Metro Atlanta’s jobless rate declines to 9.7 percent in April

Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate dropped to 9.7 percent in April, from a revised 9.8 percent in March, the state labor department said Thursday.

A year ago, the jobless rate also was 9.7 percent, the labor department said.

A total of 16,400 new jobs were added in the metro area in April — mostly in leisure and hospitality, and professional and business services.

Of the five core counties, Clayton had the highest rate at 11.8 percent. It was followed by Fulton (10 percent), DeKalb (9.9 percent), Cobb (9.1 percent) and Gwinnett (8.7 percent). The city of Atlanta posted a 10.6 percent jobless rate.

Last week, the labor department said Georgia’s unemployment rate for April was 9.9 percent, down from a revised 10 percent in March.

April marked the 43rd consecutive month that Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.0 percent.

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46 comments Add your comment

CHAD

May 26th, 2011
5:21 am

Does anyone else notice a pattern here…?

Atlanta is always lagging and good news always has a spoiler at the end. Buy American and stop supporting businesses that don’t employ us.

Best of luck to all of those out there without work. Remember: you will work again!

cc

May 26th, 2011
5:46 am

Don’t get me wrong- I am so glad to see it drop in headlines. However, that is a tiny percent of change for our large populated counties. Needs to be more! Let’s all hope and pray (whomever you pray too) that this is only a slow start. We need so much more money flowing again in Georgia and in the U.S.

A.S.Mathew

May 26th, 2011
5:55 am

Indeed, great improvement of 0.1%. How many got jobs, and what kind of
jobs they got?

Joe Biden

May 26th, 2011
6:16 am

I told you the stimulus would work…

Give us another 10 trillion dollars and we can keep employment below 8% !!!

cc

May 26th, 2011
6:37 am

Do you really see the stimulus as anything but a high interest loan?

imo, it in fact is probably holding us back now. We have a higher deficit to pay back. Who is it that is paying it back…. the tax payers. This might be why people are reluctant to do anything or hire anyone. The extreme wealthy are getting tax breaks and our country handing money out just dug the whole deeper.

Barack Obama

May 26th, 2011
6:43 am

Quiet, Joe. I’ve told you to keep it to yourself. Now please go back to playing with your toys. I’ve got a country to reign over!

cc

May 26th, 2011
6:44 am

Alright Obama- then quit trying to rewrite the map in other countries and try fixing ours.

@cc

May 26th, 2011
6:45 am

Good point, but I think the reason that business owners are holding back on hiring is twofold. First, they aren’t buying that the recession is really over. Second, they are worried (as most of us are) that this administration has no real interest in helping businesses be succesful and could come up with more anti-business legislation. No wonder they are sitting on cash.

Barack Obama

May 26th, 2011
6:46 am

Never! As long as I can keep the attention off of my Carteresque Administration, I’m in good shape.

cc

May 26th, 2011
6:47 am

True but if they do not hire then there is also no money flowing to people to buy more. It is just a vicious cycle… and hopefully something soon breaks it.

Stimulus was too small

May 26th, 2011
7:16 am

The economy is still lousy and it is Obama’s (and congress’) fault. Before the crash of 2008 we had one of the lowest unemployment rates of advanced countries. Now, we have the highest.

For those of you actually paying attention, leading economists (Baker, Stiglitz, Krugman) all noted at the time that the stimulus package was too small. It was roughly half the size it should have been. Also, it was too heavily weighted with tax incentives. Tax cuts are much less effective than direct spending.

Gad zooks

May 26th, 2011
7:23 am

Yes, Obama and congress haven’t done a great job.

But we should also note the poor performance of our state officials. They could have stepped-up road, bridge, mass transit construction but they didn’t. These projects could have been funded with bonds and would have had no effect on the budget.

Our legislature could have also taken out bonds to fund energy development. The kind of development that creates jobs and reduces the pollution. Yes, that kind of energy (solar, geo thermal, offshore wind). They instead gave utilities the power to fund elections. Talk about rigging the system.

Buzz G

May 26th, 2011
7:35 am

Dear Stimulus Was Too Small,

It is your brain that is too small. We already have a national debt of $14,300,000,000.00 and quickly rising. The value of the US dollar is shrinking. We have put our children and grandchildren into debt for the rest of their lives. And you think we should have had more “stimulus”? What do you think stimulus is? It is borrowed money. And someone is going to have to pay it back. I guess you figure it will not be you. You’ll leave it up to your children and grandchildren.

Why don’t you take your credit cards and stimulate for yourself. And then wait around and see what the stimulation does to your finances. That is exactly what the country has done and is doing.

