Metro Atlanta’s jobless rate jumps to 10.5 percent in June

The unemployment rate in metro Atlanta skyrocketed to 10.5 percent in June, from a revised 9.7 percent in May, the state labor department said Thursday.

The jobless rate is now higher than a year ago, when it was in 10.3 percent.

“The increase was caused primarily by two seasonal factors,” Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a statement. (Metro Atlanta’s rate is not seasonally adjusted.) “There were layoffs among non-contract public school employees, such as bus drivers and janitorial workers, and an increase in the labor force, as students began looking for permanent or part-time jobs.”

Metro Atlanta had a net loss of 4,600 jobs, with additional layoffs in manufacturing, trade, administrative and support services, health care and social assistance, the labor department said.

Among the core metro counties, Clayton had the highest unemployment rate at 13 percent. Fulton posted 11 percent, followed by DeKalb (10.8 percent), Cobb (9.8) percent and Gwinnett (9.4 percent).

In the city of Atlanta, unemployment hit 11.8 percent — up from 10.6 percent a year ago.

Last week, the labor department said Georgia’s unemployment rate, which is seasonally adjusted, rose to 9.9 percent in June, from a revised 9.8 percent in May.

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

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Ole Reb

July 28th, 2011
5:06 am

This is UGLEEE!

Second

July 28th, 2011
5:32 am

This hopey changey thing is working out just fine.

Road Scholar

July 28th, 2011
5:32 am

Hey Boehmer, where are the jobs? Deal? How is that trickle down working?

[...] Metro Atlanta jobless rate jumps to 10.5 percent [...]

federicoandres

July 28th, 2011
5:37 am

I remember from Economics 101 (many moons ago!) that an unemployment rate of 10% or higher usually marks the transition from Recession into Depression.

Does anyone see any improvement on the horizon?

reading

July 28th, 2011
5:45 am

“June marked the 47th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.2 percent.”
Neither Obama nor Boehner explains why Georgia is fairing much worse than the nation.

minortywhitemale

July 28th, 2011
5:45 am

how do you folks like the change now? I have had enough of the no experience leader looking like the fool. But, since its offical now that i am the minority my voice does not matter. The know-it-alls in washington are so much smarter than me (just ask them) they will lead me,take care of me, and feed me. ITS TIME TO FIRE THE ENTIRE LOT OF FOOLS AND GET THIS COUNTRY BACK ON TRACK

DLink

July 28th, 2011
5:48 am

5 days until default.

ND

July 28th, 2011
5:54 am

You are not in the minority. Quit whining.

Trickle Down-Bail Out

July 28th, 2011
6:00 am

Why don’t you guys have the Republicans, bail out recipients, and everyone else who’s received corporate welfare hire people!!!

Trickle Down-Bail Out

July 28th, 2011
6:02 am

Minoritywhitemale- our policies, yours and my own put us in this spot. We are reaping what we’ve sown for hundreds of years.

Do Isakson & Chambliss even care?

July 28th, 2011
6:28 am

Our politicians know that unemployment is a crisis but yet they play their stupid game of trying to scare us into taking cuts in social programs. Right now we need those programs more than ever!
I got so frustrated with them that I created a YouTube song parody that skewers their misguided and corrupt ways.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCpu8QhWS0w

Trickle Down-Bail Out

July 28th, 2011
6:28 am

Ronald Reagan requested and received 18 increases to the debt ceiling during his presidency. Look it up!!! What’s wrong with this Congress and this President????

shaggy

July 28th, 2011
6:29 am

If only half of that 10% would realize that they are done here in Atlanta and move away, we would have 5% unemployment, and once again be a shining light.

Throw out the Tea-Party!

July 28th, 2011
6:33 am

One of the major reasons for the stalemate in DC over the debt ceiling is the Tea-Party. Republicans are concerned that they will be challenged in a primary by a Tea-Party zealot. As such, the moderates are trying to appease these ideologues.

andy

July 28th, 2011
6:36 am

The Republicons now hold the entire state government. What have they done to promote the economy and jobs in GA? When the Dems were in charge, the roads got built, the economy thrived and murderers got fried. One thing is for sure: Georgiansnow have the government they deserve and now they are paying the price.

Jay Bookman

July 28th, 2011
6:38 am

Obama is doing a wonderful job !!!!

