Metro Atlanta unemployment rises to 10.4 percent in January

Metro Atlanta’s jobless rate rose to 10.4 percent in January, from 10.1 percent in December, the state labor department said Thursday.

Unemployment increased because of layoffs in manufacturing, construction and administrative and support services, the labor department said.

A year ago, the rate was 10.7 percent.

In January, Clayton County posted the highest jobless rate in the metro area at 12.7 percent. Fulton was next at 10.7 percent, followed by DeKalb (10.5 percent), Cobb (9.6 percent) and Gwinnett (9.3 percent).

Georgia’s rate for January, which was released last week, was 10.4 percent. That tied an all-time high.

January was the 40th consecutive month that Georgia’s rate exceeded the national rate, which is currently 8.9 percent.

Earlier this week, a Manpower employment survey forecast an improvement for the second quarter in the metro area.

From April to June, 19 percent of the companies interviewed plan to hire more employees, while 8 percent expect to cut staff, Manpower said. Another 70 percent expect to maintain their current staff levels, while 3 percent are not certain of their hiring plans.

This yields a positive 11 percent outlook for next quarter — compared with a positive 3 percent in the first quarter, Manpower said.

For Georgia, the outlook for the upcoming quarter is a positive 10 percent, Manpower said.

- Henry Unger, The Biz Beat

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afrosheen

March 10th, 2011
5:36 am

[...] Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rises to 10.4 percent [...]

Tracy

March 10th, 2011
6:13 am

Do you really believe it’s only 10.4% ? Get real.

The way the government counts unemployment is based on a system that excludes countless people who are unemployed and looking for a job.

It’s at absolute minimum 18% and probably around 20% being more realistic.

GB

March 10th, 2011
7:08 am

This is the second time I have seen the 10.4 % unemployment rate cited as the all time high for Georgia. Surely this is not correct. The unemployment during the 30s must have been double this or more.

felixthecat

March 10th, 2011
7:14 am

You should have stayed in school or learned a trade. Get a job. Quit belly aching. There is work available for those who network.

Henry Unger

March 10th, 2011
7:15 am

GB — It was probably much higher in the Depression, but there are no state figures going back that far. The state labor department said that Georgia and other states began compiling the official numbers in 1976.

Hmmmmm

March 10th, 2011
7:42 am

@flixthecat. I have a B.S. and two M.B.A.s 4 certifications and have taken countless training courses over the last two years and I can’t get anyone to even give me an interview. I apply for any and every job I can. If I can’t find work, what do you expect those who don’t have my skills and experience to do?

Bobby

March 10th, 2011
7:43 am

That isn’t anything yet. With the backwards Republican legislature raising taxes on everything and then claiming to lower income and corporate taxes they are going to chase more businesses out of Georgia. I would never recommend a business to relocate to Georgia under the current political climate we have here.

The Real Deal is screwing us over just as Perdue did so get used to higher than average employment Georgia.

David

March 10th, 2011
7:48 am

felixthecat; Even the educated are having a difficult time, maybe not as tough,but still many unemployed! Lawyers took a big hit in this one DUDE….Keep up on the news or keep your mouth shut until we ask you for your two cents!

Love David

nativeson71

March 10th, 2011
7:48 am

scramble
reinvent yourself
remove all weird jewlery / no perfume / no tats when on interviews
Be the change you want the world to be…

If the only place hiring is McDonalds….TAKE THE JOB…a better one will come along soon.

GB

March 10th, 2011
7:49 am

Marla Singer

March 10th, 2011
7:53 am

I heard the tiger blood factory is hiring.

Peter H.

March 10th, 2011
8:06 am

Nothing to do in Atlanta…Hooters, Hard Rock and back to your hotel room to feel safe again. Head west young people.

Sick and Tired

March 10th, 2011
8:15 am

It is Obama’s fault, yeah that is he is the blame for all the bad things and bad economy that Georgia face. Other states that are doing well and better is to the wonderful Republicans that know how to make the econonmy work. This mess in Georgia is Obama’s fault.

Obama

March 10th, 2011
8:20 am

But wait, Obama, the Media, and Wall Street say everything is wonderful!

The real rate is about as close to 10.4 % as I am a billionaire. Yeah, there are part time minimum wage jobs but now you can even afford the gas to pay that. I worked last week P/T and made $150.00 after tax and my auto took $65 in gas….yeah great

Tyler Durden

March 10th, 2011
8:29 am

Most jobs do not pay enough to cover the commuting cost.

Fletch

March 10th, 2011
8:30 am

Obama – “But wait, Obama, the Media, and Wall Street say everything is wonderful!”

