Georgia unemployment remains at 9.9 percent

Georgia’s unemployment rate stood unchanged at 9.9 percent in October, marking the 37th consecutive month that the state’s rate exceeded the nation’s, the state labor department said Thursday.

The good news: The number of payroll jobs increased six-tenths of a percentage point to 3,837,700 in October, the labor department said. The increase was three-tenths of a percentage point in metro Atlanta. Most of the increases came in retail trade, temporary employment agencies, public and private schools, and health care.

But the persistent problem of long-term unemployment — those out of work for at least 27 weeks — got worse in October. There were 240,600 long-term jobless — an increase of 1.7 percent from September and 63 percent from a year ago.

The long-term unemployed account for more than half — 52.4 percent — of the 459,098 jobless workers in Georgia, the labor department said. That’s up from 30.7 percent a year ago.

A total of 57,494 laid-off workers filed initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits in October — an increase of six-tenths of a percentage point from September. But that represented an 18.6 percent decline from a year ago.

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

In reporting the data, the labor department said September’s preliminary jobless rate was revised downward to 9.9 percent from 10 percent. There has not been much improvement from a year ago, when the rate was 10.2 percent.

The national rate currently stands at 9.6 percent.

- Henry Unger, The Biz Beat

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Logic 05

November 18th, 2010
6:12 am

The result of more change we can believe in…


November 18th, 2010
6:19 am

This is all George Bush’s fault.


November 18th, 2010
7:30 am

Well, and these numbers are so wrong…I get sick of every Thursday these coming out and trying to say things are better. Dummies, what do you think it is going to do when the Christmas is over? These hiring numbers are just Christmas help, not for sure hard core jobs..and the gentleman who keeps blaming the current administration after 2 1/2 years, I hope to God someone holds you accountable for your actions for that long if not longer after you leave something you done!!! Just wanted to see history


November 18th, 2010
8:10 am

What we need to see is an accurate report from the department of labor. The report of 459,098 unemployed is down about 40,000 from previous reports of about 499,000. This means that either 40,000 Georgians have found jobs or that these folks have ran out of unemployment benefits and they no longer show up in the unemployment statistic. I venture to say that the latter is the real case because we’ve not heard of any organization (or groups of organizations) hiring 40,000 workers. Let’s be honest and report the real numbers. Reporting adjusted numbers does not change the real fact that we’re in a stagnate economic environment.

Buzz G

November 18th, 2010
8:12 am

Obama and the Democrats took $868 billion in money borrowed from the Chinese and spent it on a program to help out his supporters (a program called “stimulus”) and this is what we get for it. Our children and our grandchildren will be paying for it, and it has bought us nothing of substance. One thing I can say for sure, if instead of spreading this $868 billion to Obama’s cronies, we had spent it as a tax cut to the productive members of our society, we would be much further ahead today.


November 18th, 2010
8:33 am

True number is more like 14% and 17% nationaly.


November 18th, 2010
9:07 am

And Rome continues to burn………

Lance Link, Secret Chimp

November 18th, 2010
9:16 am

I thought everything was supposed to magically be better now that the Republicans were in the drivers seat. Let the trickle down begin!


November 18th, 2010
9:55 am

It’s interesting to note that soon after Mr. Deal was elected governor his first public event was collaborating with Arthur Blank and others to consider building a new football stadium. This really says it all, here we are with close to a half-a-million people unemployed and many more underemployed and at the top of our agenda is… ‘where are we going to play football’. I agree with Charles… “And Rome continues to burn….


November 18th, 2010
9:56 am

Age discrimination, immigration, and outsourcing has a lot to do with it. You go to local job networking events and take a good look at who is there!

I’m living in an apartment building where most of my neighbors are recent immigrants. Large families living in tiny, 1-bedroom apartments. They’re employer paid them to come over and give them a huge discount on rent (paying less than $300 than I am).

They live like slaves, are not Christian, & have no morals. Send their money back to their native country too!

Studies show that with quickly-changing technology, automation & robotics will overtake outsourcing & many more will lose their jobs! Large multi-national corps are focusing on this!


November 18th, 2010
12:12 pm

Mary: The Republicans do not take office until next year. You must still depend on the Hope and Change crowd until then. Sorry for bursting your bubble.

Question for Mary

November 18th, 2010
3:53 pm

Mary blabs …”and the gentleman who keeps blaming the current administration after 2 1/2 years”
then vomits …”Just wanted to see history”

So, Mary admits that she voted for Obama “historical” reasons and demands that people give him more time to do his job.

Question for Mary, how long are we suppose to give a man with Zero experience time to his job? Can we demand he do it between his numerous international vacations? Should he have tried to tackle the economy before or after ObamaCare? Was the economy less important that running around the country campaigning for his fellow Democrats?

Come on Mary, give us answers! And please don’t come back with “inherited from 8 yrs of Bush”, that line is SO overused!

Michelle Obama

November 18th, 2010
4:06 pm

Leave my husband alone! He inherited this mess, so we demand another term to have equal time as Bush. If not, you will all be labled haters and I will be ashamed of my country yet again! Barack and I are exhuasted from our recent overseas trips and vacay, so please leave us alone until after the Winter Break. We Muslims demand equal time while you Christians are taking time off. Socialism will begin again mid-January. Thank you loyal subjects.

double down

November 18th, 2010
11:14 pm

hope and change === yes we can! the recession is over!