Metro Atlanta unemployment slips to 10.4 percent in July

Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate fell slightly to 10.4 percent in July, from 10.5 percent in June, the state labor department said Thursday.

There has been no improvement in the jobless rate from a year ago, when it also was 10.4 percent.

The July rate dipped because there were 14,000 more people employed, the labor department said. And there were fewer layoffs in health care and social assistance, educational services, and accommodations and food services.

Among the core metro counties, Clayton posted the highest jobless rate at 13 percent. It was followed by Fulton (10.9 percent), DeKalb (10.7 percent), Cobb (9.5 percent) and Gwinnett (9.2 percent).

Unemployment in the city of Atlanta was 11.6 percent in July, down from 11.7 percent in June.

Last week, the labor department reported that Georgia’s unemployment rate rose to 10.1 percent in July, from 9.9 percent in June.

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

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

– Henry Unger, The Biz Beat

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Rick in Grayson

August 25th, 2011
5:13 am

Our immigration policy doesn’t make sense during this recession.

We continue to allow more legal immigrants into the US than the number of new jobs being created. We can’t even keep up with our population growth.

Now Obama has declared an open borders immigration policy where illegal aliens will not be deported until they have committed and been convicted of a felony.

Foreign nationals can enter the US on a temporary visa and never leave. We don’t have a viable program to track the whereabouts of those foreigners here on temporary visas.

We don’t have a national policy to deny jobs to those who are in the country illegally.

Republicans and Democrats have done nothing to change the status quo as we continue to dig a deeper unemployment hole. A drop in the unemployment rate is nonsense since workers continue to give up the search for employment.

President Barack Obama

August 25th, 2011
5:39 am

The stimulus is working! Look the unemployment rate is dropping. This should be enough to satisfy the dump masses.

lol

August 25th, 2011
5:50 am

good good.. some improvement. you still have a few years until you get to the real number, which is 15%.

dont be scared. slowly edge it up. dont panic the sheep.

William

August 25th, 2011
5:53 am

Barry doin’ the best he can…
y’all just needs to give him 4 mo years so we can break 20%

Jimbo

August 25th, 2011
6:11 am

Here’s the sad truth: a lot of those workers displaced or shut out in this recession have minimal chance of finding full-time employment in the future. The demands of the labor markets have been evolving for the last 20+ years, but the systems in place to prepare people to thrive in these changing conditions have just not kept up. There has been a growing cultural bias against education and learning, which fits perfectly with an ever-declining level of quality in the public education system. I don’t see any signs that this situation is going to change any time soon. Unfortunately, there seems to be a real lack of comprehension especially among young people that if you have no skills for which the labor market wishes to pay you money, or if those skills are so common that they’re a “dime-a-dozen”, your options are slim.

Add to that the complete lack of stability and leadership at the macro level, resulting in an environment where businesses are too skittish to hire. Even as Obama et al. “pivot to jobs” the government’s ability to create jobs will continue to be limited by the reality that the government seems to have done everything it can to stifle growth in the private sector.

To Rick’s comment re: illegal immigration…my grandparents picked cotton and worked pecan orchards to survive the depression. They had no choice if they wanted to feed their kids. Many illegal immigrants come here with exactly that mentality, from places where it’s still true that “If I don’t work , I don’t eat”. As long as the United States has the robust social safety net that we currently enjoy–and pay for by going deeper in debt–there will be no mass movement of native-born unemployed (and potentially unemployable in the new economy) people to do the jobs that are out there. They wouldn’t get done if not for hungry immigrant labor.

REALITY

August 25th, 2011
6:29 am

Reality..Those illegal immigrants of today make the doctors who see you tomorrow..look at the names and nationalities at any hospital..99% are foreign..should make the generations of “legal” Americans ashamed!