Can you please provide the source material for your above statement? I don’t remember any of the above that you referenced saying that “everything is wonderful” as it relates specifically to Georgia or Georgias high unemployment rate, which this article is about.

As reflected in the gains in the stock market, the dip in the national unemployment rate and the fact that there are many states that are well below Georgias unemployment rate, overall things are slowly improving.

But again, I’ll be happy to review the source from which you gleaned the information for your moronic statement.

Buzz G

March 10th, 2011
8:43 am

There are a half a million illegal aliens in Georgia with jobs. Every entry level job from landscaping to carpet laying is filled with illegal aliens. I went thru the fast food drive-thru yesterday and the woman who took my order had a thick accent, the kitchen help was all speaking Spanish. I am trying to buy some carpet from someone who will assure me that the guys who install it will be legal. No luck so far.
I don’t believe for a minute that only illegal aliens will take these jobs. Americans with big education will balk, but in the end they will take them if that is all that is available.
It is time we send these illegal aliens back to where they are legal and turn their jobs over to Americans. Call your State Senator and ask him/her to vote for HB 87, which will do much to see that these jobs are turned over to Georgians. Do it now because the ACLU, the Chamber of Commerce and Chicken Pluckers Assn are all trying their best to defeat this bill. They all want an unlimited supply of super cheap labor.
Remember, illegal alien labor is cheap only to the employer. Many of the costs are carried by the taxpayer.
Washington has defaulted on their responsibility to control the border. Let’s get our state reps to do what they can.

Rich

March 10th, 2011
8:51 am

@ BuzzG – I could not have said it better ….

blazerdawg

March 10th, 2011
8:52 am

Construction and buying are picking up!

Charles

March 10th, 2011
8:54 am

Once again, so goes housing in Metro Atlanta, so does jobs in Metro Atlanta! Stop blaming politicians, etc… If you really want a target, BLAME THE WALL STREET SPECULATORS, AND BLAME THOSE WHO BOUGHT $400K HOUSES ON McDONALDS’ PAY!

DannyX

March 10th, 2011
8:54 am

You people knocking state Republicans are crazy.

Elections have consequences.

Republicans just passed the billboard tree clearing bill. They claim this will virtually end our unemployment problem.

Our lawmakers are hard at work creating a new Georgia!

Fletch

March 10th, 2011
9:01 am

@Buzz G

Agreed! I’ve always wondered how people in this state were able to afford homes, eat chicken and groom their lawns before the illeagal supply chain arrived.

I guess prior to 1983- present everyone lived in their cars with no food surrounded by weeds.

The Economy

March 10th, 2011
9:20 am

It’s gonna get worse, better prepare. The true # is around 17%, but they’ll never say that. Those jobs are not coming back, get used to half what you use to make. New way of living, better adjust.

Katie

March 10th, 2011
9:22 am

Look, this is just all part of the smoke and mirrors that the Democrats seem to always fall for. No one who knows economies or business believed it when the Feds showed ‘improved’ employment numbers. They are masters at changing the formula to show the math they need to show to support their ‘accomplishments’. You can only skew statistics for a short time before math consistencies do finally catch up with you. This is what we have now. Employment never really improved. Not only that, but a lot of people who have been unemployed for 2 years (and frankly, how could you be!) aren’t filing any more because they aren’t eligible.
What we need is real leadership.
What we need is for the attack on business to stop.
What we need is for the attack on lenders to stop – let them decide who is a good risk.
What we need is for the Supreme Court to get that Healthcare case ASAP so they can knock it out.

Only then will we see the jobs come back.

MrKnowGood

March 10th, 2011
9:26 am

It seems the economy has fundamentally changed and we are all trying to find a way to adjust to this “new reality.”

The fact is many companies are hiring…they are just doing most of their hiring in places like China, India, etc. And unfortunately, for a lot of companies, the ability to hire someone with a Masters degree in “rocket science” and a PhD in statistics who will work for roughly $12/hour outweighs the unemployment problem in the U.S. This isn’t Bush’s fault or Obama’s fault. It is the global economy. The same global economy that makes the IPad 2, big screen tv’s, and every electronic gadget in your house affordable.

Is it fair? No! But the only way we will overcome this “new reality” is by working together and solving the problems of the future. Blaming each other, and wishing for the past, will only ensure our economic demise.

