Metro Atlanta unemployment stays at 10.2 percent in December

Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate remained stuck at 10.2 percent from November to December, the state labor department said Thursday. A year ago, it was 10.1 percent.

The number of unemployed workers in the area fell slightly to 270,900 — down 639 from November, the labor department reported.

But 31,319 laid-off workers filed initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits in December — an increase of 10.6 percent from November.

Among the five core metro counties, Clayton had the highest jobless rate at 12.6 percent. It was followed by Fulton (10.6 percent), DeKalb (10.4 percent), Cobb (9.5 percent) and Gwinnett (9.1 percent).

Last week, the labor department reported that Georgia’s unemployment rate rose to 10.2 percent in December, from 10 percent in November. Most of the first-time claims were filed in manufacturing, trade, construction, and administrative and support services.

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January 27th, 2011
6:36 am

Thangs is lookin up!!!!!


January 27th, 2011
7:32 am

These are the “official” numbers. I wonder what the actually numbers are? And, Monday I was in a Starbucks and heard two people talking about how they both had just lost their jobs. This thing continues.


January 27th, 2011
7:46 am

Save your money!
But go shopping.
But save your money….

Who’s gonna be first on the dance floor?
Employers or employes?


January 27th, 2011
7:59 am

..Grossly under estimated numbers..I wonder what the Good Ol boy is going to do about that? Its seems to us when jobs do come into the State they do everything they can to steer them away from the metro community…at the end of the day it probably doesnt matter, all the people that I know that came here in the 90s that contributed to the growth of Georgia at the time are so disgusted with the republicans theyve already hit the road…so yall can have it..the country, the world will slowly walk away and isolate you in your ignorance…keep it up repugnicans…youll be dancing by yourself soon! idiots!


January 27th, 2011
8:50 am

Hey Django…clean out the darkness and the sun will shine through


January 27th, 2011
9:04 am

Hey jimmie… Quit living in a fairy-tale world and look at reality… It’s not going to get better any time soon!

that's not encouraging

January 27th, 2011
9:15 am

Well duh & anyone that believe that these are the real numbers is living under a rock. Within the last week there was another article in a different paper that said it will be 2013 before we get back to “pre-recession” unemployment rate. But wait the AJC also reported that more people must be working because traffic is getting worse (again). HAHAHAHA Let’s all remember that this recession ended years ago.

ATL Company

January 27th, 2011
9:18 am

Though I certainly agree about the lack of republican foresight–
My comapny is busy, hiring and keeping our fingers crossed that it stays that way…


January 27th, 2011
9:37 am

But wait, Obama, Wall Street, and the media say everything is Great! Must be a misprint.

The real unemployment rate is around 20%.

Chief Wiggum

January 27th, 2011
9:58 am

It’s bad. Really bad. As others have said, the true numbers are even worse, when the folks who have given up looking are added in. I’ve been laid off three times in the last two decades. The first two times, I was working again within a week. This time? Holy moley. I’ve worked a couple of part-time temporary jobs during my time, but I’ve been out of work (in my field) since early 2009. It’s truly been a kick in the nads for me.

I’d guess, that at least locally, the true unemployment number is well over 15%, approaching 20%. Even those I know working, many are trapped in a lower-paying job or a part-time job, because they can’t find a job in their career field.

I won’t get much into politics, as this mess has spanned two administrations, and it goes way beyond who is president. The housing bubble was a big issue with this, and there was one particular congressman who denied anything was wrong with the way loans were being given out like candy several years back. Then, the defaults started happening, and that wascally wabbit congressman pretended like he had nothing to do with the problem, and blamed the banks.