Stop the spending madness.

native atlantan

May 26th, 2011
7:37 am

At this rate, things in Atlanta should be much better in a few years. I for one cant hold out that long, my commission checks are already looking less than half of what the should be.
For any of you folks complaining about how much you make, try making it work by having a job that pays you strait commission, and nothing more. Too many businesses are still doing with less, and the unemployment numbers are certainly driving that.

Red

May 26th, 2011
7:42 am

Gad – perhaps you didn’t notice but the whole build bridges, pave roads, etc. didn’t really do much in 2009 and 2010. What makes you think the state spending money on this would have done any better? All it would have done is put the state (you and me) deeper in the red.It may have given people a smoother ride to get to the unemployment office as well.

People are just giving up. People are starting to settle on one income families and lower wage jobs just to ensure bills are paid. “It’s the economy stupid!” and “Are you better off?” can and will be used next year.

successisuptoyou

May 26th, 2011
7:55 am

I have had four job offers since I moved to GA. I am currently making over 50k a year. I have a college degree, I worked hard, I save money, I live within my means…. YOU are lazy whiners who only want a handout…. How can you be unemployed if you have a college degree??

The unemployment rate for us is only around 4.5%…. If you think you are EVER going to make ANY money with just a HS diploma.. You are living in fantasy land..

Kapoonka

May 26th, 2011
8:00 am

First I wonder what the “true” figure is. Second when do all of the grads who can’t find work get factored into this baseless, non-sensical equation?. The numbers mean squat…i am still unemployed after over a year. The hardest job I have ever had was trying to find a job in Georgia…..

Kapoonka

May 26th, 2011
8:07 am

@successisuptoyou…Hey ding-dong …good for you!! Your statement, “How can you be unemployed if you have a college degree?’ is probably the dumbest thing I have ever read, and your blogging rights should be revoked. I not only have an advanced degree, but I also have over 25 years experience. You’re moronic if you think a degree automatically guarantees employment. I made six figures as a mortgage professional before the recession, and I will GLADLY work for less than half of that. They are not looking for experienced, degreed professionals who are 50 years old…plain and simple.

successisuptoyou

May 26th, 2011
8:25 am

Mortgage “professional,” says it all lol, how many questionable individuals or couples did you let buy mcmansions who now are being foreclosed on??

Fletch

May 26th, 2011
8:29 am

Let me preface this statment by making it clear that I am NOT a fan of the Obama administration and i didn’t vote for him. However, would any of you geniuses that are blaming the administration for the high unemployment rate in Georgia care to explain the low unemployment numbers in the Midwest? Or do you feel that Obama just has more love for them?

agonizingchum19

May 26th, 2011
8:39 am

I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, http://BidsWork.com

Fletch

May 26th, 2011
8:40 am

successisuptoyu – “How can you be unemployed if you have a college degree??”

How can you only be in the 50K range WITH one? Is your degree in basket weaving?

successisuptoyou

May 26th, 2011
8:46 am

1st year out of college…not too bad considering the national average is 37k

successisuptoyou

May 26th, 2011
8:51 am

At 22 years old, I would say I’m WELLLL above the average college graduate….

Fletch

May 26th, 2011
8:54 am

successisuptoyou – “At 22 years old, I would say I’m WELLLL above the average college graduate….

Your age says it all sport. Come back in about 10 to 15 years and enlighten us with your wisdom. As posted above, the game changes when you get older.

Sean

May 26th, 2011
9:27 am

Did you know that when you have problems with your AJC paper delivery on Sundays you must deal with contracted customer service representative in The Philippines? Looks like the AJC could hire one of those represented in that 9.7% to help their subscribers instead outsourcing Georgian jobs to Asia.

Ramzad

May 26th, 2011
9:39 am

It is amazing how people without an education, without the capacity for independent thought,
or the prospect for using facts to make a logical conclusion pick up their pitch forks and head
for the White House when it is time to sound like they know what they are talking about.

Unemployed Spouse

May 26th, 2011
9:55 am

Wow!! What a headline: Unemployment rate dropped from 9.8% to 9.7%! Hurrah! Recession’s over! Go Obama!

Tyler Durden

May 26th, 2011
9:57 am

You either have to change careers, settle for something less or relocate (maybe all choices) to get out of the hole. The problem is being over fifty. Nobody wants an older worker now. You are not your khakis.

Kapoonka

May 26th, 2011
10:03 am

@successtoyou…once again your presumptions are off base. I was a true “mortgage manager” and I never..ever…originated a mortgage that did not make sense and benefit my clients. I never put anyone in a pay option arm, and I was quick to tell someone they could not afford a mortgage if it didn’t make sense. I still have ex-clients call my cell phone for mortgage advice. Your age tells it all. You are wet behind the ears and don’t have any real life experiences yet. I have a son in medical school your age. For you to make the brash statement that all people who originated mortgages were unethical tells me you are a narrow minded individual. But your first post was a better indicator of that.