Stan

March 10th, 2011
9:34 am

Katie…you are clueless and clearly one of those partisan nutjobs who listen to to much Rush “Druggie” Limbaugh. Any idea how high unemployment trended under Bush? In Dec 2008 it was 7.2% and continuing to trend higher….this along with a Republican controlled state House & Senate did not provide much leadership for our great state…..stop throwing mud like an idiot and come up with an original non-rush inspired thought

Vot

March 10th, 2011
9:36 am

nativeson71 hit the nail right on the head with his comment. Seriously, there are jobs out there if you are smart enough to see, grab it and attain it. Enough with the excuses. There are a plethora of jobs in IT. Become a entrepreneur. Lastly, take off the club gear, hide the tats, stupid jewelry. It is common sense. I got more work than I can handle. The job prospects will always be good when you are surrounded by people who want things handed to them or whine about being unemployed.

Stan

March 10th, 2011
9:39 am

Vot,
You are spot on. My naighbor could not find a job for 8 months….he cashed out some of his 401k….bought a Subway franchise and is feeding and sheltering his family…..this is not the same IT-related gig he had….but it shows how in hard times you have to re-invent or think outside of the box

R-GA

March 10th, 2011
9:39 am

The question remains: Is Obama a U.S. citizen? Don’t let all this talk of “unemployment” distract you, Georgians.

Stan

March 10th, 2011
9:45 am

R-GA,
If there was proof that Obama was not a citizen it would have come out…..you sound like one of those uneducated fools looking to stir the pot. W had major problems producing proof that he served in the armed services but it passed since Dems could not find proof

Mishap

March 10th, 2011
9:49 am

Fletch,
They had much smaller homes where kids shared rooms, cut the smaller lawn themselves or paid neighborhood kids whose parents didn’t realize an 8yr old w/ a gas powered lawn mower wasn’t exactly safe(my parents let me do it). Like it or not, we all benefited from illegal labor and now we’re paying for it now that they’ve established residency. The old American dream existed when the avg home could be paid for in 15 years and was well under 2,000 sqft. No wonder it only took a single breadwinner to buy it. Nobody had Directv w/ the NFL package and you watched what was on ABC/NBC/CBS/PBS. It actually sounds kind of like how many illegal immigrants live now.

Of course since those good old days in order to mask all the illegal labor from pesky INS, companies had to hire contracting firms like the defunct Indwell Corp. to provide non-English speaking labor force and redirect the immigration status to the point where it’s impossible to verify a person’s legality. It still never fails to amaze me anyone still supports Jenny Beth Martin/Tea Party Patriots and her hilarious sob story of losing everything they owned b/c the IRS handed them the ultimate smack down for not paying 600k in taxes on her husband’s likely illegal labor exploiting employment firm. Does anyone realize that those leading them in the xenophobic screams (and getting paid handsomely for it) of “Dey took err jerbs!” were the ones that facilitated taking many of them in the first place?

TnGelding

March 10th, 2011
9:52 am

Anyone willing to take any job can find work. This ain’t the time to be selective.

R is for Recession

March 10th, 2011
10:13 am

Thank goodness we have the Republicans in charge promoting the creation of jobs by raising the age for car seats, allowing for public-owned tree removal in front of billboards, and even outlawing GPS tracking devices on cars. I can’t wait until these job-creating policies kick into high gear….

Fletch

March 10th, 2011
10:18 am

@Mishap

Agree with all. There’s no doubt that there are certain benefits from the use of nearly slave labor tactics. (Chinese imports would be outrageous if not for the fact they can pay their people 10 cents a day). However, I really have a problem with any business that has to make use of the illegal immigrant population in order to be successful. Legal immigrants can work all they want, and should be given the same rights and priviliges as any other legal worker. If I have to pay more for services, food and ammenities in order to ensure that either an American or legalized citizen can have a job, then I am absolutely fine with that!

Happy wife

March 10th, 2011
10:25 am

after 18 months of unemployment, my husband JUST got hired. He had exactly one interview which led to the one job offer. Its wonderful, and we are so grateful, even though he is now making less than half of what he made in 2009. It is really rough out there.

deegee

March 10th, 2011
10:26 am

Businesses don’t choose to hire illegal immigrants because they are cheaper than US citizens. In most cases they are paid a fair wage for the work they do. Businesses hire illegal immigrants because they come to work on time every day, they work until it’s time to go, and they don’t complain about the job. All these business owners want is to be able to hire the best person for the job. In many cases, the best person is an illegal immigrant. If you want to unburden small and medium sized businesses just allow them to hire these people legally.

deegee

March 10th, 2011
10:31 am

Well, Happy Wife, I suppose we know why you’re so happy. We can only speculate on what your husband was doing over the last 18 months while NOT looking for a job.

