Georgia unemployment falls slightly to 10.2 percent in February

Georgia’s unemployment rate fell to 10.2 percent in February from a revised 10.3 percent in January, the state labor department said Thursday. Initially, the January rate was pegged at 10.4 percent, which had tied an all-time high.

The February rate was down slightly — 0.1 percent — from a year ago, the labor department said.

February marked the 41st consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 8.9 percent.

“Job creation is the most important aspect of an economic recovery, and the slight increase in jobs in February gives me reason for cautious optimism,” state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a statement. “Also, I’m encouraged that we continue to see a reduction in the number of new layoffs. However, the growing number of long term unemployed is troubling.”

In February, there were 3,795,400 payroll jobs — up 0.7 percent from January, the labor department said. Most of the increases came in construction and service-related industries, including professional and business services, education, health care, and leisure and hospitality.

Also, 55,576 laid-off workers filed initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits in February — a decrease of 38 percent from January and 15.9 percent from a year ago. Most of the first-time claims were filed in manufacturing, construction, administrative and support services, and trade.

But the persistent problem of long-term unemployment keeps getting worse.

There were 263,200 long-term unemployed Georgians in February — those who have been out of work for at least 27 weeks. This represents an increase of 37.9 percent from February 2010 and 0.2 percent from January.

The long-term unemployed now account for a record-high 55.1 percent of the 478,104 jobless workers in Georgia.

- Henry Unger, The Biz Beat

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29 comments Add your comment

Obama

March 17th, 2011
5:41 am

See, the stimulus is working !!!

Obama

March 17th, 2011
5:42 am

See the stimulus is working !!!

Typical Georgia Democrat

March 17th, 2011
5:43 am

This is all George Bush’s fault.

Ole Roy Barnes

March 17th, 2011
5:49 am

If you morons would have voted for me, the unemployment rate in Georgia would be down to 3.4% or less.

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TnGelding

March 17th, 2011
7:49 am

Well, at least it didn’t go up, officially. Many of the long term unemployed are unemployable. They’re going ot have to go through a serious transformation to make themselves acceptable.

On reflection, it’s our subcultures, not our culture, that needs review. Most of us have turned out to be decent folks, especially the ones that hang out here.

Logic 88

March 17th, 2011
8:00 am

Many will have to develop a marketable skill before anyone will hire them…unless they want to be forever the person cooking the fries or spreading the pine straw.

Fletch

March 17th, 2011
8:48 am

TnGelding – “On reflection, it’s our subcultures, not our culture, that needs review. Most of us have turned out to be decent folks, especially the ones that hang out here.”

Thanks T! I just replied to your post over on Henrys other topic regarding Millionaires. I had to take a quick trip up to Opheim to check out the spring calves. Just got back to Atlanta this morning. Geez, looks like I missed a lot since I was away. lol

TnGelding

March 17th, 2011
9:48 am

Fletch

March 17th, 2011
8:48 am

Thanks to you. Do you use horses in your cattle operation? I’ve got a neighbor that needs a job that thinks riding a horse is work.

TnGelding

March 17th, 2011
9:56 am

Help! Neighbor just caled and needs gas money.

retiredds

March 17th, 2011
10:02 am

Job creation is the most important aspect of an economic recovery, and the slight increase in jobs in February gives me reason for cautious optimism,” state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a statement. “Also, I’m encouraged that we continue to see a reduction in the number of new layoffs. However, the growing number of long term unemployed is troubling.”

Yes, and the Republicans have been in total control of GA for the past 9 years. Where are the jobs? I thought the Repubs had the answers for that. Guess not!

Fletch

March 17th, 2011
10:06 am

TnGelding – “Thanks to you. Do you use horses in your cattle operation? I’ve got a neighbor that needs a job that thinks riding a horse is work.”

LOL :) Unfortunately we don’t really “drive” the cattle. We have a couple of professional wrnglers, but that’s about it. However, if your neighbor wants a real challange, I’ll be happy to hook him up in the branding chute. :)

Momma S

March 17th, 2011
10:34 am

These numbers do NOT mean that unemployment is getting better. When a person exhausts all their unemployment funds they are taken off the list. When a person goes back to school or any technical program, they are taken off the list. Every month people are running out of unemployment funds…they are still unemployed, just not in the eyes of the government.

