Georgia’s jobless rate rises to 9.9 percent in June

Georgia’s unemployment rate rose to 9.9 percent in June from a revised 9.8 percent in May, the state labor department said Thursday.

The state’s  jobless rate has barely improved from a year ago, when it was 10 percent.

“The unemployment rate inched up slightly because of normal seasonal factors, primarily involving the end of the school year,” state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a statement. “Non-contract school workers, such as bus drivers, lunchroom and janitorial workers, are usually laid-off during the summer school break. Also, new graduates began searching for jobs and are counted as unemployed while doing so.”

The loss of 12,400 seasonal jobs in state and local public school systems accounted for the bulk of the 14,600 payroll jobs lost throughout the state, the labor department said. There were 3,818,600 jobs in June — down four-tenths of a percentage point from May.

On the positive side, there were increases of 2,900 construction jobs and 2,400 in the service industries, the labor department said.

While still very high, the number of long-term unemployed workers declined for the fourth consecutive month. There were 250,500 Georgians out of work for at least 27 weeks — down five-tenths of a percentage point from May. But, the number of long-term unemployed remains 8.9 percent higher than in June of last year.

The long-term unemployed now account for 53.6 percent of Georgia’s 467,454 jobless workers, the labor department said.

Also, the recent trend of an increase in first-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits continued in June. There were 58,981 initial claims — up 7.5 percent from May.

Most of the first-time claims were in manufacturing and business services, which includes temporary employment agencies.

On the positive side, there was a decline in initial claims of 9 percent from June of last year.

June marked the 47th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.2 percent.

- Henry Unger, The Biz Beat

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President Barack Obama

July 21st, 2011
5:39 am

How is that Hope and Change working out for you?

Joe Biden

July 21st, 2011
5:40 am

The stimulus is work!

Jay Bookman

July 21st, 2011
5:40 am

This is all the fault of Evil Republicans!

James

July 21st, 2011
5:46 am

Current government policies have all but stifled job growth in this country. Notwithstanding his support for Harry Reid, I think Steve Wynn has it right. Obama has been a wet blanket on creating jobs and what good open jobs there are out there, they are extremely competitive and difficult to crack the interview pools. I don’t think we have yet to reach bottom when it comes to unemployment. The pain continues to be real for many people.

Nancy Pelosi

July 21st, 2011
6:03 am

Obamacare has created 400,000 jobs every month

[...] Georgia’s unemployment rate rises to 9.9 percent in June [...]

James

July 21st, 2011
6:05 am

And just because Obama puts it on the teleprompter doesn’t mean it is true.

James

July 21st, 2011
6:12 am

Space Shuttle lands…10,000 jobs lost.

why not

July 21st, 2011
6:13 am

Spring of 2013 I hope we have some new Hope and Change and begin to get on track in the U.S. again. For now, hang on the best you can as individuals, family’s and busnesses.

artyc

July 21st, 2011
7:02 am

Why don’t you give the real number more like 20%
it would be nice if the Obama administration would give the true numbers.

James

July 21st, 2011
7:25 am

9.9% = 20.9%

Fletch

July 21st, 2011
7:36 am

And once again, I see the idiots are up early. Hey morons, the high unemployment in GEORGIA is no more Obamas fault than the low unemployment rate in NORTH DAKOTA is to his credit. I’m no fan of Obama, but could you sheep possibly come up with a new bleet?

Fletch

July 21st, 2011
7:38 am

Here sheep, here’s a list of states that must be holding praise Obama parades today since he obviously loves them more than Georgia:

Rank State Rate
1 NORTH DAKOTA 3.2
2 NEBRASKA 4.1
3 NEW HAMPSHIRE 4.8
3 SOUTH DAKOTA 4.8
5 OKLAHOMA 5.3
6 VERMONT 5.4
7 HAWAII 6.0
7 IOWA 6.0
7 VIRGINIA 6.0
7 WYOMING 6.0
11 KANSAS 6.6
11 MINNESOTA 6.6
13 MARYLAND 6.8
14 NEW MEXICO 6.9

Fletch

July 21st, 2011
7:40 am

artyc -”it would be nice if the Obama administration would give the true numbers.”

And it would be nice if sheep could tell the differentiate between STATE unemployment numbers and NATIONAL unemployment numbers. Last time I checked, Obama wasn’t in charge of the state of Georgia.

LULZ

July 21st, 2011
7:47 am

IN BEFORE WHINING ABOUT OBAMA. OH WAIT-

Fletch

July 21st, 2011
7:49 am

Sorry, that should have been “difference”. It’s still early here in beautiful Scobey, Montana. Where, by the way, the unemployment rate is also lower than Georgias. Do you think Obama loves cowboys more than rednecks?

