Georgia unemployment stuck at 10 percent in September

Georgia’s unemployment rate remained at 10 percent in September, the state labor department reported Thursday.

September was the 36th consecutive month that Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.6 percent, the labor department said.

“Our state’s job market remains weak and employers have not resumed hiring at a pace necessary for recovery,” Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said in a statement. “Employers are hesitant to commit to the financial risks associated with hiring and training new employees in an uncertain economy.”

Although the unemployment rate was unchanged from August, the number of payroll jobs decreased two-tenths of a percentage point in September to total 3,813,800, the labor department said.

The persistent problem of long-term unemployment got worse in September. There were 236,600 unemployed Georgians who have been out of work for at least 27 weeks, the labor department said. This represents an increase of 66 percent from September of last year.

The long-term unemployed now account for more than half — 50.7 percent — of the 466,234 jobless workers in Georgia, the labor department said.

On the positive side, 57,146 laid-off workers filed initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits in September — a decrease of 18.7 percent from August.

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

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Mark Alewine

October 21st, 2010
4:29 am

Glad to see I’m not the only one working this early in the morning

Divide and Conquer

October 21st, 2010
4:55 am

Me too. It’s good to have a job. Now, back to it.

Divide and Conquer

October 21st, 2010
4:56 am

Oh wait, I have four more minutes. :-)


October 21st, 2010
5:37 am

Thank God for them who can get ready to drive the car to work every morning or evening. Indeed, the 10% unemployment
is not the real picture. Many of the companies I know pesonally have laid off more than half of
their work force for the last one year, and those people working are working less hours/week.
There is some serious flaw in this data of 10% unemployment.


October 21st, 2010
5:48 am

AS Mathew has a point. Many people have settled for employment that is below their skill level and below their income level of the past because they’ve had to make do in bad times. I know of some people who are working more for less now at the same firms in order to keep their jobs. Or people who’ve gone from an office job making $50k a year to a non-office job making $20k a year.

For the 10% out there, I feel bad. But there is a large percentage out there who are just getting by and merely taking what they can get. We may have a lost generation result from this economic collapse which will reap long-term consequences none of want to experience.


October 21st, 2010
6:08 am

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October 21st, 2010
6:11 am

Unemployment rate in GA is more likely 15% . The state government numbers are always off as they do not count the ones that have extended unemployed claims, forced to do part-time work or are under employed. It like this in other states across the US. I do not foresee many companies hiring with these hikes coming in 2011. Outsourcing will continue and more jobs will be moved offshore.


October 21st, 2010
6:44 am

Bummer, but 3,813,800 jobs are plenty to support our population. There are many other non-payroll jobs and a lot of illegal and underground activity. I think the number I saw recently was about 8 million hold more than one job nationally. I tried to take into consideration how badly someone needed and wanted the job when I was in a position of hiring, a position I should never have been in.

Road Scholar

October 21st, 2010
6:53 am

Where are all the jobs Uncle Sonny promised he’d create? And don’t blame this on Obama. The state has given tax breaks to businesses to spur the economy; where is the upturn? And more Deal tax cuts coming!

Bud Flu

October 21st, 2010
7:04 am

The Preacher man says it’s the end of time,
And the Mississippi river she’s a goin’ dry…

Buzz G

October 21st, 2010
7:55 am

Now if we would just remove the illegal immigrants and remove the Democrats, there would be plenty of jobs to go around. The second part we are going to do on the first Tuesday in November. When are we going to ever get around to the first part?

Employed 2

October 21st, 2010
8:08 am

But wait, Obama says everything is wonderful! Gotta be a misprint.

The daayme unemployment numbers are fudged and the rate should be more like 25%. I know, I see it everywhere – job losses

Real American

October 21st, 2010
8:08 am

Buzz G: Another indiot, 8 years of Sonny and the Rep and you blame Dem, Sonny and the Rep crooks took bail out money and did nothing with it, other states like Mn, Wa, Wym,Co,Ri, have a 5% unemployment rate because there Gov and state leaders used the money the way it suppose to be used.
You idiots rather put the same party back in office that screwed you the first time, no thanks Dem are comming out in large numbers, we are not listing to the Fox Polls.


October 21st, 2010
8:25 am

We need to accept reality. This recession that officially ended in June of 09 was worse than all other recessions combined since the Great Depression. We were experiencing depression lite. All those jobs lost will not suddenly reappear regardless of policy. Most of the job growth in Georgia was tied to building, development and real estate markets. Politicians should have leveled with us. We are mature enough to accept the truth. Instead they are led by media hype. Every time the media screams politicians trot out with a pale of water to douse the flames. Until some company comes up with a must have big ticket item that consumners can’t resist or outsourcing is reversed we will see continue to see high unemployment.


October 21st, 2010
8:28 am

Don’t worry, once the Republicans regain control of Congress, all John Boehner need do is click the heels of his shoes three times and all of these lost jobs will magically reappear in less 24 months.