January 27th, 2011
10:00 am

django: You’ve hit a bullseye here! My anecdotal experience has been similar in the last 2-3 years. More friends & acquaintances of mine left georgia in that time frame than left in my previous 28 years here. It’s not even a close call!
Many of them left for economic reasons but the pervasive anti- Atlanta, anti-metro Atlanta sentiment, the balkanism within the metro area & the strident over-arching knee jerk conservatism rampant in georgia has provided the extra motivation for most of them. Since the holidays, two more have announced that they are leaving in the spring.
Our status as an economic basket case, the prolonged lack of effective state leadership & the politically/socially backward atmosphere has been noticed elsewhere too. Recent migratory information shows that people have pretty much stopped coming to Georgia. The falloff of inmigration late in the last decade contributed to our large census count shortfall in the 2010 population figure announced a few weeks ago. Going forward, the days of Georgia gaining house seats after every census count appear to be in danger of ending.
I can’t wait to leave too & I would now if not for my relationship status & the real estate market. We both are gnashing our teeth to leave though in a few years when we hit retirement age.
In the meantime, the dismal state of affairs in georgia cause me to wonder what happened to the concept of political & social moderation & if georgia will EVER live up to its own state motto, “Wisdom, justice & moderation”.

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Dave from Colorado

January 27th, 2011
10:40 am

I moved to Atlanta in 1997 when there were more jobs than people to fill them. I made it to 2006 and my company decided to bail on Atlanta. I had 3 months to find a job or transfer to Denver. After 3 months of pounding pavement I came to the realization that the ATL would no longer be in my future, I moved to Denver and still work for the same company and live in the most beautiful state in the country…..Get out of the ATL as fast as possible it’s a sinking boiled peanut!!!


January 27th, 2011
10:52 am

atler8: I am curious, are you planning to move to one of the “enlightened” liberal strong holds like California or New York. States, that because of there inability to control there democratic voting habits find themselves with few options, bankruptcy being the most likely. Before you retort that California has had a republican Governor please consider that the foundation and policies of the entire state are so constrained by the liberal tendencies that what is called republican in California would be at best a blue dog here.

Georgia’s problem is not the much needed evolution to conservatism, it is the fact that we went all in on growth. When the world economy put it into reverse as a region dependent on expansion we were and are impacted significantly. Just like Phoenix and Las Vegas our economy was fueled by construction and development. These sectors are showing signs of gradual improvements. The lesson for Georgians, more particularly metro Atlantans, is diversification and the need to be creative in the luring of commerce to our region. That is certainly not the forte of the high tax, anti big business democratic party.


January 27th, 2011
10:55 am

I also can’t wait to get the hell out of this backwards state. I’ve lived in Georgia most of my life and in Metro Atlanta most of my adult life. As much as I love the beauty of the physicality of the state, I hate the backwards mentality of the majority of people as represented by the corrupt, pathetic representatives elected! I plan on leaving Georgia within the next 2 years (if I can unload my house).

R is for Recession

January 27th, 2011
11:10 am

The Republicans have been in control of Congress for some time now. Why isn’t the jobless rate going down?

ron allen

January 27th, 2011
11:12 am

rsc and atler8, could you take some of your sorry a$$ friends with you?

Georgia Born Georgia Raised

January 27th, 2011
11:13 am

This is no surprise here! I lost my job in late 2008 when things really started turning to crap and I haven’t fully recovered yet!!! Since then I have been working low paying temp jobs and crappy part-time jobs just to make ends meet. However, I haven’t been able to find anything in my field of Construction Management.

I figured that I’ll move out the Atlanta Metro area to Augusta (Georgia’s 2nd largest city) which I did in 2009 but things are no different here! We really need to replace the current leadership and the “Good Ol Boy” way of thinking before Georgia will rise again!


January 27th, 2011
11:16 am

The new congress took office 24 days ago. and the only thing they can do is slow down the crap coming from 1600 Pennesylvania Ave. Last I checked we have a couple other branches of government and the Republicans are still in the minority.

Real American

January 27th, 2011
11:29 am

Obama has struck a deal with China for 225,000 jobs he been in office only 2 years.
The Rep party has had control in Georgia for over 8 years, how many jobs have they bought to Georiga? but you idiots keep puting them back in office ””

R is for Recession

January 27th, 2011
11:30 am

And I guess the symbolic vote against Health Care is helping the jobs situation….