James

July 21st, 2011
7:50 am

ND may have 3.2% unemployment, thanks in part to the health sciences industry and vast natural resources (untapped), a high standard of living, low housing costs, and friendly people but they still received just south of $700,000 in porkulus money, if you read between the mainstream media teleprompter.

Son in Law

July 21st, 2011
8:01 am

too bad more of the Georgia unemployed are not somehow related to Mr. Deal. At least in–laws. The unemployment rate would go down to zero. Drink your tea and blame Obama all you want. Blame Roy Barnes. Geogia has had nearly 10 years of Republican leadership. Get happy with them. The state and national Republicans ran on a promise to create jobs. Since they don’t know how to do that, now all you hear is reduce the debt. Stupid. I’m not going to sell my house to reduce my debt. I want a job to go into debt to buy a house.

Fletch

July 21st, 2011
8:02 am

James – “received just south of $700,000 in porkulus money,”

Awesome, then why isn’t Georgia beating them cold since they recieved over 4 Billion? Here’s the actual number for Georgia -$4,096,210,844 vs. North Dakota – $665,345,980. Again, explain to me the love Obama has for the Midwest and his hatred of Georgia. Or could it possibly be how each state is independently goverened?

Fletch

July 21st, 2011
8:04 am

I was just reading that due to the storms yesterday there was massive flooding on the interstates in Georgia, I suppose Obama must have snuck in and plugged all your drains.

Cavaga

July 21st, 2011
8:09 am

Aren’t your state representatives at the federal level responsible for any pork barreling? Therefore, in the South and Midwest, most pork barrel money is likely to come from Republicans, in the Northeast and Pacific Coast, from Democrats. Also, I could be wrong on this– no sarcasm– didn’t Congress elect to halt all ‘pet project’ spending? I thought they did, otherwise Port of Savannah would probably be dredging right now to make its port the most competitive in the South when the Panama Canal completes its upgrade for the larger ships to pass. Now I think all of that “mega ship” traffic will have to bypass to Norfolk or another truly deepwater port.

James

July 21st, 2011
8:13 am

If that is the case then why isn’t there a mass exodus of people from other areas of the country to the Midwest looking for jobs? Just because unemployment is low in the states you mentioned doesn’t mean there are large numbers of good job opportunities. Jobs? Yes. High-paying jobs? Not necessarily. Just get a mass influx of people into an area where there are not many jobs already and unemployment will skyrocket since it wouldn’t take many people to have a large population impact.

James

July 21st, 2011
8:16 am

Cavaga, you’re absolutely correct. Include in that bridges/highways/high speed rail lines to nowhere, tourist attractions located just a few miles from their homes, etc.

Son in Law

July 21st, 2011
8:17 am

and by all means, let’s have less regulation and but taxes on the true wealthy to 1950s levels since both strategies have been working so well since 2003. let companies like BP decide safety protocols. and let Bank of America, etc. determine fair customer service terms. Let the ‘market’ sort things out. how did that work?

Blah Blah Blah

July 21st, 2011
8:18 am

But wait, Obama and the liberal media says everything is great! To hell with Demo – RATS! They have destroyed this country!

Blah Blah Blah

Fletch

July 21st, 2011
8:19 am

That’s an excellent question, perhaps you should pose it tp the people that routinely post that they haven’t been able to find a job in Atlanta for the last 2 years. They might have better luck going moving to another part of the country.

It still amazes me that of the 4 states we do business in, Georgia is the only one that rourtinely blames Obama for all it’s misery. Nevada has the highest unemployemt rate in the country, and even they don’t blame Obama as much as the people of Georgia do. They blame Harry Reid, which is logical since he represents Nevada, but for some reason the elected officials in Georgia get a free pass.

Fletch

July 21st, 2011
8:21 am

Blah, Blah, Blah – “But wait, Obama and the liberal media says everything is great! To hell with ALL POLITICIANS! They have destroyed this country!”

There, fixed it for you.

atler8

July 21st, 2011
8:22 am

Thank you Fletch for your research here.
Also, as Henry Unger noted in his Business Beat column, it is he 47th consecutive month that Georgia has exceded the national unemployment rate. I wonder how, with our republican state leadership & conservative leaning business leadership, that could possibly be the case? Oh, and look at the abysmal record of bank failures in Georgia too. That’s a business field not known locally to be full of Democrats. They have cost our federal treasury a huge sum of money.
Frankly, the bloom is off the rose in Georgia & in most of the Southeast.

Cavaga

July 21st, 2011
8:25 am

That’s a good point James, I agree with you that pork barrel spending can definitely be problematic and should have more accountability than it does (I think the electorate is the only accountability with any bite and even then, we’re admittedly not that great at educated accountability), but that isn’t to say that all ‘pet projects’ are bad. Some, like the Port of Savannah, can have dramatic effects on a city’s/state’s competitiveness. Occasionally the objectives of representatives and their constituents actually align.

