Georgia unemployment rate rises to 10.1 percent in July

Georgia’s unemployment rate rose to 10.1 percent in July, from 9.9 percent in June, the state labor department said Thursday.

There has been no improvement from a year ago, when the state’s jobless rate was also 10.1 percent.

July marked the 48th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.1 percent.

The July increase was due primarily to traditional seasonal layoffs, with about 80 percent of them in state and local education, the labor department said.

Georgia lost 30,200 jobs in July. In addition to 24,500 jobs lost in government and education, business services lost 2,200, while construction lost 1,800. Overall, the number of jobs declined seven-tenths of a percentage point from a year ago.

On the positive side, manufacturing gained 1,400 jobs — the first July increase in manufacturing in 18 years, the labor department said.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler blamed the political environment in Washington for hurting job growth.

“I believe the recent lack of leadership in Washington is a contributing factor to the overall lack of confidence in the economy,” Butler said in a statement. “Due to this lack of confidence, we are seeing a business community which is hesitant to make further investments in this economy.”

The number of long-term unemployed workers — those jobless for at least 27 weeks — increased for the first time in five months to hit 251,100, the labor department said. The number of long-term unemployed remains 9.1 percent higher than a year ago. The long-term unemployed account for 52.9 percent of Georgia’s 474,577 jobless workers.

Also, first-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits in July rose 4.4 percent from June. Most of the first-time claims were filed in manufacturing, education, services and construction.

– Henry Unger, The Biz Beat

180 comments Add your comment

lol

August 18th, 2011
5:23 am

but i thought it was down to 8% last month… lol…. its all a scam. its 15-18% in reality. but nobody will ever publish anything that comes close to the truth.

Ole Reb

August 18th, 2011
5:38 am

The best thing Obama could do for the economy would be to call a news conference and announce he will NOT be running for re-election. But that ain’t gonna happen and unemployment ain’t going down either, until Obama is out of office. Prepare to continue to suffer another 16 months people.

Typical Democrat

August 18th, 2011
5:39 am

NO NO NO….the stimulus is working. Obama is doing a wonderful job.

Joe Biden

August 18th, 2011
5:43 am

Obama IS doing a great job!

He turns water into wine and he is making America shine.

Po

August 18th, 2011
5:45 am

I’m working on a new construction site in Brookhaven, a live, work and play development. The illegals working on that site out number the Americans working there by about two to one

Road Scholar

August 18th, 2011
5:46 am

Wait a minute! This is a Repub state w/ a repub Governor and legislature. Where are the jobs, esp after cutting business taxes! Just heard on tv that the unemployment rate for college grads is 4% in Georgia !

Democratic Plantation Dweller

August 18th, 2011
5:48 am

Democrats can solve all of our problems. Why should I have to be concerned about this. The government should be taking care of me.

Republican can not help us. They will expect us to get jobs and support ourselves.

larry

August 18th, 2011
5:49 am

Maybe we all could get jobs hosting tea partys. Or make Michelle Bachman a calender marking Elvis’ birthday and the day of his death. I mean where is that POG jobs plan at anyway ?

Did Bohner say the last election was about jobs ? Where are they ?

Po

August 18th, 2011
5:55 am

More jobs that lazy Americans don’t want:

PALMYRA, Pa. — Hundreds of foreign students, waving their fists and shouting defiantly in many languages, walked off their jobs on Wednesday at a plant here that packs Hershey’s chocolates, saying a summer program that was supposed to be a cultural exchange had instead turned them into underpaid labor.

In a way, they did. About 400 foreign students were put to work lifting heavy boxes and packing Reese’s candies, Kit-Kats and Almond Joys on a fast-moving production line, many of them on a night shift. After paycheck deductions for fees associated with the program and for their rent, students said at a rally in front of the huge packing plant that many of them were not earning nearly enough to recover what they had spent in their home countries to obtain their visas.

Their experience of American society has been very different from what they expected.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/18/us/18immig.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss

Clueless

August 18th, 2011
6:06 am

This is all the fault of George W. Bush.

sam

August 18th, 2011
6:12 am

Bush should really be in prison for destroying the country. Instead of doing anything for this country, he was fighting was against countries that had nothing to do with 9/11, given a blank check by the Republicans. And he watched and did nothing as the housing and banking industries collapsed. And somehow this is Obama’s fault? I guess the stupid people can keep drinking the FOX News Kool Aid and listen to the right wing extremists on WSB. And then of course you have the Tea Party extremists hijacking the future of this country. No spending of any kind. Government is evil. The Tea Party is leading the future of this country right off a cliff. I wish they would take all Republicans with them.