Job Programs!

July 28th, 2011
6:39 am

Enough of the B.S. about tax cuts. We need jobs programs. Don’t we need infrustructure built in this country. Didn’t a recent survey on infrustructure rank the US far down the list.

Joe Biden

July 28th, 2011
6:40 am

Andy @ 6:36 is right… the Democrats are wonderful and the stimulus is working.

HOPE AND CHANGE FOR AMERICA.

why not

July 28th, 2011
6:41 am

Our only hope is massive conservative take over in 2012 and businesses and everyone will begin to be positive again in 2013. Business will open and expand.
Maybe some banks will tear down some of the empty houses and then we can build some more and have some work to do. Maybe some people will decide to do jobs that illegals once did and we can begin to pull ourselves out of debt and government money mess. We can not survive with half of the citizens living off of government money.

Joe Biden

July 28th, 2011
6:41 am

Job Programs! @ 6:39am is right. Let’s borrow more money!

why not

July 28th, 2011
6:42 am

We need to end these life long benefits to unemployed. Go take an illegals job and stop doing nothing and taking government money.

Joe Biden

July 28th, 2011
6:43 am

Throw Out the Tea Party ! @ 6:33am is right.

We must keep borrowing and spending. Who cares about how this will effect us down the road.

shaggy

July 28th, 2011
6:43 am

If you don’t like it, I hear North Dakota is doing well, with 3% unemployment and affordable housing. Quit bit*hing and moaning…move.

Obama

July 28th, 2011
6:44 am

The stimulus is working!

peaches

July 28th, 2011
6:45 am

This is a shame.if atlanta dont have jobs take a chance and move .there are other places.HOUSTON TEXAS is CITY CITY IT IS BIGGER THAN ATLANT A GA .WE ARE HERE IN AGUSTA GA and my husband works with people that drive from atlanta everyday to work .its sad and then the company want to cut hours back.people are about to lose it.be cause they cant take care of family.sometime you have to move.Atl is just a BIG NAME WITH NO JOBS.

shaggy

July 28th, 2011
6:47 am

OK, just remember “unemployment rate”, next time you go to Walmart. Target, etc… and TRY to find something stamped “Made in America”.
I know you will buy the cheap crap anyway, but at least admit that YOU are part of the problem.

artyc

July 28th, 2011
6:47 am

tell the truth that the rate is more like 20%

andy

July 28th, 2011
6:48 am

Georgia (RED state) unemployment 10.5%

Massachusetts (BLUE state) unemployment 7.4%

I’ll say it again: The Republicons of this state have destroyed the economy, this state and the Tea Bags need to hear it. Things were just fine when the Dems were in control but Oh dear, everyone was so worried about gay marriage back in 2000. Who’s sorry now?

shaggy

July 28th, 2011
6:51 am

andy,

“Georgia (RED state) unemployment 10.5%”
(if we could get the yanks to move the unemployment rate would be MUCH better)

Massachusetts (BLUE state) unemployment 7.4%
(the ones that stayed, who didn’t move south-no net increase in jobs)

shaggy

July 28th, 2011
6:57 am

Another totally unecessary burden is carrying the unemployed that moved here as “refugees” from New Orleans. They used Katrina to find easier pickings, where they could stay unemployed predators…just like home.

almabowman

July 28th, 2011
7:00 am

However, we should expect further worsening on joblessness in the country in the next quarter because of political anxieties in the Middle East, check out an article called “High Speed University” for relation between a degree and job and the pay rate.

Cherokee

July 28th, 2011
7:02 am

Andy is right. We put Republicans in office to teach the gays a thing or two. Stop complaining about Washington. In GA, Republicans are in charge, and these are the sorry results that inevitably follow.

Mark in ATL

July 28th, 2011
7:06 am

Now this is hope we can believe in….thanks Prez….you are our hero.