Billy

August 25th, 2011
6:39 am

Pres. Obama comes into office with the hyperleftist Dims, scares the h— out of every small business person with health care and over regulation, which turned the recession into a depression. That’s what you get for taking your orders from the liberal media, who stampeded the American voter into putting these people in office in the first place. I agree with the poster below; there will never be a recovery back to the point at which we started; there’s too much debt amassed since PBO and the Dim squadron came to town. Godlessness and poverty go hand in hand. The Dims have destroyed this country, which they’ll have to answer for, and I’ll love to hear what they have to say to the Almighty when that day comes…

Independent Myth

August 25th, 2011
6:44 am

Both Dems and Repubs have failed this country and have us singing spin tunes similar to what is written above – its’ the dims, it’s obama, its’ illegal immigrants……

Democratic Plantation Dweller

August 25th, 2011
6:51 am

Don’t worry…the government will continue to support us.

Dixie Lot Lizard

August 25th, 2011
6:56 am

It’s a mess for sure. I try and remain positive and hope things get better in the future. During the interim, I reflect on all of the positive things I’ve obtained or experienced in the past and am thankful I’m not sick, and have a roof over my head. My wife and I are self employed, in the real estate business, and these past few years have been trying. We will make it though, because we have too.

Jeepy

August 25th, 2011
7:52 am

The economy is in a mess due to the decisions of managers who feel the need to fire people at
the drop of a hat and business owners who move jobs to other countries. Rather than
pandering to these individuals we need to consider some sort of legal/tax penalties to force
them to suffer consequences of their decisions.

steve

August 25th, 2011
8:08 am

Oh wow.. down to 10.4% and this is good news? Only in the Obama economy.

Butch Cassidy

August 25th, 2011
8:15 am

Interesting, nowhere in the piece above did I see Obama mentioned, and yet more than 50% of the posts invoke his name. I don’t really care for the POTUS, but the previous posters really are true morons if they can’t differentiate the STATE unemploymetn rate from the NATIONIONAL unemployment rate. I’m assuming that these same posters are going to praise Obama for keeping unemployment low in the Mid Western states? After all, if you blame him for Georgia, you have to credit him for North Dakota right? Idiots!

Moorus

August 25th, 2011
8:29 am

and what are our local politicians doing about it? Please do your job and stop blaming the President.

Free Enterprise

August 25th, 2011
8:30 am

To all they crybabies on here complaining about “illegals” should be deported cause they’re taking jobs, I remember back in the 90’s/early 00’s when things were good you didn’t want those jobs. Fast forward to now and you complain about we need to send them back so we can take back the jobs that none of us wanted or thought we was to good to do!

That’s just like a weak, sorry, crybaby MAN! I see why some of your women choose to cheat on you! Oh yea, I’m a man BTW

cc

August 25th, 2011
8:38 am

Reality really is that these numbers are barely changing and the little up and down that you do see in the paper merely reflects the people who gave up or moved away that month. It is not a true reflection. Plus, everyone should look at the small number change and think….hmmm…. 1/10 of a point gee wonder if simple human era could be more the factor that is moving the percentage up and down.

When it comes down to it. These businesses that had to go to a skeleton crew staff simply didn’t hire more on when money came around. They got greedy and run still on skeleton crews. This means they are hurting us as a whole and themselves in the long run….. as, their skeleton crew are over worked and will break down or burn out and their customers will simply not have the money to even buy their product due to no or little income or even just out of fear of spending.

**skeleton crew- minimal staff… just enough to barely handle the basics of the job.

GBO

August 25th, 2011
8:41 am

Plenty of blame to go around, but at the core of the problem is the fact that our workforce has failed to evolve as the job market has evolved.

Hunger is a powerful motivator, so in the 20’s and 30’s families moved West to keep from starving, in the 40’s southerners packed up what they had, left their families behind and moved to Detroit to the growing auto industry. In the 90’s I had to move and re-engineer myself to support my family and I didn’t want to, but again hunger is a powerful motivator. In recent years people seem to have this idea that they don’t have to change since the unemployment checks will keep rolling in and they can ‘hope’ that their dead industry will call them back. Unfortunately until this country stops trying to revive dead industries, and encourages new job training and movement into growing industries, we will have this malaise.

