Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 10 percent in September

Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate fell to 10 percent in September, from 10.3 percent in August, the labor department said Thursday.

“While the local unemployment rate dropped, the change was primarily due to people leaving the workforce, often because of their inability to find work, rather than an increase in hiring,” state Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said in a statement. When people leave the workforce, they are no longer searching for work, so they are not counted as unemployed.

The number of unemployed workers in the metro area declined to 265,295 in September, down 8,755 from August, the labor department said.

The number of payroll jobs decreased by 4,000 in September to stand at 2,265,300.

On the positive side, 26,658 laid-off workers in metro Atlanta filed initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits — a decline of 21.7 percent from August.

Last week, the labor department reported that Georgia’s jobless rate was 10 percent in September. It was the 36th straight month that the state’s rate exceeded the national rate, currently 9.6 percent.

Statewide, most of the first-time claims for unemployment benefits were filed in wholesale and retail trade, manufacturing, administrative and support services, and construction, the labor department said.

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Larry Harris

October 28th, 2010
5:04 am

I don’t understand how the numbers are working on this.If you can’t find a job after a period of time you’re not counted as unemployed?I know LOTS of people like myself that have no more companies to apply to for work.

Henry Unger

October 28th, 2010
5:11 am

Larry: People who are actively looking for work, whether they have a company to apply to or not, are considered unemployed. People who have given up looking for work are not counted.

Larry A

October 28th, 2010
5:51 am

The jobs are out there. I have gotten three jobs this year. Two of them I just quit because ot the hours they wanted me to work. No, not all jobs will pay you the top dollars and let you work when you just want to. You just have to be WILLING TO WORK.

porko

October 28th, 2010
6:27 am

GET ON THE DRAW! THE BANKERS ARE DOING IT SO WHY NOT EVERYBODY?

Shaun T

October 28th, 2010
7:32 am

Michael Thurmond is the worst. The entire Department of Labor needs to be overhauled. Him coming out and stating that people have discontinued looking for jobs is a testament to how broken the system is. The DOL is not proactive in anything they do and their reactive attitude does not serve the best interest of the state. While Georgia Works is a good program they don’t have anyone out actively marketing it to companies to entice them into bringing in people to train. Thank God I have finally found a job after 18 moths so I can stop dealing with this inept system.

nativeson71

October 28th, 2010
7:43 am

When I was unemployeed…no one knew except for friends & family.
Is this some sort of high-level statics?
How do they arrive at this number?
F___king streets are PACKED with cars, the malls are packed…I know NO ONE out of work.

JET

October 28th, 2010
8:19 am

YES, UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROP BECAUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE EXHAUSTED THEIR BENEFIT. THEY ARE STILL UNEMPLOYED BUT THEY WILL NOT BE RECEIVING ANY MORE BENEFIT FROM THE STATE AND THEY PEOPLE WHO ARE REPORTING THAT THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPPED KNOWS THIS. MISLEADING BUNCH OF ……….

blkshepherd

October 28th, 2010
9:02 am

Well, for what I have observed and as an employed person I notice how Packed the malls always are especially on weekends and holiday weekends. Question. If so many folks are out of work WHERE do they get the money to SHOP until you drop. This has puzzled me for years. Apparently the situation of Unemployment isent as bad as the media is making it out.

People can shell out hundreds and thousands of dollars for flat screens and electronics yet have no jobs. Something does not quite Jell. Also, No one is starving. with all the over weight kids and adults I see daily there is NO shortage of food either.

SNOBAMA

October 28th, 2010
9:11 am

WoooHooo I just saw where the unemployment numbers dropped again. The lowest rate since Nov 2008. So if I do the math on this you get 99 weeks of unemployment benefits – it is currently October 2010 – 99 weeks equals November 2008 which tells me people have exhausted their benefits. The result is a drop in the unemployment rate. Please spin this in a positive way because I sure don’t see it. This is not an Obama issue or a Bush issue it is a gov’t issue and that will be corrected next Tuesday. Unfortunately the morons we elect next Tuesday will do the exact same thing that all the morons did for the past 20+ years – build their bank accounts and F@#k us!!!!

Dan

October 28th, 2010
9:13 am

There’s no shortage of food because people of good will donate and volunteer. Yes there are a lot of people wasting money on fancy phones, etc., but there are also a lot of desperate people out there in the shadows.

You want to see people who need food? Go to the Atlanta Food Bank – 59,000 people in Metro Atlanta rely on it.

http://www.acfb.org/advocacy_and_education/facts_and_links/

Sandy

October 28th, 2010
9:14 am

I have been unemployed for 2 years and off the unemployment rolls for 2 months. I actually was asked by the DOL to continue to certify, even though no payment was issued, but to continue to be counted as unemployed. I have spoken to several people that told me I should not be doing this for the DOL, they are only trying to keep the numbers up to continue to receive Federal funds vs. the states funds. Does anyone think this is correct?

TnGelding

October 28th, 2010
9:17 am

Bottom line too many people were working, or trying to, that should have been home taking care of the house and kids. And what about the underground and illegal jobs? Including them would put us at near “full employment.” Unemployment compensation is keeping many households running. How long can it continue? Come on corporate America, put us back to work! Obama is president and will be for at least two more years. We’re all going to have to start paying our fair share of taxes.

songbird

October 28th, 2010
9:43 am

TnGelding – perhaps it’s the men who should be staying home and taking care of the kids. Women are earning more degrees today than men and out earn the men. You must be an old white guy who is angry because a woman took his job.