Fletch

July 21st, 2011
8:27 am

atler8 – “Thank you Fletch for your research here.’

Thanks atler. I’m not aligned with either party, so I really can’t stand it when people make broad statements that have little, if any, basis in fact. I don’t care if they lean Left or Right, it just comes across as partisan foolishness.

James

July 21st, 2011
8:29 am

Son-in-law, try getting a job in state govt. these days. Unless you know somebody in the current administration, not gonna happen. Meanwhile, we’re still being made to bend over and eat our peas.

Mary

July 21st, 2011
8:30 am

Bottom line is there are no jobs so we are going to hit bottom as a nation very soon!!! Having a job is MUST, not whether you are a Democrat or Republican, you still need money to exist and function in the good ole USA!!! I wish the real numbers would come out and stop the crap in Washington, bottom line with all of you fighting about party lines, if you have not walked in those shoes of those who have fought for two-three years to stay afloat you don’t have a CLUE as to what you are talking about!! NO JOB = NO MONEY!!!

A.S.Mathew

July 21st, 2011
8:32 am

The 9.9% unemployment is totally wrong, it may be double of that. How we can
have employment, if the stores are importing even bathroom carpet mat
and car mats made in China; instead of making them in north Georgia. As the ABC is taking
the lead to alert the American consumers about the foreign made goods,
let us all look at the country of manufacturing of every item we buy,
and boycott them if they are not absolutely necessary. We will be
unemployed for ever by consuming all the foreign made goods, and the
next step will be waiting at the soup kitchens but the soup may not be available. What a sad tragedy we
are suffering today!

Bill Dawers

July 21st, 2011
8:35 am

The 9.9% IS seasonally adjusted. It DID NOT go up because of seasonal factors, as Commissioner Butler claims (a claim not challenged in this post). It has been adjusted for those seasonal factors. The unemployment rate is in fact worse. Look at the other data released this a.m. Georgia has LOST 20,000 jobs year-over-year.

MARTA Rida

July 21st, 2011
8:37 am

You want low unemployment, move to North Dakota and Wyoming. The construction jobs that everywhere before the Great Recession were fake and lead on by cheap easy to obtain credit that has come back and bitten the economy in the butt. IT WILL NEVER GO BACK TO THE WAY IT WAS, get that thru your heads. The old way was unsustainable and it finely collapsed. I am doing better since Obama is in office than anytime Bush was in office.

Samantha

July 21st, 2011
8:38 am

This story has false information. When cafeteria workers are off in the summer time they still get paid. So that’s a lie that they don’t.

Red

July 21st, 2011
8:40 am

Fletch – you DO know that all of the 58 states of Obama are a part of the US right? State unemployment numbers all do go together. It’s a breakout. Looks like you must have taken math classes in Atlanta Public School. Nice of you to list all states and try to spin that some states are doing much better. This is true but the spin on it is false. Compare Georgia’s economy to North Dakota – tell me what major multi-national corporations are based in ND?

I really hope you can use more than the DNC talking points in rebutting an argument. You’ve taken shovel ready and turned it into a shovel full.

Average American

July 21st, 2011
8:42 am

“I am doing better since Obama is in office than anytime Bush was in office.”

MARTA Rida = Wall Street guy who received a bailout

REALITY

July 21st, 2011
8:42 am

@Fletch..I have to say I agree with you..when it comes to the unemployment rate we can thank the BUSH adminstration for THAT..as he left office he was more concerned about BAILING out his buddies on Wall Street, who KNEW EXACTLY what they were doing, than helping the economy. Regardless of WHO would have been President AFTER him, they were handed a hurricane of issues.

Obama, though has made some mistakes as well in his adminstration. He like BUSH always made programs to help the economy that were “optional.” We need a strong president, who says this is the way it HAS to be done. Our economy is in a broken off U with little signs of it getting better.

I would however, like to see the unemployment for GA broken down into counties rather than just the entire state. Considering there are parts of GA that are less fortunate to have huge companies providing for employment.

For those that are unemployed, well the list of states are available and like our pioneers, some times you have to pack up and move to greener fields!

Fletch

July 21st, 2011
8:45 am

A.S. Matthews – “We will be
unemployed for ever by consuming all the foreign made goods,”

Agreed. When I’m up here at the ranch, we ALWAYS trade locally. Partly because it’s good business, and also becuase the closest Wal Mart is 200 miles away in Williston, ND. I love coming to Scobey, becuase it really is a cooperative community ( even my phone and internet has to be through NEMONT, which was started by farmers back in the 1950’s. What I enjoy most though is that the people here don’t balme others for their problems. There’s not back and forth about Left or Right. Everyone takes care of themselves and the community, and are relatively unconcerned about who’s in the White House.