Bottom line, transition is never fun, but if one wants to survive, you bite your tongue, wipe your eyes, and pack your old car. Until we remember this legacy from our own ancestors, we will never again prosper.

Corey

August 25th, 2011
8:45 am

A little perspective people, 1981-1983 unemployment was 10.11%. Say what you want about Obama and company, but during the early eighties this nation was not coming out of a horrid situation like we experienced in 2008. Twenty-one percent drop in GDP, a housing market collapse, major investment firms vanished, a banking industry on the ropes, two auto makers on life support, a worldwide recession, two protracted and costly wars, and Western European nations needing financial lifelines Yes we are impatient. Maybe we should be. The question should be are we really being realistic?

A Conservative Voice

August 25th, 2011
8:46 am

Oh c’mon, everybody knows that that figure is BS…….ask the person who hasn’t had a job and has been looking for two years how the unemployment picture looks……I’m pretty sure they’ll say BS also. Quit putting out this propoganda crap AJC……you’re just trying to make “YOUR” president look good.

Hard Ball

August 25th, 2011
8:47 am

You all are complaining about immigration, but without these immigrants where would this country be?
The jobs that the immigrants do, I am sure none of you that are writing on this blog will not do, you all see it as beneath you.
Also, I want you all to know that none of us are true Americans, the only true American are the American Indians.

Free Enterprise

August 25th, 2011
8:55 am

@GBO and Hard Ball! You guys need to run for president!!!! So TRUE!!!!

Pamela

August 25th, 2011
8:56 am

For those of you who THINK that President Obama caused this jobless mess….think again. It has been proven time and time again that the Bush Administration is what caused this mess. The unemployment rate in Georgia has been really high for over 4 years! 4 years is a long time. A lot of people probably ran completely out of unemployment insurance; therefore they are not counted. So the unemployment rate is much higher than you think.

cc

August 25th, 2011
9:00 am

@GBO there is one difference ….. people in the past could move to another state to work for an American company…. Now, we would have to all jump and run to Inda to get a job in an American company…. ok that is a little over the top but you get my point.

jrl

August 25th, 2011
9:10 am

While Pamela is, in my esteemed view, correct in stating that Obama did not cause this jobless mess, he sure as “you know what” has done ABSOLUTELY nothing to address this issue nationally. Neither has anyone on the state level either. Statistically speaking, adding in the hordes of people no longer on the Unemployment line, the figure for the metro area is somewhere in the 18-20 percent unemployment rate. I find the report strange for stating that there are “fewer layoffs in health care and social assistance”. I was just laid off (with others) from a social services agency where we GAVE OUT MONEY to those in need. Irony?

Pamela

August 25th, 2011
9:14 am

jrl…do you keep your head in the sand? President Obama is going to speak about creating jobs on September 6th. Shows how much you know doesn’t it? :) He is going to address the issue. Stay tuned…:)

Buzz G

August 25th, 2011
9:18 am

What nonsense! Before the illegal alien invasion began we lived in houses with roofs, ate chicken sandwiches, and paid our kids to mow the lawn.

We will do so again when the illegals are sent home.

There are no jobs Americans won’t do if you pay them properly for it. Americans want more than $8 and hour to go up on the roof.

Homer

August 25th, 2011
9:19 am

Memo to all of the “blame immigrants for our woes” folks. Competition fuels capitalism. Go out an compete against immigrant workers. Until you can prove to American employers that you are better educated, more productive, more reliable and worth the extra money that you demand, don’t complain about immigrants.

cc

August 25th, 2011
9:20 am

@Pamela- he has been in office for a long time now….. and I doubt anyone is going to get overly excited to hear him now speak on the issue that he should have been more focused on for most of his term.