Sick and Tired

March 10th, 2011
10:34 am

Do not look at our great Republican Leadership. They will get jobs in Georgia as soon as we get the birther bill passed, and remove the trees. Geez people we do not want big government telling us what to do in our state. We need smaller government.

GT student

March 10th, 2011
10:37 am

@deegee

It is incredibly difficult to find a job. It is very possible and probably even likely that “Happy wife”s husband was looking for a job throughout those 18 months. My dad has been on unemployment for that long or longer and he applies for several jobs per week (as you’re required to and provide proof of while collecting unemployment benefits). As a construction superintendent over 50, it is nearly impossible to find a position that makes enough money to even break even for gas mileage. Don’t be so quick to judge people. It shows your character.

gm

March 10th, 2011
10:43 am

I hope the job rate goes to 20% here in Georgia, you idiots continue to vote these idiots Rep in office for the last 8 years, and you expect different results?
I know those rep union workers in Ws are sorry they voted Rep back in Nov, where are the jobs? these idiots promised the people.
Listening to Hannity, Beck, Rush, scare tactic on Obama, while they cash their fat checks, what a bunch of losers idiots middle class conservative Rep are, where are the tea baggers(fakers) now? when the America people neeed them.

deegee

March 10th, 2011
10:43 am

GT student, it was really more of a joke, but read her post. Isn’t she saying that he had one job interview in 18 months? If not, then my bad.

“after 18 months of unemployment, my husband JUST got hired. He had exactly one interview which led to the one job offer. “

Value of Degrees

March 10th, 2011
10:44 am

@Vot: Don’t be stingy…share with us where all of the jobs are.

I know folks with Emory and Georgia Tech degress struggling…Engineers struggling. Folks just want to know whose hiring and where in the country (or world) so that they can move (hopefully with relocation).

GT student

March 10th, 2011
10:48 am

deegee, yes one interview, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t applying. My bad calling you out if you were just joking. It just gets to me when people assume all unemployed people just sit there without trying. I know my dad tries everyday and gets little to no calls – especially in construction because others will just underbid him drastically.

deegee

March 10th, 2011
10:49 am

BTW, GTstudent, I am over 50 and have seen 3 construction related recessions in my lifetime. One in the 70’s, (overbuilt apartment and office space); one in the 80s (S&L debacle); and this one in the late 2000’s. I am truly sorry that your dad is having a tough time in the construction industry. My question is, “what did he do with the money that he made while construction was red hot?” He had to know that the construction business is feast or famine.

GT student

March 10th, 2011
10:52 am

deegee, he worked for a company that laid him off when the industry went south. He has the talent on his own, but with the people willing to work for nothing, he just can’t compete.

Mishap

March 10th, 2011
10:52 am

deegee,
You basically stated that they are cheaper. Pay someone enough money and they’ll show up on time and not complain about the work. If I had a janitorial company paying $30/hr, I’d probably get a decent # of quality employees that work hard and don’t complain or at least the ability to pick and choose out of a sea of applicants. Of course that’s not realistic since janitorial jobs likely pay terribly but illegal immigrants have definitely depressed wages on the low end of the spectrum while various social programs have tried to protect citizens have likely created disincentives in this portion of the job market.

Illegals are generally working w/o much of a safety net since they can’t really collect unemployment and the # of companies willing to take the risk on them is somewhat limited. They don’t complain b/c most don’t know about OSHA etc and fear reprisal if they complain. Just like all those criminals figured out illegal immigrants keep their mouths shut, employers are able to exploit this. Having a McJob sucks but I’m pretty sure being an illegal immigrant worker sucks worse.

Dave

March 10th, 2011
10:58 am

This is old news we already knew the unemployment was falsely reported as 10.4 in January. What is it now that we are in March?
Do you know the real figure that includes the long term unemployed and those whose benefits ended months ago,or the people that have ended up homeless.

MBA grad

March 10th, 2011
11:00 am

@Hmmmmm — why is it necessary to have two MBAs?

Mishap

March 10th, 2011
11:06 am

Dave,
They do not calculate the unemployment rate based on collecting benefits. It’s a survey of people and extrapolated over the population. If you got fired for cause or ran your own business, you would be unemployed but unable to collect benefits. It takes into account those that are actively looking for work but does not include those that have given up. The filing for benefits number is based on the number of people applying for benefits. There are underemployed people but that is a separate value.

You may not feel that is accurate but it is consistent w/ how it has been done in the past and there are plenty of Economics PhD’s running the #’s. If you want to get a more accurate picture, you need to include stats on the size of the workforce compared to the population and other factors.