MARTA Rida

July 21st, 2011
8:45 am

MARTA Rida = Wall Street guy who received a bailout
Quiet the opposite, a hard working college grad who was raised by a single mom, in the inner-city. I learned to work for everything and not give up until you reach your goal. So you can go back to your suburban home and whine about how Obama is ruining the countyr when your boy Bush took a budget surplus and ruined it. Oh wait I thought Republicans are suppose to be fiscally conservative? Wrong ALL politicans are the same!

Fletch's brain

July 21st, 2011
8:46 am

Sorry I had to leave you but you stopped listening to me. If you had used me you would know that the Georgia job rate is a direct reflection of the national economic condition. Georgia is home to many of the greatest companies in the US which continue to hold back grow until the national policies of this country changes and ensure a return on thier investments.

Cavaga

July 21st, 2011
8:46 am

If the numbers are wrong, then they are at least consistent, the numbers from a year ago are based on the same, but updated datasets, as this year’s numbers. Personal experience or whatever doesn’t have any bearing on this large of a pool. If you think it’s all wrong, why don’t you check out what the BEA considers to be “employed” and “unemployed” maybe that’ll be the reason you feel misguided. Statistics can be deceiving, but in this case, they are consistent with the same definitions that they’ve been following for years.

James

July 21st, 2011
8:46 am

Clayton County has one of the highest unemployment rates in the Metro area; Cherokee County one of the lowest.

Samantha

July 21st, 2011
8:50 am

I know one thing for sure…people need to STOP blaming President Obama for what’s going on….We had Bush in office for 8 very long years. In less than 2 of those years he messed up the budget! President Clinton BALANCED the budget and Bush came right along and messed it up. So for all of you people that are trying to blame President Obama…go str8 to hell! :)

Liberal Elitist

July 21st, 2011
8:54 am

I had no idea Obama was the governor of Georgia. Thanks for setting the record straight, Tea Partiers!

Fletch

July 21st, 2011
8:55 am

Red – “State unemployment numbers all do go together.”

Gosh Red, thanks for schooling me in that. I don’t know much about the APS, I was born asn raised out West. Went to elementary, middle and high school in a little town called Brigham City, Utah. I got my bachelors from Utah State University and my Masters in Chemical Engineering from the University of Utah. 1st job out was missle defense at Thiokol (which by the way made the rocket boosters for the space shuttle as well). My partners and I work in Georgia, Nevada, Montana and California. I don’t play partisan politics, and being as our PEO business deals exrenxively with the DOL in 10 other states, I think I’m more than qualified to school you on how the UE numbers work. Now, what did you want to know about my math skills?

atler8

July 21st, 2011
8:58 am

James..
Speaking of high paying jobs, take a look at where Georgia stands in rank in per capita income.
When I moved here in 1979, it was well below the national average but zoomed up rapidly for years. As a matter of fact, the Atlanta Business Chronicle noted on Jan. 11th 2011, that from 1980 to 1996, Georgia ranked first in the county in it’s growth rate of per capita income. They wrote that it rose from equaling 83.3% of the national average in 1980 to 95.5% of the natinal average in 1996.
Since 1996, things have soured in Georgia in it’s per capita income growth to the extent that from 1996 to 2008, Georgia ranked 49th in it’s per capita income growth! Only Michigan fared worse during that time frame. The Business Chronicle noted that Georgaia fell back to having a 2008 per capita income that equalled 85.5% of the U.S national average.
So, it woul seem that Georgia stopped genrating good, well paying jobs years ago & now has stopped generating jobs at all, as we have exceeded the national unemployment rate now for 47 consecutive months.
Better enjoy gaining that additional congressional seat after reapportionment is finished as Georgia won’t be growing fast enough down the road for it gain one this decade. But, I’m sure that will all be the fault of Obama.

Fletch

July 21st, 2011
9:02 am

Fletch’s Brain – “Sorry I had to leave you but you stopped listening to me. If you had used me you would know that the Georgia job rate is a direct reflection of the national economic condition. Georgia is home to many of the greatest companies in the US which continue to hold back grow until the national policies of this country changes and ensure a return on thier investments.”

Right, that’s why I don’t deal in the stock market becuase they won’t assure me that there will be a return on my investment. Where were you 15 years ago when we started our business. It would have been nice to know that we weren’t assured of success due to the policies of the administration back in 1996.

atler8

July 21st, 2011
9:10 am

Fletch..
I have to thank you again, this time for having schooled silly Red & even sillier Fletch’s brain.
By the way, Fletch’s brain… take a look at the complete list of states originally given by Fletch that have unemployment rates way below that of Georgia. Tell me that there aren’t a myriad of large & Fortune 500 type firms in those 17 states.