Jartran

August 25th, 2011
9:28 am

YES!!! The unemployment rate “fell” to 10.4%!!! YES–the recession is finally over!!! Hope and change, yes we can!!!! I’m booking a trip to the Caymans and looking at a new boat!!! YES!!!

Free Enterprise

August 25th, 2011
9:38 am

@Pamela If Obama tells you to go kill yourself would you do it? I think you would! SMH

I can’t understand why so many people continue to defend these presidents (Obama, Bush, or any previous president) when its obvious that the only interest they have in mind is them, their friends, and friends of friends.

Stop depending on the government to make things better for us and make your own way and show them that you don’t care and will eat regardless of their policies We should all send a message next year and NOT VOTE! Thant will get their attention I’m sure Imagine on election day only 100 people out the whole country show up and vote…..the look on their faces PRICELESS LOL

RAMZAD

August 25th, 2011
9:39 am

As JIMBO, as RICK in GRAYSON, as BILLY, et al- these race based pontificators, arm chair economists, and Monday morning exegesists can go a long way blaming immigrants, whining about Obama, and bawling like good patriotic Americans are supposed do.

The fact is that these days only the immigrants realize the power of America. They are the ones studying physics and mathematics and organic chemistry. They are the ones waking up and cutting three lawns before daylight. They are the ones we can trust to give us a mile of sidewalks before four o’clock. We Americans want it cushy. We want to check our stock in companies that do not make anything we like or want to buy.

We want to go to jobs where we can walk around from office to office an undermine our “friends” and associates. We want to drive cars and wear clothes we can not make or afford. We want to blame other people for our problems. We want to talk dirty about our fellow Americans, because they have the wrong skin color or come from the wrong side of the tracks or sleep with the wrong people at nights.

So, those who are amazed that our system is crumbling are the great Americans who believe it must be someone else’s fault.

Red

August 25th, 2011
9:49 am

Butch – I hate to break it to you guy but state and local unemployment is right there together with national unemployment. We’re all in the same labor pool. The lines you talk about are imaginary lines. You and a few others are hilarious with mentions of midwest states especially ND. Comparing ND to GA shows you really have no clue. It’s like comparing the President to Head Dog Catcher….well their both leaders of government right?

As has been mentioned on here endlessly, you can take a graph of each state’s unemployment rates and see parity with the national rate. They trend together. While some are higher and lower, we are all tied together. GA will have higher unemployment than a farming state simply because of the higher tech, white collar jobs here that have shut down. Farming will continue in the midwest regardless. I swear people like Butch and others really show me how the public schools have failed to teach BASICS in economics as well as common sense. They’re too busy teaching test taking skills, sex ed, and tolerance instead of actually how to function in society with common sense and knowledge.

Butch Cassidy

August 25th, 2011
10:06 am

Hey Red, I hate to break it to you, but I’m not a product of Southern public schools no matter how much you woul like me to be. I graduated in from high school in Utah back in the 80’s, got my undergrad at Utah State and my masters in chemical engineering from the U. I spent 5 years on the design team for the SICBM missle program at Thiokol before transferring to the solid rocket booster team for the space shuttle program in 1995, when HW Bush decided to fund the Minute Man II over the SICBM. I invoke North Dakota, because a very good friend of mine chairs the mechanical engineering department at NDSU, so I have witnessed first hand what a WELL RUN state can accomplish compared to the disaster that is Georgia. Good governement and careful planning are the key to whether your state sinks or swims. Georgia is a prime example of the former while North Dakota represents the latter. Cast meaningless aspersions all you want, but Georgias economic problems are of it’s own making no matter how much you want to blame DC.

Rick in Grayson

August 25th, 2011
10:49 am

RAMZAD .. I have degrees in Chemistry, Math, and Computer Science so you don’t have to worry that I am leaving that to the illegal immigrants.

