Seeing a change in the labor market?

Virtually every group is taking it on the chin in this economy — older workers, younger workers, blue-collar, white-collar, men and now — women.

AJC reporter Dan Chapman writes that women are catching up to men when it comes to unemployment.

In Georgia, the unemployment gap has narrowed, with 9.2 percent of women unemployed last year, about a percentage point below male unemployment, Chapman writes.

In the past year, as male unemployment has dipped significantly, the female jobless rate has barely shifted, according to the labor department.

For black women, unemployment stands at 14 percent, Chapman reports. Single women who “maintain families” are nearly twice as likely to visit the unemployment office as men who are married with a spouse.

Clearly, the labor market has not been kind to anyone. Long-term unemployment, for example, is getting worse, with 50.7 percent of the jobless in Georgia now out of work for at least 27 weeks.

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October 22nd, 2010
7:50 am

Welcome to the new reality an emphasis on exports by both major political parties wrought. They knowingly and willingly facilitated outsourcing jobs overseas. Now the same clowns say they are going to end the tax breaks that were part of the sellout. But those jobs were tedious and demanding, crippling the laborers so badly in many cases they couldn’t enjoy their much deserved retirement. We’ve also worked ourselves out of jobs with tremendous productivity increases over the last 3 decades. Maybe it’s time for a 35 or 32 hour work week? Sadly, not many of the unemployed are taking action to improve their prospects. I’ve been closely involved with four and they’re basically unemployable. At least I wouldn’t hire them.

I’m retired but I know people that are working 3 jobs, so they’re out there. Just keep looking and don’t be ashamed to ask for help, especially from your family. Mom and Dad might need to come off of some of your inheritance a little early to tide you over. Help is out here and many of us are glad to be of assistance; gives us a purpose in life. Take advantage of every opportunity to sell yourselves. Don’t be afraid to pursue new avenues and challenges. There’s something you can do as well as or better than anyone else.

The long term solution might have to be the return to an era when only one person in each household worked.

Corporate America is sitting on $3 trillion in cash and is taking advantage of the political sniping to postpone rehiring. We’ve got to change our buying habits to increase demand for products made in the good ole USA, as well. Cheaper is not always better. The job you save might be your own.


October 22nd, 2010
8:00 am

Some report will show up in foreign papers, especially in the news papers from gulf countries that
the job rate has improved in the U.S. So, the crude oil price will go up a few dollars, and the gas
stations are in a hurry to gouge the public a few cents.

But, now we need to find out the exact unemployment rate! I read in a report that the
unemployment rate is double of the national report. All the companies have laid off far higher
rate than 10%. Now, the greatest question to be answered is the exact unemployment rate in
the nation.


October 22nd, 2010
8:15 am

Note economist opine that when you give 99 weeks of unemployment insurance it baloons the unemployment percentage by 1.5 to 2% higher. The socialist dems have screwed themselves in this election. They are buying votes but instead of going into the election bragging on a 8.5% unemployment rate, it is 10%. If you tell people they can lay out for two years without working (any kine of work) you get people that will lay out for two years. This is pretty easy to figure out.


October 22nd, 2010
8:30 am

Hey Lou not everyone who loses their job wants to lay off of work for two years. Unemployment does not pay that much. I can understand people laying out for a month to get over the shock of being unemployed but not two years. I have friends who got laid off or fired and they are looking for jobs as we speak. Not everyone is lazy. As for the article I see more older people returning to work. For example I have a coworker who retired in earlier this year at the age of 72. She came back to work in two months and now works part time. Shouldn’t her kids be taking care of her?? It’s rough out there for people looking for a job right now and I am praying for everyone.