Mark in ATL

July 28th, 2011
7:07 am

If you truly believe our state leadership is responsible for this unemployment rate you might be a little naive….this is a national/global economy. This isn’t 1911….we aren’t just selling stuff to each other here in Georgia any longer.

shaggy

July 28th, 2011
7:08 am

Cherokee,

No, andy is not right. If you REALLY, REALLY want change:
VOTE LIBERTARIAN!
BOTH ruling parties are hopelessly corrupt. One wants in my pocket. One wants in my bedroom, and neither secure the borders or insure our liberty, while engaging in worthless foreign ventures. (read Iraq, Libya…Afghanistan should have been won in 2002)

Mark in ATL

July 28th, 2011
7:11 am

Shaggy I agree…..they are both corrupt and I don’t trust any of them anymore. They only look out of their best interest…not yours and mine. The country is broke financially and it’s only going to get worse because no one wants to make hard choices that might hurt them in the next election.

Michael

July 28th, 2011
7:14 am

We have been trained to blame the politicians we hate at the moment when these things take years to go into effect. Now it’s a federal politician problem rather than a Georgia politician program. It’s really a jobs problem.

You can’t get jobs building houses when we have thousands of “used” homes for sale for peanuts. Building houses is a crazy large part of this economy. Govt jobs are a crazy large part of this economy. Cut both and all those workers stop buying goods and services. As shaggy above would probably note, the unemployment checks received by the unemployed probably extend their false hope and prevent them from moving on to a state with more jobs.

mom3boys

July 28th, 2011
7:17 am

At my house the unemployment rate is 50%. I have a 53 year old white male w/ an MBA…smart, witty….can do just about anything legal and moral…(and that is flexible, after >1 year w/ no job…). Let me know, I’ll send you his resume. Did I mention the 2 kids in college?

Julie

July 28th, 2011
7:18 am

States with the highest unemployment rates are red states.

shaggy

July 28th, 2011
7:31 am

Red States. Blue States.
Libertarians want Red, White, and Blue for me and you. The rest be damned.

Jeepy

July 28th, 2011
7:39 am

American “managers” are firing their way to a depression. While there are resonable needs to terminate employees businessmen go far beyond this. Also, about the only jobs they consistently
create are overseas. If American business cannot exercise reasonable restraint the government
needs to step in and enforce negative consequences on the decision makers.

A.S.Mathew

July 28th, 2011
7:41 am

10.5 unemployment is totally untrue-it is far greater than that.
Everything we consume except the food items is made in some other
countries, and the situation is not going to change at all very soon. Simply
tighten the belts, watch every dollar to survive. All the major
companies got too greedy and exported the jobs to overseas and imported
the goods to consume. Nobody saw this catastrophe earlier.

real john

July 28th, 2011
7:45 am

Shaggy,

Intresting you decide to cherry pick two states against each other…

Ok..I will bite…States going bankrupt…California, Illinois, New Jersey…All heavily blue, Democratic states. BTW, I know Chris Christie is a Republican. He is the only one trying to actually save New Jersey from complete collapse

real john

July 28th, 2011
7:47 am

Sorry Shaggy that was meant for Andy

Fletch

July 28th, 2011
7:57 am

Wow, it took less than an hour for the sheep to start with the Obama bleets. METRO Atlanta jumps to 10.5% unemployment – Obamas fault!, Traffic slow on 285 – Obamas fault!, Publix is out of M&M’s – Obamas fault!, I found dog poop in my yard – Obamas fault! Instead of trying to think of new and clever ways to lay blame for everything that bothers you on Obama, why don’t you focus on taking care of yourself. Obama sucks, but you can’t blame him for everything.

Joe Six-Pack Union Member

July 28th, 2011
7:59 am

Rule # 1 – It’s George Bush’s fault.

Rule # 2 – Only Obama can save us.

Rule # 3 – All people paying taxes should pay more taxes so Obama can give more to those not paying taxes.

Rule # 4 – All corporations are evil and rich, unless they contribute to Democratic causes.

Rule # 5 – Anyone who disagrees with the above rules is racist.

Rule # 6 – Repeat Rules 1 – 5 above, over and over.

Mark in ATL

July 28th, 2011
8:01 am

Tell em Joe……

Fletch

July 28th, 2011
8:04 am

And for all of our liberal math whizzes – that is a 9.2% increase in unemployment, not a .8% increase. These details are sometimes lost on most of you…including the President. Wait till we are officially downgraded, not because of republicans, but because our national debt has skyrocketed to 95% GNP. Moodys could care less about the squabbling in congress, our debt is too high and we don’t have any plans to reduce it.

Hope and change!

Fletch

July 28th, 2011
8:05 am

Joe, you are a stud!