Red

August 25th, 2011
11:09 am

Butch – never said southern. But clearly you miss what was said and distort to fit your needs. Again, if you are comparing ND and GA as far as economics you need to stick to rocket science. Here’s another lesson for you. GA’s government has FAR less to do with the economics here than the federal government. The companies that laid off mass numbers of people here in Atlanta did so due to national international events than what happens under the Gold Dome. Coca Cola, Delta, Equifax, Georgia Pacific, Home Depot, Lockheed, NCR, Newell, NAPA, Rock Tenn, etc. etc. success hinges much more on national and international policies and trade than what goes on under the Gold Dome.

Butch – state government typically deals with tax policies that cause businesses to locate in certain places. The state economic policies beyond that don’t have that much more effect than that. Governors create policies to bring businesses from one state to another. The success of that business deals with national and global business. If the national economy fails, the business lays off people. Perdue and Deal have little more to do with this other than trying to compete with other states to bring what is left to relocate to GA. The labor pool in ND is very low – little corporate businesses and therefore smaller pool means smaller amounts of layoffs thus low unemployment rates.

I have friends that live in many states. I guess I am experts in far more than just your ND connection? Is that how the logic works? Leave economics to people who have learned this. Clearly you spent more time in rocket science and very little in economics. Hopefully you will inhale all of this knowledge.

Middle Class Latino

August 25th, 2011
11:21 am

Look here hillbillies. We let you clowns run the country for 8 years with BUSH. And you took a big, fat, juicy turkey leg and ate it all up and left Obama nothing but bare bones (collapsed economy, and two wars). I got news for you retards, you left the state of affairs so messed up that it will take more than the 8 years Obama will be in office to fix. Luckily most of you are older and your hate filled thoughts,views and opinions will cease to exist once you pass. The world will be a better place.

Butch Cassidy

August 25th, 2011
11:23 am

Red – “The labor pool in ND is very low – little corporate businesses and therefore smaller pool means smaller amounts of layoffs thus low unemployment rates.”

Fair enough, I’ll use my own state of New York as comparison. NYC alone is twice the population of the entire state of Georgia and yet we have a UE rate of 8%. Not great, but better than the 10.4% you folks enjoy. So please enlighten me as to which “farming” industries are contributing to the economic growth of the city. Or, is it your position that New York has no technology, pharmaceutical, financial or manufacturing foot hold?

Red

August 25th, 2011
11:27 am

Yes. It was only Bush running the country for 8 years. Nevermind the amount of time DURING THAT PERIOD Dems ran Congress – you know the body that sets budgets and makes laws right? Or I guess they didn’t teach you American government either.

Now Obama has done what? Built some bridges and paved some roads? THAT will get us back on track. And your guy did what? Continue those wars and added MORE WARS? And CONTINUED Bush tax cuts? So by your logic, Obama is as stupid as Bush. If he was the smartest President ever and he’s doing the same thing as Bush, you’re saying Bush is equally as smart.

Amazing how libtards never actually think out what they type out. If they followed through their words and the logic, or lack of, they’d see how stupid their words really are.

Sarah is the greatest

August 25th, 2011
11:35 am

I cannot wait until, OUR SARAH annointed by Jesus himself ascends to the Presidency and removes the secret kenyan muslim usurper Barak HUSSEIN Osama from the White House. Then we will usher in a Christian theocracy which will be a land of peace and prosperity until Jesus returns and all nonbeleivers will be destroyed in a rain of hellfire and we will live with Jesus forever in heaven.

Sarah 2012!

RGB

August 25th, 2011
11:36 am

…and to think there were doubters about “Recovery Summer”. Woo hoo.

RGB

August 25th, 2011
11:37 am

Sarah is the greatest:

If you’re seeking to engage in religious persecution, be man enough to take the direct route.

Red

August 25th, 2011
11:42 am

Butch – the rate is NOT 10.4% in Georgia. NYC’s rate is 8.8% and the state’s is 8%. Notice a pattern where larger cities (where more business is) have a higher rate than the rest of the state. Notice parity here. NYC has more established businesses in the city. Most of the companies, especially the ones that have failed or faced mass layoffs, are very new or recently located. There are factors that do play into the differences there. Add to the fact that more government bailout money pours into that state from your guy Obama, and you will see a better recovery there as well. But those factors are obviously not being considered. You are too busy looking at numbers and not thinking about the specific details that are also involved. I am quite sure if GA received as much bailout money as NY, the numbers would be different as well.

