Initial jobless claims rise in Atlanta and Georgia in January

There was a double-digit increase in the number of laid-off workers filing initial claims for unemployment benefits in January in metro Atlanta and Georgia, the state labor department reported late Wednesday.

A total of 35,038 laid-off workers in metro Atlanta filed initial claims for unemployment benefits — an increase of 11.9 percent from December, the labor department said. But there was a 13.4 percent decline from a year ago.

Most of the monthly increase in claims came in manufacturing and construction, the labor department said.

Statewide, 89,659 laid-off workers filed initial claims in January — an increase of 18.5 percent from December. But there was a drop of 5.9 percent from January 2010.

Much of the monthly increase in statewide claims occurred in manufacturing, construction, administrative and support services, and trade, the labor department said.

“Most of these were seasonal layoffs that occur each year,” state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a news release. “However, I am concerned that the number of long-term unemployed Georgians continues to increase. This is a sure sign that the state’s job market remains soft.”

There were 262,700 Georgians who have been out of work for at least 27 weeks in January. This represents an increase of 47.1 percent from a year ago, the labor department said.

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February 16th, 2011
6:21 pm

But the stock markets up and the wealthiest 2% are even more wealthy, so it’s all good. US can outsouce once high paying jobs to third world s7itholes and allow illegals to do jobs, “Americans don’t want,” at half the pay. Cue video of slow-mo flag waving in the breeze and bald eagle soaring over the land.


February 16th, 2011
6:55 pm

I did an application for Home Depot. Lets see what happens.


February 16th, 2011
7:37 pm

Cramer called bottom to housing 2yrs ago.BUY BUY BUY!

Barack Obama

February 16th, 2011
7:38 pm

Never trust a Democrat with your wallet. I’ll never address the deficit. Spend, spend, spend. Out of money? Raise taxes baby… it’s all good.


February 16th, 2011
8:37 pm

Officially there are close to 500,000 people unemployed in Georgia. That’s a big number. Most people believe (and analysts agree) that the real number is much higher. In the Southeast the official unemployment is 2,876,457 people. Our forecast is that unemployment will continue to rise at this rate through 2011.

There is no bottom in housing

February 16th, 2011
9:22 pm

Housing is worse than it ever has been and unemployment is not getting any better…all government spending has done is dig us deeper in debt and created few jobs or stimulus to housing…housing is below a double dip.


February 16th, 2011
9:53 pm

I have been unemployeed for 2 yrs now, im not lazy…I get up every morning have coffee and go straight to the computer searching (even out of state). My unemployment was cut off after 16 1/2 months so I have nothing. I keep hearing that jobs are opening up…can someone tell me WHERE besides India and Mexico.


February 16th, 2011
11:28 pm

Why not concentrate on the number of employed? There are plenty of jobs to support us. We just have to get the right workers in them. There is absolutely nothing wrong with staying home and taking care of the household. Much of what the two worker home earns is eaten up in job related expenses. As long as we keep buying cheap foreign goods don’t expect the job market to get much better. Corpoate America is riding high with low labor costs and more than half of sales coming from offshore operations.


February 17th, 2011
12:09 am

Not sure why my comment was removed…pretty harmless. Moderator must have extremely thin-skin.


February 17th, 2011
1:30 am

I thought the government economists said the recession was over long ago and the economy was picking up—what gives? It’s worse than ever. Even lot rent jobs at malls are getting 300 applications, most with no benefits.

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February 17th, 2011
6:43 am

well if these “There were 262,700 Georgians who have been out of work for at least 27 weeks in January. This represents an increase of 47.1 percent from a year ago, the labor department said.”

would get to the voting poll next time we can add some more to the list of out of worker you think


February 17th, 2011
7:04 am

There is a growing trend of companies refusing to hire anyone who is unemployed. The thought behind this practice is that if someone was laid off or hired, there is something wrong with them. They only want to hire employees away from other companies. How is the unemployment rate supposed to decline if the only people being hired are those who already have jobs. Corporations are given big tax breaks, yet they aren’t being held accountable for their impact on unemployment and the economy by refusing to hire unemployed workers.


February 17th, 2011
7:45 am

Jobs, jobs, jobs is all we heard during the last election campaign. So we went out and voted in droves for the red mirracle. From Mr. Boenher’s Congress we now hear abortion, kill big bird, kill high speed rail, repeal this and that. Education, research and innovation is for wussies. No EPA breathe smog, no more food and drug inspectors, more spare F-35 jet engines. From the gold dome in downtown Atlanta we hear Sunday alcohol sales, immigration, faux ethics reform, sue the federal governemnt, conduct state government by using gold and silver as a the currency, lets’s not offend the Christian coalition. Be careful what you wish for folks.