Barry

August 18th, 2011
6:21 am

Ain’t my fault, Y’all.
It’s the Tea Party … that’s right.. no, it’s Bush’s fault … no, wait .. it’s the oil folks … no, I mean the other Bush … or Reagan …. damn Arab Spring …
Just give me another 4 years of Hope and I’ll Change this country like you’ve never seen!
I swear, I’ll make these last 4 years seem like a sweet memory … don’t forget, we’re almost there… Viva La Revolution!

Love ya!, Barry

Cherokee

August 18th, 2011
6:21 am

A Republican state, with a Republican governor. We should be in high cotton, right? Right?

Much easier to just blame Washington, though.

But what the heck – Georgia will continue to vote for the Republican Tea Party – and we’ll continue to be at the bottom of the barrel in everything that matters.

Scott

August 18th, 2011
6:26 am

Don’t worry. Once we’re done laying off all of the teachers the unemployment rate will turn around.

Barry

August 18th, 2011
6:26 am

Oh yeah … I almost forgotted.

I got’s me a plan … yep that’s right!
I can’t release it now ’cause it’s super top secret!
It gonna make y’all some jobs…
it’s comin, I swear .. I was thinking ’bout it yesterday … I’m a waitin ’cause y’all don’t need jobs now …
Love Y’all!

Think Now is Scary!
Vote For Barry 2012

(I made that up myself!)

Your Comrad,

Barry O’

Typical Republican...

August 18th, 2011
6:31 am

I’m still waiting for the President’s to s**t out a job for me.

joe

August 18th, 2011
6:50 am

I think Bush’s whole plan was to destroy the economy and to funnel all the money to his rich buddies at Halliburton and Exxon Mobil and then hope that everyone blamed Obama. The problem was that the economy nosedived under Bush’s watch but somehow all the stupid people out there have such short attention spans that they seem to forget that. Somehow they seem to forget that under Bush, gas prices went from $1.50 a gallon to 4 bucks a gallon yet everyone seems to blame Obama for gas prices, because the right wing media that controls the country tells everyone to blame Obama. I think the right wing media was formulating a plan years ago to blame Obama for every disaster that happened under Bush.

independent

August 18th, 2011
6:50 am

Way too much of this partisan crap to get any CHANGE we can believe in… FOX = Far right . CNN = Communist News Network… Hard Ball = Softball for liberals…. the system is broken… I voted for Obama… because of Iraq and $pending .. now we have Afghanistan.. . and more $pending… TERM LIMITS… 1 6 year term… think about it.. cuts way down on all this campaigning… Lobbie$t$… please think independently….

Obama

August 18th, 2011
6:58 am

Class War Fare… Hate the Fat Cats… tax the hell out of them… join a Union….. lets close the new Boeing plant in S.C… they voted out the Unions ??!! my plan…. get a gov’t job….

Working Class

August 18th, 2011
7:01 am

independent: buddy, how do you think we got to Afghanistan in the FIRS place? You’re memory is f’d up. Instead of Bush FINISHING the job to begin with after HE is the one who went into Afghanistan, he bailed half way through and decided it was a good thing to go after Iraq INSTEAD! So when Obama took office, he ALREADY had TWO wars he was trying to babysit after Bush walked off the job! Your history lesson of the day was free by the way. Thank you.

Obama

August 18th, 2011
7:07 am

It’s a total lack of confidence…. they looked at my resume !!! Communist thesis paper in college…. I didn’t have any job history.., but look at my ACORN record… hate America preacher was a big part of my life…. but I got elected !! now I’m running again… come to my fund raiser at the Ritz Carleton… it’s only $20,000 a plate.. I love the fat cats if they’re democrats !!

independent

August 18th, 2011
7:12 am

Working Class…. then you don’t think term limits are a good idea ???. man you been drinking the Kool aid… don’t be late for work

pam

August 18th, 2011
7:16 am

If anything, Obama is just too nice a guy to fight these right wing and Tea Party extremists, who are intent on bringing down his presidency and destroying the country. I wish he would put up more of a fight but clearly he doesn’t have the stomach to fight these losers. I’m floored that anyone would be stupid enough to support a party like the Tea Party that is intent on bringing down and destroying the entire country. What a great plan they have. Let’s not spend anymore money. That’ll get the country moving again. That’ll create jobs. Shame on all the Republican nominees who are falling in line right behind the Tea Party extremists.

john

August 18th, 2011
7:20 am

Is this the “change that we can believe in”? And I agree 100% with Ole Rob…All those who voted for this guy…don’t complain!