October 21st, 2010
8:54 am

I’m one of them….I’m tired of submitting 8 resumes a day for the past year with no call back what so ever!…So F it!…I’m going to hire myself..I hear the high-grade “Green” industry is booming if you know what I mean!…LOL

George Bailey

October 21st, 2010
9:14 am

Seems like the voters attention span and patience is getting shorter and shorter. They voted in the Dems because they were tired of the Repubs, now 2 years later, they are tired of the Dems so they are going to swing back to the Repubs. Instead of the ping pong match, why not just instill 2 year limits on any public office, so that we don’t have to deal with this BS anymore?

Jimmy B

October 21st, 2010
10:22 am

And let’s not forget, many companies in GA will not even look at an applicant who is currently out of work, so that 235,000 long-term unemployed don’t have a chance in GA of getting a job anytime soon. Gotta love the USA!

Johnny Depp

October 21st, 2010
10:28 am

Real American: If you are trying to make a point and say Republican voters are idiots, you may want to try writing a coherent sentence with no spelling errors…. otherwise it’s a case of the pot calling the kettle black.


October 21st, 2010
11:31 am

Employers are not hiring because they know they can work the employees they have into the ground without worrying they will quit. As long as the business is making money, this practice will continue. The politicans of both parties know this but say nothing because of the huge amounts of money Big Business gives them.

the wise one

October 21st, 2010
12:03 pm

folks all you have to remember is this the democrats have not had control in ga at all in the last 8 years and the republicans have gee mt 5 yr old grandson can figure that he they were the bosses for years and it got worse, that had there turn they have to go into time out and let some one else have a turn my the mouth of a 5yr old knows more than lots of adults sad huh


October 21st, 2010
12:16 pm

Joy for Georgia! We are about to elect Deal as Governor for another 4 years of this republican rule that has created a Georgia like this!!! We will endure another 4 years of high unemployment, bad education for our kids, and just a great republican place to be!!! Aren’t you THRILLED?


October 21st, 2010
4:12 pm

You read it here first! Barnes, and it won’t be that close. Surely we aren’t that stupid and gullible. But the job shortage has been fostered by both parties and the global economy. Congress has been content to pass laws that they knew would lose jobs to low cost production countries as long as we kept the higher cost goods. It has worked to some degree, we still lead in dollar value of goods produced.

economic picture

October 21st, 2010
5:53 pm

I thought the government economists said the recession was over months ago. What happened? It’s worse than ever.


October 22nd, 2010
2:13 pm

According to the BLS Total unemployment is close to 20%. (Where the reported Unemployment numbers reflect non-farm workers who are collecting unemployment benefits.) Total Unemployment includes everyone who wants a fulltime job but does not have one.
This means 1 in 5 full time wage earners is not in a full time job.
It also means each month on average, for every job opening there are over 400 unemployed persons. (not very good odds on landing that job!)
Put another way, there are more unemployed/under employed people, than there are men, women and children in Louisianna and Iowa combined, according to the latest census info.
If people actually sat down and thought about this, they would all have a ‘Oh Crap’ moment. It is no wonder that no party wants to talk about it.
Failure to find employment for millions of Americans, may mean a real housing collapse or at least a continuation of this situation for years, it means more cuts for government next year, and raising taxes isn’t the answer, it means millions more will lose health insurance and have to hit the hospitals, it means those who were near retirement may never find another job and thus be poorer in retirement… the list goes on and on.

It makes me think the single easiest way to create a few million jobs would be to inforce the immigration laws and institute a rapid deportation process. It may not be the best solution, but it could quickly get millions of Americans back into some type of work that would keep a roof over their heads. And in turn, jump start the economy.

Valerie Belew

October 24th, 2010
6:58 am

Deportation is not going to solve anything as long as outsourcing continues. Do you really think that the problem is with illegals working over here? Many major factories have moved overseas. Also, as has been stated above, the republicans have been in control of Georgia for years, so they are definately not the solution. George Bush was also president when the bottom dropped out. How quickly people forget. Obama can’t resolve problems it took years to create in two short years. Americans are so accustomed to a quick fix culture that we changed parties like underclothes because no one moves quickly enough. Giving even more power to the corporate giants who created the present recession will further erode the middle class. I have been one of the underemployed for a little over a year now, but did receive a full time job offer last week, and will begin full time employment on November 1. Since I will be managing a substance Abuse facility, I certainly don’t want the republicans taking over, and cutting the budget for our services again. It was Sonny Perdue’s 2009 budget cuts that caused my contract business to fail. Not treating substance abuse won’t save the state money, as housing and treating addicts in jail is more expensive and less effective. Sonny needs to learn some basic math. He is much of the problem why Georgia is in worse condition than most other states in the nation. If that is any indication of what republicans will do for us, we certainly don’t need for them to take over the senate or house of reps. (:v