January 27th, 2011
11:45 am

Really, 225,000 to the positive and a couple million to the negative. As for the symbolic vote, it is a reflection of the majority of Americans opinion on the health care bill. I was happy with my insurance, now my company has had to increase the amount that we contribute because of the new and what will prove to be more expensive system.


January 27th, 2011
11:48 am

I was laid off form my job in Atlanta in 2008. I finished Graduate School at Georgia Tech, and worked for a friend. The entire time I applied to jobs in my field, other fields and rarely got any responses. So I moved back to the Midwest. I had 6 interviews and finally got a job after 6 months. Atlanta is a great place, but there just aren’t many jobs available. Leaving was probably the best decision I made.

Please Leave!!!

January 27th, 2011
12:13 pm

RWL1977, I like were this is going. If you were not born here leave! This state was doing fine in the 90s till people started coming here for work. Now it sucks! If you don’t like it, Please Leave!!!!


January 27th, 2011
12:15 pm

It’s not just Atlanta, the entire southeast continues to experience high unemployment. Mississippi (10.1), South Carolina (10.7), Florida (12.0), Alabama (9.1), Tenn. (9.4), North Carolina (9.7), and Ga.(10.2). And, these numbers have been increasing since September. The total number of unemployed in the southeast is around 2.9 million workers.


January 27th, 2011
12:33 pm

Amazing to see how much anti-transplant sentiment there still is in these comments. I am logging off before someone uses that lame “Delta is ready when you are” Grizzard-ism. It is BEYOND tired.

EJ Moosa

January 27th, 2011
12:36 pm

What is the total number employed versus the previous period? That’s the number that will tell you if things are changing.

And what is the breakdown between public versus private sector unemployed? Those numbers will also give you a better sense of the direction of things.

Real American

January 27th, 2011
1:19 pm

Ron: All those people have Rep Gov, but once again you idiots keep putting these people back in power.
Excuse me, health care has been going up for the last 15 years, now its Obama fault that their going up, what a bunch of idiots in this country.


January 27th, 2011
1:54 pm

RA:15 years is about the middle of the Clinton administration. Sounds about right.


January 27th, 2011
2:14 pm

Real American… Frankly, I’m not interested in whether it’s Republican, Democrat, Independent, Tea Party or whatever. I am interested in this high number of people that are unemployed. I’m interested in the impact it is having on this community, state, region and the country. I’m interested in discovering ways to put people back to work. I’m interested in working with any party or organization that is focused on understanding unemployment and underemployment; and is focused on solving this problem. Honestly, I don’t believe that either party understands this unemployment problem. We’ve not experienced anything like this since the depression in the 1930’s. There are no text book solutions.


January 27th, 2011
2:19 pm

Bust the unions!


January 27th, 2011
2:21 pm

ron allen:
By the time I go to leave georgia when I retire, it would seem that none of my friends will be left here for me to take with me.
And thanks for being personally insulting here with that comment, given thta you do not even know me or my friends.


January 27th, 2011
3:27 pm

I hope next time the leaders of this state will not put all their eggs in one basket (housing construction), and will be mindful of diversification! But, you know what? The bad part about this is that they won’t learn a thing from this, and will do it again!


January 27th, 2011
3:27 pm


R is for Recession

January 27th, 2011
4:28 pm

If it weren’t for the transplants, Atlanta and Georiga would be in an incredilbly sorry state of affairs. What do you think the economic engine of this state is? It certainly isn’t Valdosta, or Macon. You keep wishing the transplants would leave – then what. There would be no growth, empty houses, no construction, reduced tax collection, empty government coffers, and bankrupt cities all over this sorry state.