The Economy

February 17th, 2011
7:52 am

And they said it was getting better, lol. Look, this isnt gonna get better for many yrs, and when it does, you wont recognize it. New way if living, and its not our parents dream anymore.

Mike's wifey

February 17th, 2011
7:54 am

My husband was laid off in the 4th round of layoffs at his company in July 2009. He,too, gets up every morning and searches online for a job, and once a week visits businesses with his resume. He keeps the house clean and cares for my disabled sister and does a great job, but I know he wants to be working and we sure could use the income. We are getting by, but just barely. He’s 54, not overweight, had one very slight heart attack a few years ago. He has applied for retail jobs, fast food jobs, and jobs in his field. Thank God we lived frugally and saved some, but we have lots of friends who lost their homes due to unemployment. I am beginning to think it’s going to take a revolution to get our government to stop holding hands with the rich and do something for middle America.


February 17th, 2011
7:54 am


The Economy

February 17th, 2011
7:57 am

PS, housing will fall another 10-20% and not come back for 5-7yrs.

What ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 17th, 2011
8:30 am

The ones I feel sorry for are the kids right out of school with no job experience. They will never get a job. Not in this ecomony. And just wait, when the jobs do open up the pay rate will be so low on these jobs that you wont be able to live.

Real American

February 17th, 2011
8:34 am

Corey : Aman

once again middle class conservatives got played:
As a liberal I was so glad when Rep got elected in Nov, I wanted America to see what a bunch of hypocrites they are, its has been 2 mos and you have not heard anything about jobs, when you idiots go out and hate the President and vote against your own interest, every one suffers. Rush, Hannity, Palin, are still cashing the big checks while you dumb $$$ are out looking for work.

Fed Up

February 17th, 2011
9:28 am

There are almost 400,000 illegal immigrants in Gwinnett County alone —-reported yesterday!!! This country should be ashamed of itself….they let the illegals in WHO DID TAKE OUR CITIZENS JOBS – to put $$$ in the hip pockets of BIG BUILDEERS AND BANKERS…..Our state/country is in a shambles…the true unemployment rate in this state alone is certainly closer to 20-25% – #s do not tell the truth…only those who are currently receiving unemployment…

We should ship ALL of the illegals back from whence them came and then watch the companies have to pay a LIVING WAGE and do some HIRING……..


February 17th, 2011
9:55 am

Fed Up,
You’re suggesting 1/2 of Gwinnett County’s population is illegal immigrants? I believe the number is a bit over 400k for the entire state. That’s still significant but you’re being a little hyperbolic. Yes, they can take up services and depress wages at the margins. If you want to stop it, stop letting contractors sub everything out till there’s no way to document anything. If they can’t make money and access services, they won’t stay.

These numbers were for initial jobless claims. The overall unemployment number comes from surveys and not who gets unemployment payments. If you’ve been unemployed for 3-4 yrs but continue to actively seek employment, then you are counted as unemployed. Yes, there are issues w/ underemployment etc but I still don’t see a lot of non-Hispanic people standing by Home Depot looking for day laborer work.

Smoke screen

February 17th, 2011
10:02 am

I predicted double digit jobless claims for January when I was laid off in December. I went to file for unemployment right away and was told by the state workers that, if I would wait until January to file, I would qualify for 26 weeks of benefits. But if I insisted on filing in December, then I would only qualify for 13 weeks. I don’t think that is legal and I suspect they were just out of money to pay us at the end of the year and/or trying to make December’s numbers look better falsely. Of course I opted to wait until January, as did many other potential December applicants. That is what skewed the January numbers.

Interesting Observation

February 17th, 2011
10:37 am

Smoke Screen they were doing you a favor because when you file the amount and the length you receive depends on your total base period wages. In other words another quarter wages would be added to your total base when the quarter changed. The wages you had in the system in December did not reflect your most recent wages. Don’t let your paranoia overrule your common sense.

more government money

February 17th, 2011
12:00 pm

the government needs to start giving out a lot more money for living expenses and benefits—I’m not getting very much and need a lot more.

Gaurav Khanna

February 17th, 2011
4:59 pm

And for most of these recent unemployed, there will be atleast a monthlong separation-shock. their initial resume and cover letter would be crappy. they would only see some light into their second month and that is only if they are at it like 10-12 hours a day. Why, because we lack affordable expert help. I am Gaurav Khanna, President and CEO, of that has been launched this week to provide the needed help in just these scenarios. I want to see a world where separated employees get expert help rightaway with the pick of a phone. Only then can we expect to see the balance tipping towards unemployed getting positive results quickly.


February 17th, 2011
7:40 pm

More cut in federal spending-states are balancing the budget by
laying off more employees, so more people are going to be in the
unemployment parade.

run out

February 17th, 2011
10:51 pm

when my unemployment runs out in a few months how am I supposed to get money to pay utilities, rent, etc.???