TnGelding

March 17th, 2011
10:35 am

Fletch

March 17th, 2011
10:06 am

He says he has experience branding; could even go to Montana if you needed him there. He could use a change of scenery. Please call me (770-383-9223) with your contact information.

Still Looking

March 17th, 2011
10:36 am

The worst thing I ever did was help out an unemployed neighbor who found himself in the hole even deeper due to his own stupid decisions. If you aren’t related to me, I’m not obligated to help you, even a relative isn’t this needy. Having been unemployed myself for a long time, I’m not completely unsympathetic, but I also do not expect others to make my life better, especially if choices I made were the wrong ones.

TnGelding

March 17th, 2011
10:37 am

But more people are actually working, regardless of the unemployment number.

“In February, there were 3,795,400 payroll jobs — up 0.7 percent from January, the labor department said. Most of the increases came in construction and service-related industries, including professional and business services, education, health care, and leisure and hospitality.”

TnGelding

March 17th, 2011
10:39 am

Still Looking

March 17th, 2011
10:36 am

My wife agrees with you 100%! But I’m that sucker that was born that minute.

TnGelding

March 17th, 2011
10:40 am

..hang in there. It WILL get better.

gm

March 17th, 2011
10:48 am

Typical Georgia Democrat: Another idiot blaming Dem, when Rep have been running Georgia for 8 years plus, backwood Georgia idiots who vote agianst their interest.

Lets see what have the Rep in Georgia done for the last 8 years, oh, tried to pass a bill on Obama birth place, Liquor on Sun, dismantle hope, no new jobs to the state, but the hicks continue to run and vote them in every Nov. Oh I forgot its Obama vote the reason Georgia is last in everything””’

Still searching

March 17th, 2011
10:52 am

If Georgia was NOT a right to work state then the unemployment rate would not be as high as it is. Before an employer would be allowed to lay you off or terminate you, they have to have concrete evidence that your employment should end.

Double D

March 17th, 2011
11:03 am

My husband and I both had to move to another state in order to find work. We are both working with great benefits, I have a 6 mile commute, lower cost of living, no state tax and a much better quality of life here. We are both over 50. Atlanta is sinking ship. My advise, get out of GA as fast as you can, it will be years before jobs come back to the ATL, if they ever do.

No spin zone

March 17th, 2011
11:06 am

10.2 spin to be a good thing? No bias in media? HAHAHA. I’ll stick to fox. What would the headlines be if a Repub was prez. Bush was bashed at 4.5%. Oh the good old days….. Like the shirt says “miss me yet???”

Tuna

March 17th, 2011
11:18 am

TnGelding & Fletch: blog-posters, lovers.

Fletch

March 17th, 2011
11:27 am

Tuna – “TnGelding & Fletch: blog-posters, lovers.”

LOL, can’t speak for Tn, but I pretty much just stick to the blogging side.

TnGelding

March 17th, 2011
2:16 pm

Love to blog! It’s great to find someone that can express themselves without being disrespectful.

TnGelding

March 17th, 2011
3:07 pm

No spin zone

March 17th, 2011
11:06 am

The difference is how it was trending. I thnk we can all agree that Bush left us worse off than we were when he took office.

Mary

March 18th, 2011
1:14 pm

I have a college degree, computer skills, work experience and I still can’t get an interview. I have been looking for over two years. I would give up, but I do not have enough money to retire. I have even applied for receptionist and clerk jobs. I do not know what to do.

James

March 20th, 2011
4:38 pm

I’m in the same boat, Mary. Even people degreed and with many years of experience and exportable skills have been hit hard by this one; the competition out there is very tight. This isn’t being reported in the mainstream media. Hang in there Mary.

bob

March 24th, 2011
1:14 am

I am unemployed, but not counted in that number, because I don’t draw unemployment…..how many more are there like me….the real unemployment rate is about 17-18% if people like me were counted.