another stimilus….we won’t have to pay it off but we’ll ruin our kids and grandkids futures….but hey…it’s not our problem!!!! LOL

neal kelley

September 23rd, 2010
8:39 am

It’s Obama FAULT!! It’s the GOP FAULT!!, It’s white people fault!! It’s Black people fault!! It’s illegal Mexicans Fault!! This is all I hear constantly.. I am sick of it. Everyone need to get there butts in gear. Work together and fix this country. Or I will make sure I never vote for another democrat or GOP again!!! All them are crap!!

God, I hate this place

September 23rd, 2010
8:50 am

I wish the economy would get better just so my hubby can get a job we can save more $ to get the eff outta Georgia. Coming here was the absolute worst mistake and decision I’ve ever made in this lifetime!

Anyone bother read anymore?

September 23rd, 2010
9:01 am

Enter your comments here

Lexi

September 23rd, 2010
9:07 am

You think unemployment is high now, Wait tell the first week of October when more than 37,000 people lose their job when the stimulus program end!!!!!

Anyone bother read anymore?

September 23rd, 2010
9:07 am

Uhhhh… hate to discourage the typical Obamas fault rants, but did any of you even bother to read the article? I’m not a fan of Obama, and I didn’t vote for Obama, however, I won’t just arbitraily BLAME Obama for everything. Your argument of “it’s all Obamas fault” falls flat when the article clearly states that GEORGIA has an unemployment rate of 10.4%, much higher than the NATIONAL rate of 9.6%. Blaming Obama for Georgias high unemployment rate makes about as much sense as giving him credit for the low unemployment rate in North Dakota. The Pres reperesents the nation as a whole, so if the national rate was higher and the Georgia rate was lower, your comments might carry a little more weight. I don’t defend politicians, because most of them don’t really care about me or you beyond our ability to push a button in their favor. But to make comments like this is just plain stupid.

jim bob

September 23rd, 2010
9:10 am

This is because you southern TOOL bags don’t realize the importance of MARTA and other forms of mass transit. Who would bring their company to a transportation mess that is called ATL. And this just in we are going to cut marta funding again!!!

SlammPro

September 23rd, 2010
9:13 am

rj0297, remember that Obama inherited this mess (stop hating!!). The other thing is, like all other Presidents he takes advice from his advisors, wouldn’t you if being a financial expert wasn’t your forte` (stop hating!!)? People moan about Obama, some of these chronic haters probably helped (along with some guy in Florida) vote Bush Jr. in twice (stop hating!!).

markie mark

September 23rd, 2010
9:17 am

Hey Real American….were you paying attention this week when major insurers (Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross) started announcing that they were no longer writing childrens policys? they cant afford to. ….OR they could, but the premiums will run about $4,000 a month. You are clueless…its called INSURANCE…its what you buy for protection IN CASE SOMETHING HAPPENS. Not someone you are entitled to after something happens to help you out. Your belief system in something for nothing is in for a REAL rude awakening….

And Ole Guy,…..hate to disabuse you of the “plenty of jobs out there”….my wife started the corporate division of KSU in 1994. Today she is reduced to trying to get work at Walmart, Publix, McDonalds, etc. You show me ANY JOB she can apply for, minimum wage or not, and we will take it!!

andy

September 23rd, 2010
9:22 am

Roy Barnes left Georgia in excellent shape when he left offive in 2002. Bill Clinton left the country in excellent shape when he left office in 2000. Sonny? Not so good. George W. even worse. Still, Georgians will likely make the same mistake again in November and elect Deal. Do people honestly think things will get better by repeating the same mistake?

Atlantan

September 23rd, 2010
9:22 am

Obama and his lack of pro-growth policies are partially to blame. The GA. General Assembly & the Gov have been focusing on fish and not on pro-growth policies too. If GA would reshape it’s tax structure to be more business and resident friendly – see Texas. We would create more jobs.

It would help if the schools systems invested more on the students and less on the Administration too.

Anyone bother read anymore?

September 23rd, 2010
9:23 am

Hey Markie, actually there is a company here in Atlanta called The Cleaning Auhority. They are always looking for good workers. pay ranges between $7.25 and $10.00 per hour depending on which franchise you are with. If you Google them, you should be able to to find a location close to you. The number one complaint I hear from the owners is that they can’t get decent help, even though they are always hiring.

rj0297

September 23rd, 2010
9:23 am

SlammPro…why is it that if an American citizen disagrees with the current administration, that is immediately considered “hate”? Have we forgotten those chosen words of our beloved Hillary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJxmpTMGhU0

markie mark

September 23rd, 2010
9:24 am

sorry, that should have been “not SOMETHING you are entitled to”

Kate

September 23rd, 2010
9:24 am

So we’ve had the blame-fest.

Now what are the solutions?

What could Georgia be doing to increase employment and economic growth? What would you do if you were in charge?

markie mark

September 23rd, 2010
9:25 am

“anyone bother”, thank you…we will check it out..

A.S.Mathew

September 23rd, 2010
9:26 am

Greed and selfishness from every corner pulled us apart, and now we are in a mess without any
escape. The recession has ended in 2009, but now we are in a depression. Why can’t
the Washington admit the fact?

More unemployment, and less spending by the consumers will make the economic picture far
worse. People are saving more, but the banks are not using the money to loan. So, the bank’s
income is down with fat deposit, and they are laying off people.

This spirit of total confusion led the whole nation to a smoke chamber. We are not dead but
simply breathing. God have mercy on us: because we can’t go any farther like this without work
and income.

Just Telling The Truth!

September 23rd, 2010
9:27 am

The reason unemployment is worse her in Georgia than the rest of the country, because everybody keeps moving here thinking they are going to find work. If there is no jobs in the rest of the country, I don’t understand you they all fly here. I am an receptionist at a company and 99% of my call are people sayiny they just moved here and they are looking for work. Get rid of the people who just moved here in the last five years and the legal immigrants the job climate in Georgia would be so much better.

Anyone bother to read anymore?

September 23rd, 2010
9:27 am

Markie, No problem. I know it’s not ideal, but it is something until things get better. Good luck.

Anyone bother to read anymore?

September 23rd, 2010
9:32 am

A.S. I do agree with you to some extent, however if you look at the states that are actually increasing payroll, maintaining housing values and have a substantially lower unemployment rate than Georgia and the National average, you will see that they are the same states that didn’t get caught up in the mindset of growth and profit at any cost. Unfortunately, Georgia and the harder hit states simply proceeded with plans that were based on nothing more than how more profit could be made, and very little attention to the realities of the situation. As always, once the train is out of steam, there’s nothing left to do but push.

Mike

September 23rd, 2010
9:37 am

It is because we have many unemployed people moving to Atlanta looking for opportunity. And by opportunity, I don’t mean jobs, I mean nicer free housing and easier places to rob.

Lexi

September 23rd, 2010
9:45 am

Did Y’all hear me when I said “You think unemployment is high now, Wait tell the first week of October when more than 37,000 people lose their job when the stimulus program end!” ask Thurmand, and GA Sentors what are we gonna do about that.

That 37,000 people going to apply for unemployment, and that is going to go back to not being able to afford their bills, their rent and Car notes. These people will need help to provide food and shelter for their families again!!! So what’s gonna be done about that?