October 22nd, 2010
8:55 am

Reality is companies always look for cheap labor. Automation has eliminated many unskilled jobs, and off-shoring has devastated my field of technology as I am a unemployed tech worker. Democrats blame Republicans and Republicans blame Democrats however Democrats want to tax people to death for fairness and Republicans want open markets and competition for the sake of business which hurts many US workers. Unions think they have a right for things from their employer and forget they don’t work for the employer they work for the employer’s customers and when service and product is atrocious the consumer fires the company and all its employees, union included and the company eventually shutdown.

I have a master, bachelors and certification diploma’s therefore I have several resume’s and I can play the fool to get a labor job if need be. Unemployment happen to me in 2002 during the dot com burst where I had to wash dishes to make ends meet temporarily. I noticed some people have a certain pride especially people in my tech field and would not do certain menial jobs that were too obscure for them to take. These people lost out on a paycheck and the opportunity to satisfy our inner human need to work. We need to hold ALL our elected official accountable, Democratic, Republican, Independent, etc and sometimes they need to be fired. Lobbyist have bought off congress and all American workers suffer from the hands of the few.

Employed people don’t understand how picky some employers are now. I interviewed for a position which I was qualified for but was told essentially they wanted someone with more experience or an expert and I had 10+ years in the position. You can only pray, keep your faith and sanity as you progress through the trials of life.


October 22nd, 2010
9:06 am

As a 57 year old I’m experiencing a feeling of disinterest in working “professionally” again. A bit to early for retirement financially, not interested in working for 9 dollars an hour. It’s an employers market $$$ so it’s difficult to get excited about a profession at this time for myself. Occasional side jobs seem to be the answer for me at this time.


October 22nd, 2010
9:11 am

to Wasunemployed: This is why I cited “noted economists” in my comments. These are the doctors of the economic world and I value what they are telling us and their consensue is that 1.5 to 2 percent of the unemployment numbers are due to extended benefits to 99 weeks. I work in this field (not an economist) and I can tell you anecdotal evidence that supports their thesis.


October 22nd, 2010
10:51 am

This is a little off subject but something to know… Georgia seems stuck at a 10% unemployment rate. July was 9.9, August was 10 and now September is 10. During this same period our neighbors South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee are seeing small but consistent declines in their unemployment rates.


October 22nd, 2010
1:05 pm

Here are a few of the changes I have noticed.
1-When you applied for a job on-line, you use to always get some kind of return e-mail, usually confirming that your resume was recieved. Now, that confirmation is very,very, rare.
2-Companies use to say they would keep your resume on file for one year, in the event a better fit became available. That is gone. Now we are looking at 30, 60 or 90 days, if… they even keep them ‘on file’ or ‘in the system’. It seems like most are not.
3-In the past, contacting the hiring manager or HR manager was a good thing and a sign you really wanted the job. Today, most of those folks consider it a great inconvenience and do not want to be called and interupted. Even receptionists and co-workers are sick of it. At any rate, most will not take your call, and it may even hurt you.
4-In the past, you were not discriminated against for being out of work for 6 months or a year. Now, it is a huge factor for a lot of employers. Some make it clear in the job posting, most cull them out when the resumes come in.
5- A lot of jobs/positions that are posted, seem to get reposted a number of times, each one adding some skill or certification, while lowering the pay. This can make the process take 4-6 months.
6- And finally, from some of my HR friends, they are seeing no shortage of qualified candidates, unlike some of the newspaper articles we have all read. In fact they genarally get all the candidates they need within 24 hours of posting the job!
It is crazy out there.


October 22nd, 2010
3:14 pm

I have been without a real job for 2 years. I have had to work temporary jobs. Right now, I and working three part time jobs to get by, and I have returned to school.

Palin fan

October 22nd, 2010
3:54 pm

These lazy moochers should b cut off immediately from the government handouts (a.k.a unemployment checks).

Then you will see some people get off their butts and start getting serious about finding a job.


October 23rd, 2010
11:25 am

Hell, hire the damn Mexicans, the blacks won’t work.


October 24th, 2010
7:57 pm

No improvements. Thinking about moving now… I hear Dallas is under 7% unemployment now