Kanarstead

August 18th, 2011
7:22 am

Why is it that Texas is gaining jobs? Even high tax California has gained over 135,000 jobs this year.

Whats the problem Georgia?

President Decider

August 18th, 2011
7:26 am

I love the red state rednecks that turned a blind eye to what GW Bush was doing to destroy our great country for 8 solid years and now want somebody to blame it on.

I told you Republicans well over 6 years ago, “REAP WHAT YOU SEW”

You all voted for the village idiot so you are now getting what you deserve.

Mr. Snarky

August 18th, 2011
7:27 am

Good thing it’s not their fault…just keep cutting away at infrastructure and education and lowering taxes! Yeah, that’s the ticket!

Kanarstead

August 18th, 2011
7:27 am

The SEC, good football.

Economies from SEC states are the laughingstock. of the nation.

Woof,woof.

The Truth

August 18th, 2011
7:34 am

This is a republican state. The layoffs were in government state and local agencies. We talking teachers, policemen, firefighters, the court system. This has nothing to do with Washington. It has all to do with Republicans not wanting to pay the bills in hardtimes, by raising taxes. They would rather do without those services. Now the Georgia Courts are backed up with cases, but there aren’t enough administrative judges, clerks to process paperwork. Groegians get what thay voted for.
The same in college sports. The money from the state has supporting education has been cut not to the bone, but through the bone. that’s why college football is about to get crazy, all these states cutting money and the schools trying to make it up with TV and merchandising contracts from sports.
This has nothing to do with President Obama, this is all Governor Deal. We got a Bum Deal when he was elected.

Down and Out

August 18th, 2011
7:37 am

The country had to have a non-white in office and he was delivering change! Well he did! Every time those people are elected to office, disaster is the result. Look at Atlanta, Chicago, New Orleans, etc, etc, etc……..

Fore

August 18th, 2011
7:38 am

Yeah, things were really crappy when Bush was president…..4.6 unemployment & $1.86 for a gallon of gas

metoo

August 18th, 2011
7:38 am

Michelle Bachman promises 2 dollar gasoline when she is president.

President Barack Obama

August 18th, 2011
7:42 am

Soon I will release my plan for jobs.
First, I have to write it.

Hope and Change 2012.

Nancy Pelosi

August 18th, 2011
7:44 am

All of the problems in America can be traced to the Republicans.

We Democrats have all of the answers. I think we will pass another big stimulus … that should correct the unemployment problem.

darkside

August 18th, 2011
7:46 am

Lets see folks we have a Republican control state from the governor to the state congress they hold ever important office in the state we have one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation and since they know they are doing a really bad job rather than admit they can’t do it and quit the blame it on Washington,10 1 unemployment here lets look at other state north Dakota , 4.1 percent unemployment lowest in the nation? why you might say we cause its not run by republicans and they know how to work for the people there funny they have a democratic Governor and the state house and senate is controlled by democrats so yo decided 10.1 or 4.1 2012 lets change GA back to a blue moderate state and watch real jobs get created just a false promise and tax your tax money and get nothing for it think i am making this up go look for-yourselves

Damon Evans

August 18th, 2011
7:47 am

How bout them Dawgs!

Red panties… :)

The Truth

August 18th, 2011
7:47 am

To: “Down and Out” You’re statement is just racist.

The truth is that when blacks came to power in these cities, whites refused to work to keep the city prosperious. The withes took their money and went to private schools, moved to the Suburbs and they continuously vote to starve those cites of the money they need to do the basic jobs of cleaning, policing, firefighting, educating, and growing. It the old adage of if I ain’t in charge I’m not going to work with you. Does that sound famililar, maybe a little Tea Partyish… It all the same, just different names, but same attitudes. Conservative Whites with an my way of the highway mentality.

Wondering ?

August 18th, 2011
7:48 am

Are all Democrats clueless … or just the one responding on this blog.

Wondering ?

August 18th, 2011
7:51 am

Truth @ 7:47,

Get a clue.

wishing

August 18th, 2011
7:56 am

How long will Georgians continue to delude themselves in thinking that Georgia’s economic problems are not linked to GA’s recent infatuation with the Republican Party. Ask yourselves, were you better off in 2000 or now? Was our unemployment rate lower then, or now? Was our State budget better then, or now. Were home prices higher then, or now? Were the number of foreclosures greater then, or now?

Get a grip Georgians. The Republican Party is killing us.