Fletch

May 26th, 2011
10:05 am

Unemployed Spouse – “Wow!! What a headline: Unemployment rate dropped from 9.8% to 9.7%! Hurrah! Recession’s over! Go Obama!

Wow!! Another one blaming Georgias UI numbers on Obama! maybe you can answer my question from 8:29 am as to why the Midwest states have much lower UI numbers than us? Or again, do you just suppose that Obama loves them more?

Kapoonka

May 26th, 2011
10:09 am

@Fletch…amen my friend!!!!!! Children!

Tyler Durden

May 26th, 2011
10:13 am

Once again, the corporate government leaders have us arguing with each other. Perfect.

Mass Dawg

May 26th, 2011
10:16 am

Please no more stimulus. If the figures are correct and it cost $800k for the jobs created via the stimulus, then we got taken. If the Government wants to create more stimulus, why don’t they hand $50k to each tax payer? Any time the government hands out money, it gets skimmed through so many layers that it never gets to the people who would beneift most.
Stop propping up Wall Street, Foreign Governments, and Fortune 500 companies, and give the money directly to the people who will spend or pay down their debt.

SuperSlacker

May 26th, 2011
10:22 am

Does anybody know where I canget the actual number of people hired as it rlates to the percent drop? What I would like to find out is how many actual people got hired.

cc

May 26th, 2011
10:42 am

Georgia could have used the money from taxes more efficiently. Instead I think we have seen them use it for the wrong things. I am sorry but as a tax payer I would rather see the roads, bridges, and other things we need to keep Atlanta wonderful. However, it seems that more of our money is mismanaged. I have been to some of the “birthday dinners” for our mayors and a few other of their events through out the year. I was insulted that all 80 guest were treated via their office. There is no need or reason for things like this. Be like other offices and just give them a cake or a day off.

@ successisuptoyou – You are either extremely green or just an idiot. I have two college degrees and over ten years experience. I have been seeking a job for 6 months now. I don’t even care what level it is. I just want to work. You know what 2 degrees and experience gets you….. Over qualified. This I will explain to you. It means they don’t want to risk the cost of training you because they fear that as soon as the economy gets back to normal you will drop the job and return to your field. So, enjoy your job and covet it because if you act at work like you sound here…. you might be on the other side of the fence.

Rochell

May 26th, 2011
11:08 am

OF COURSE THE JOBLESS RATE DROPPED!!! For the following reasons below:

1. They ran out of ALL their unemployment benefit payments.

2. They worked a temporary job that expired and do not qualify for unemployment..because they tried to better themselves and actually work a temporary job!

3. 6 flags and other jobs hired them as seasonal employees.

4. They gave up looking for work because it’s hard as hell to get a job in Atlanta or Georgia for that matter unless you KNOW SOMEBODY!

5. They had not choice BUT to accept a part-time job because all the crap the GDOL put a person through isnt’ worth it!

I GUARANTEE you that less than 5% people ACTUALLY got jobs!

This is so sad!

I bet you my last dollar that in October the jobless rate will skyrocket again…

BTW…The City of Atlanta ignorant mayor is about to lay off again!!!!! City employess watch out! But here is the kicker…they (All departments) will keep their buddies and sex partners working and the great professional employees will lose their jobs!

It happens all the time…so beware!

Get Real!

May 26th, 2011
11:19 am

Umemployed Spouse: YOU CAN’T BLAME PRESIDENT OBAMA FOR ALL THIS MESS! IF YOU MUST BLAME SOMEONE…BLAME BUSH! HE WAS IN THE WHITE HOUSE 8 LOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG YEARS AND MESSED UP EVERYTHING! STOP BEING LAZY AND GET A JOB!!

gm

May 26th, 2011
11:45 am

Unemployement in severals states are 8% and under, because the people in those states took the money and did what the money suppose to be for, jobs, but you Rep conservativies idiots put the same people in office for the last 8 years, and you blame Obama?
Hicksville let Sonny Perdue line his pockets up with the money that should have went to create jobs.
Deal, claim he would not take a dime from the Fed, yet he is going to Washington for money to help the ports, what a bunch of hyporites idiot who continue to vote these Rep in year after year in hicksville.

Jarvis

May 26th, 2011
1:07 pm

Rochell

May 26th, 2011
11:08 am
OF COURSE THE JOBLESS RATE DROPPED!!! For the following reasons below:

1. They ran out of ALL their unemployment benefit payments.

Bingo. A lot of the long term unemployed rode the welfare gravy train long as they could. Sorry if that sounds harsh, judgmental or politically incorrect but it’s true.

It was easier to sit at home on their butts and watch TV than to take a job that was “beneath” them. Now the government checks are coming to an end, and we”ll see thousands of these freeloaders go back to work.

Moving on...