January 27th, 2011
4:33 pm

Wisup11: If you reread my original post to which you replied, you will find that I used the phrase “political and social moderation..” That is the ideal type of living environment for me so you have jumped to a conclusion about where I would want to live. You really are not “curious” as to where I would live either; you merely used that term as an excuse to bash California and New York to suit your own purposes here.
Have you been paying attention to the news about the looming $25 billion budget shortfall in Texas that their republican governor & his cronies in the state legislature tried to hide from the voters until after the election last November?
How about republican led Nassau County New York, a huge suburb on Long Island that is on the brink of fiscal insolvency.
So, it is not a given that a blue state or locale is poorly managed fiscally nor it is it a given that a red state or locale is well run fiscally. So your point is…?
As for the “…much needed evolution to conservatism…” in georgia, please tell me when georgia has ever been a liberal state? I’m almost speechless that you think that it ever has been!
When I moved here in 1979, it was run & controlled by conservative Democrats, with a sprinkling of urban moderates & a few liberals mixed in.
Now that the state has “evolved” to where the republicans control it lock stock & barrel, & am very hard-pressed to name a real, single. bonafide moderate amongst them, or at least one amongst them who is a serious leader.
How far to the right do you want this state to tilt? Is it not yet far enough to the right? The silly legislative moves & internal committee bickering as well as the scandals & fighting amongst factions in the state leadership hierarchy are both sad & comical but do not give much cause to believe that the future of georgia can be anything resembling a rosy one. The republicans are doing everything they accused the Democrats of doing when they led the state & which the republicans assured us they would not do if given the power to run the state.
Just look at the lack of real, quality legislative sessions since the republicans took it all over. There is no there there.


January 27th, 2011
4:39 pm

For someone unemployed, the unemployment rate is 100%. These numbers are so generic they have little real meaning. My biggest concern is the lack of plan by the GOP. It’s almost like they want it this way.

Iron League 13

January 27th, 2011
4:48 pm

The unemployment rate is based off of people ON UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS, that’s really it. So, the real thing is factoring in the people who’ve lost their benefits because they ran through their EUC. The truth is that in all liklihood REAL unemployment is well 0ver 10% and likely over 15 % also.

Besides pointing the fingers at each other and making this political (this transcends politics by A LOT) it’s time for us to look at the BIG PICTURE. Those of you struggling at your current jobs worrying your days away and those of you who’ve lost you’re jobs need to ask yourselves…Is this economy the average Americans fault? Who did this to us?

Just sayin, forget the political polarized CRAP it’s not helping. We need to find middle ground and always remember that a few well-to-do to megawealthy people that probably work in fields unrelated to your own PLAYED GAMES AND GAMBLED FOR THEIR OWN GOOD AND RUINED IT FOR EVERYBODY. Look into it and direct your anger where it’s deserved and agree to disagree on the other not.

Iron League 13

January 27th, 2011
4:49 pm

I should proofread

Former Georgian

January 27th, 2011
7:16 pm

Unemployment rate will most likely stay stagnant or increase in the near future if GA state government continue to cut its work force.
Here is why:
The bulk of the ARRA (aka stimulus) package went to tax cuts, then state and local governments. In the past 2 years, many state and local governments (incl. GA) had used stimulus dollars to keep their lights on. Now that Republicans have a majority in the House and ARRA funding is running dry, states have no choice but to start laying off employees.
Many people (especially those to the right of the political spectrum) keep saying how the Fed Gov is irresponsible but the truth is that if states can keep their own books straight, the Fed Gov wouldn’t need to have a stimulus package to bail them out.
Georgians have no one to blame but themselves for giving GOP total control of the state throughout the previous decade.


January 28th, 2011
1:16 pm

You have to visit the Atlanta, Georgia City Data Forum. They have tons of people moving in or wanting to move in with NO JOB prospects. Most of the forum members are business owners, realtors and even gays who state all in Atlanta is hunky-dory and all the publicity about the crisis is exagerated, made up and refuse to believe in real experiences from working families. We are receiving an influx of un-educated work force. We have job vacancies mostly IT, IS, Engeneering and Architecture which Ga state alone is not able to supply. Here (I am shocked) I see most who already left or are about to leave. There is also a strong military presence in Ga. We have 2 major installations moving out of Atlanta Metro by 2012. Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem. I wonder what impact that may have in the future.

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