HadIt

August 18th, 2011
7:58 am

The same people telling us that austerity measures will cure a recession are the same people telling us that the earth is only ten thousand years old and that people and dinasours coexisted.

Disgusted

August 18th, 2011
7:58 am

Let us all join the CEO of Starbucks and Boycott Campaign Donations; not that I would give anyhow mind you!

wishing

August 18th, 2011
7:59 am

By the way, for the record, Pres. Bush had zero net job growth in eight years after the largest multiple tax cuts in modern times. The promise then was, “let’s give back the surplus to the Job Creators.” I’d like to know two things, do you have a surplus now? And, do you see all those jobs. I guess it wasn’t such a great idea. The Dems had pledged to use that surplus to fully fund SS and Medicare for future generations, now the Republicans want to do away with both because there isn’t enough money in ‘their’ budget for either.

Rod

August 18th, 2011
8:00 am

Of course they blame DC. Of course they can’t be to blame. No one takes blame anymore that always look for someone else to blame.Always.

Kanarstead

August 18th, 2011
8:02 am

Glad you could join us Nancy Pelosi, your liberal congressional district in San Fransisco is booming, in fact your district outperforms all the Republican districts in Georgia, COMBINED!!!

Nancy, why are you hogging all the good paying jobs?

The Truth

August 18th, 2011
8:03 am

WAKE UP!!! THIS COUNTRY TOOK YEARS TO GET TO THIS POINT (WAY BEFORE OUR PRESIDENT OBAMA TOOK OFFICE)…CAN’T YOU ALL SEE THESE GREEDY CEO’S ARE ALL HOLDING BACK HIRING JUST TO PROVE A POINT. THE HATE AGAINST OUR PRESIDENT IS JUST DISRESPECTUL AND UNNECESSARY!!! THE HATERS WILL ALWAYS BE THERE BUT AT LEAST BE RESPECTFUL OF OUR LEADER…OH AND YES HE’S YOUR LEADER TOO

Dallas,Tx Dawg

August 18th, 2011
8:03 am

I am a firm believer that this joke of a President has downgraded the office which he holds. I didn’t vote for the fool, and he has turned us into a nation of government dependent bed wetters. The food stamp President blames the evil rich folks, but who else is paying for the 50% of Americans that don’t pay taxes ? I Hope there is enough Change to put gas in my car !! The community organizer is the WORST President we have ever had, but keep blaming Bush. The tree hugging left controled Congress from 2006 on, notice our dramitic increase in spending from then till now. Just keep printing money Obama, it will get better !!!!(yeah right). The people who voted for him couldn’t name one thing he had done while in office,just that he was black. Sad, that we have fallen so far, so fast. Maybe I’ll just kick back and let the government take care of me, seems to work for half the country. The Plantation mentality which the left seems to subscribe to seems to work. Hope and Change, What a joke !!! Obama is nothing but a used car salesman.

Another independent

August 18th, 2011
8:04 am

The national debt war about one trillion when Carter’s term ended. The near 14 trillion in deficit spending since then has been a two party effort. Reagan, Bush 41 and Clinton all had deficit spending of one trillion per 4 year term. W doubled that rate his first term and then tripled it his 2nd. The tax cut should have ended in 2005.
If Nixon and Carter had spent like those who followed then they would have been a lot more popular too.
Obama is not to blame for getting us into the mess.
But he and his team do not seem to realize the extent of the problem.
Bernacke is W’s pick for Fed chairman btw.
Greenspan did not pull the punch away twice.

tax payer

August 18th, 2011
8:04 am

If all those Kia Workers in that Kia Plant that Georgia taxpayers built for them actually lived in Georgia and not in Alabama, the unemployment figures would be better —- but, they choose to live in Alabama!!! And, Kia looks for them, not for Georgians, to work!!!

01HAWK

August 18th, 2011
8:06 am

As an African American, I can say that I voted for OBAMA because we needed change from previous administrations. I am a firm believer that you must give someone else an opportunity to do a better job if it is not working. I hate to say it, but to many of my race and Whites vote strictly on race and can not move past that issue.

I will not vote for OBAMA this next election. I do not vote based on race.

With country in a dire straits…………………………….It is time for someone else to try and see what they can do. With his approval ratio down to 39 %, I do not believe he will win anyway.

He tried, but it just did not work unless their is a miracle around the corner very soon. He was a part of history and that is what he will be remembered for. Can not say that he did any better than the BUSH guys who were terrible also.

TIME FOR A CHANGE.