May 26th, 2011
1:17 pm

GM…if I could understand your post I might agree with you. However, if you want to make an intelligent point, you really should work on spelling and grammar. Otherwise those “Rep’s” are going to have you for lunch.

I recently relocated out of GA to the midwest for a job. I received a 17% increase in salary and I work in a white collar field. But I want to point out to you that having a college degree isn’t always what it should be. I am a high school drop out with a GED and no college experience. I make $70k a year with great benefits. In today’s job market it’s about proving your worth to a company. Granted a college degree under my belt would definitely help me, but it also hasn’t held me back. I’m an intelligent person who has learned how to absorb everything I need to know in my field and utilize that knowledge to make constant improvements…therefore proving my own worth to the company I work for. I’m not saying this is the road people should take…get a college education…but also focus on how you can help a company accomplish it’s goals…not just on how you can get a job and pay your bills. Companies don’t care about your bills…they care about growing their business in an effective and efficient way…and if you don’t add to the bottom line…you are taking away from the bottom line.

So when you write your resume, focus not on your experience, but on your accomplishments. That’s exactly what I have done…and it works for me…that lowly high school drop out.

@Kapoonka

May 26th, 2011
1:30 pm

Sorry to say but a “mortgage professional” was nothing more than a glorified order taking salesman..which skills only translate into used car salesman or insurance jobs..I hope your advanced degree is in something you can actually use..if not your 25 years in the “mortgage business” is about as useful as a 4 year degree in baskeweaving.

I know too many mortgage brokers who ended up losing it all thinking that was a “good career choice”…

Unemployment is going to continue to stay high and companies are going to be reluctant to hire so long as fuel costs stay high and commodities inflation continues, which translates into greater costs for businesses to be profitable.

@moving on

May 26th, 2011
1:34 pm

you deserve a pat on the back for making a “intelligent” decision. Most of the people complaining don’t want to do what it takes to find employment, which may mean leaving ATL. As I tell my kids who are in college, be prepared to go where the jobs are..you have to think outside your comfort zone..

Jay

May 26th, 2011
2:23 pm

I have a question for the first commenter, CHAD.

When you say buy American, do you mean a) Buy goods from a company with its headquarters in America but outsources and offshores production and customer service and then does everything it can to avoid paying taxes, or do you mean b) Buy goods from a company with its headquarters in another country but has its production facilities in America yet has illegal aliens or non-citizens for a workforce?

Moving on...

May 26th, 2011
3:24 pm

@Kapoonka…if you read the news on a regular basis you would understand that increases in fuel costs and raw materials isn’t having the impact on the bottom of most companies that you think. Even while there are millions of people unemployed, companies are sitting on a huge bank roll of cash. The reality is that due to technological advances, companies can do more with less people. Think about the fact that a couple of decades ago it took hundreds of skilled laborers to produce a single automobile. Today, those same companies are relying on technology like robotics to assemble those same cars with about a quarter of the staffing requirements. Making those investments in technology has allowed companies to grow the bottom line even in times of recession.

The only way people will get back to work is if we have a rash of small business entreprenuers taking risks and opening new businesses. That isn’t going to happen until the credit markets losen up and the banks start loaning money again. Per a recent news report, banks have more cash in the bank and are more secure than they were when the recession hit…yet they are still licking their wounds from losses endured during the great recession. It’s going to be some time before the money starts flowing again, and until it does unemployment will remain high.

Jobs that have disappeared are not likely to return. Companies have learned to do more with fewer people. So the only hope for lower unemployement is through new business development. But those with the ideas lack the money…and those with the money lack the ideas or motivation to take a chance.

I firmly believe that we should close the tax loopholes for larger companies who are not expanding and hiring…and provide real tax incentives to those are willing to take a chance and open a new business. But the reality is that most business start ups fail in the first five years, so it’s hard to justify handing money to this group when there is a likelihood that the government will not recoup its investment through additional tax revenue. However I think it’s a risk worth taking because only the development of new businesses are going to put people back to work.

cc

May 26th, 2011
11:09 pm

I am surprised that no one mentioned the bottle neck effect. It is a theory that I have heard about since 7th grade macro- econ. The point at which the babyboomers hold a large percentage of the jobs longer than previous generations thanks to modern science and better living conditions. With them staying in the jobs longer it means less are available for upcoming generations. Coupled with the housing bust that has encouraged and in some cases demanded they do not retire. At some point, the job market is over ran…. too many people and only so many jobs. What is going to be really weird is when this flips and all of a sudden there are a demand for more people.

btw, I do mean to criticize or blame the baby boomers just the way the theory was laid out when I learned it. I will also say that I think this is only a small part of what is gone wrong here. I still blame our antiquated political system and people’s false sense of entitlement coupled with over outsourcing by our own companies.