N

October 28th, 2010
9:44 am

Just a guess but the parking lots are full at the malls because despite all the pain being felt out there 90% of people are still working and for those people the freak out that things are getting worse is starting to be a thing of the past. For those unemployed its a different story.

Kate

October 28th, 2010
9:53 am

Perhaps the full parking lots at the malls are from all the unemployed people walking around the mall in the afternoon because they have no job.

shadow7071

October 28th, 2010
9:56 am

Kate.. that’s a very good assessment. People go to malls for other reasons than to shop.

Lee T.

October 28th, 2010
9:58 am

Give me a break. The lead is typical AJC – “Unemployment drops” but leaves out that the rate is still 10%. Election year reporting to favor the democrats is nothing new at the paper that “covers the dixie like the dew.”

playthatfunkymusicwhiteboy

October 28th, 2010
10:21 am

The more I look into a lot of this I just have the feeling that what Thom Friedman and folks like him have been saying for years and years is finally coming about. Go look at the job boards – there are positions out there, well paying ones, but they require technical skills, scientific expertise, advanced finance acumen, etc. So they all kept saying, “stay in school, get degrees in science and engineering” because the days of working on an assembly line and making $25 an hour are long gone.

We are getting our rear-ends kicked on a global basis by countries like India and Singapore. There are positions, plenty of them, but now Americans are “too undereducated and inexperienced” to fill them.

A Hearty Cheese Sauce

October 28th, 2010
11:13 am

JET

October 28th, 2010
8:19 am

Precisely. And Socialist rags like the AJC tout 10% unemployment as a good thing. Were Bush in charge the headlines would probably state… “President Bush wants you FIRED” or “Bush Whitehouse causes 10% unemployment” “Its Bushs fault” or some other non-sense.

Tech Consultant

October 28th, 2010
11:25 am

@ playthatfunky….
You are correct. The recession is over for the IT/High Tech sector in the ATL. People are foolish to thing that the line job at the GM plant is coming back to ATL. Also, the DOL needs to be overhauled. My wife tried to work with them to identify potential candidates for her to hire for her company. They never returned her calls or commited to meetings. Pit-teee-full!

Job are out there, they are just requiring specific skill sets. The days of the “generalist” and “laboror” are over. I need skilled IT people on my team now, but few Americans are qualified to fill them.

Tech Consultant

October 28th, 2010
11:27 am

Hey Hearty Cheese – check your timeline and don’t pull “revisionist history” stuff. The current employment state resulted from Bush’s approach.

Rob

October 28th, 2010
11:28 am

This is idiotic nonsense. They try to make it look like it’s all getting better by saying people quit looking for a job so they are not counted. HOW DO THEY KNOW WHO’S LOOKING FOR WORK OR NOT AND HOW MANY THERE ARE? Also they quit counting people when their unemployment ends.
MR. UNGER YOUR ARTICLE IS SO FULL OF NONSENSE BS

[...] On the jobs front, metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate dipped a little last month. See the article here. [...]

Eric

October 28th, 2010
1:12 pm

Don’t worry real change is coming..
November 2nd

Bye ..Bye.. Barry, Nancy, & Harry thanks for nothing.

NEVER AGAIN

Rose

October 28th, 2010
2:56 pm

Tech Consultant: I totally disagree @ The recession is over for the IT/High Tech sector in the ATL.

I need skilled IT people on my team now, but few Americans are qualified to fill them.
My husband has I don’t know how many Certificates in MS, Cisco, aso., Masters Degree in IT and was unemployed for over 1 year. It seems like companies are looking for somebody fresh from College with 10 years + experience and the pay is 45k a year. He didn’t even got these jobs because he was over qualified. He dumped certificates, did not mention his masters just to get a job. He sent out about 1500 resumes, had interviews after interviews, sometimes employers were “nice enough” to let him know they went with somebody else, most cases no notification at all. So what is wrong with that picture?

NEW HOPE

October 28th, 2010
3:33 pm

I have been unemployed for 2 years now. I am so tired of looking for a job. I had to finally realize that I was looking to the wrong people to fulfill my agenda. I received unemployment for 2 years and never ever did they ask me for proof that I was looking for a job. As long as I certified the checks kept coming. I am only saying this because I want to let people know how the system is really working. Till this day I have yet to supply GADOL with any proof that I was looking for a job (some may have taken advantage of this and I am not saying every office in Georgia may have conducted bs. this way). I have decided to have my own company and do my own thing. This way I am making more money than I made when I was employed in the corporate world. Especially, now that my credit is bad and I have been out of work so long that there are now stipulations with most employers who want a stable work history. I see where the Republicans are going with this and there is not law that states they can’t do it. I will not be a victim I will be a victor!!!! With God in it I am already a winner!!.

Liberalism is a mental disorder

October 28th, 2010
6:11 pm

Real unemployment is around 17 % nationally and probably something close to that in Georgia. If a Republican were president, this would be reported around the clock instead these fake numbers.

TnGelding

October 28th, 2010
9:20 pm

songbird

October 28th, 2010
9:43 am

I was a househusband in 1976. I didn’t mention women or men.

TnGelding

October 28th, 2010
9:25 pm

Liberalism is a mental disorder

October 28th, 2010
6:11 pm

It hasn’t changed. The numbers aren’t fake. The commissioner clearly admitted people had dropped out of the workforce. But they’ll be back when hiring resumes. Until then those of us with the means are going to have to do more to help our families, friends and neighbors.