For someone who has a left brain mentality, I hope you would go more in depth into details rather than some shallow thinking of “this state’s numbers are better and therefore the governor is much better”.

Middle Class Latino

August 25th, 2011
11:43 am

Sarah is the greatest . YOUR AWESOME. We complain about Islamic extremism but he have the same extremism here with certain christian factions!

Butch Cassidy

August 25th, 2011
11:51 am

Red – “Add to the fact that more government bailout money pours into that state from your guy Obama, and you will see a better recovery there as well.

Where in any of my posts did I say I favored Obama? Please do not label the POTUS as “my guy”. Also, I haven’t indicated whether my political viewpoints fall Left or Right. Yoou’re making broad assumptions with little or no basis in fact. However, your use of the word “libtard” does tend to give you away.

Butch Cassidy

August 25th, 2011
11:53 am

Here Red, just in case you missed it. – “July marked the 48th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.1 percent.”

Henry Unger

Red

August 25th, 2011
12:06 pm

Wow. Pot calling kettle black huh? And you are making broad assumptions as well. Anyone coming on here comparing the economics of ND and GA has serious deficiencies in understanding economics. And I love your deflection move – not going for the actual details but sidetracking on the ‘your guy’ comment. Classic failure in rebuttal. You do realize that 40% of the states are in that same boat as well right? Keep looking at the single number set and not look deeper. It was you who got lost on some tangent on state rates when we are actually a national and global economy. Georgia’s numbers are tied to federal policies. Actually federal and global issues have a greater pull than what Deal does. But you will continue thinking the UE rate indicates well run states.

Road Scholar

August 25th, 2011
12:43 pm

Are you telling me that there are no jobs for whiners? Bush’s regime is at fault for this mess. Those that claim the Demos controlled Congress forget that the president has veto power on ALL Federal legislation. How many vetos did Bush have? Who started two unfunded wars? Who passed/supported/signed unfunded medicare Part D? You cannot turn a ship on a dime. as for the deficit, I ask…How do you eat a whale…One bite at a time!

And what have the repubs done to create jobs? Where are their programs? Tax cuts for businesses and the wealthy…how are they working? Where are the positive results, not including making them rich as our deficit grows? Where are the jobs Boehmer? Deal?

Finally, I found it amusing that some are asking the President Obama bashers to think. How can they? They haven’t had a positive thought for years! Instead of whining and pointing fingers, why don’t we just move forward?

Corey

August 25th, 2011
12:46 pm

Perspective:Title: Civilian Unemployment Rate Series ID: UNRATE Source: U.S. Department of …. 10.8 1982-12-01 10.8 1983-01-01 10.4 1983-02-01 10.4 1983-03-01 10.3 This was when Reagan was president, but Republicans continue to pretend that unemployment under Mr. Obama is much higher than it was under their patron saint. Stop lying to yourselves.

Red

August 25th, 2011
12:55 pm

Road Scholar – flip side is that Bush cannot pass laws. He can only sign what comes out of Congress. Checks and balances remember? As much as you like to think, Bush was not a dictator. Amazing that a guy the Lefties claim couldn’t even tie his shoes somehow took over the federal government, superceded Congressional authority, and tanked the global economy all by his lonesome. Which is it? He couldn’t tie his shoes or he became dictator and tanked it all?

Who also voted to support those wars? Democrats. Who passed those plans? Democrats. Bush did not do anything without having involvement of Democrats.

On the flipside what master plan did Obama institute? He swore we would never see higher than 8% unemployment with his master plan. We’d be lucky to see 8% again. Obama’s master plan failed. And his new plan? Tax credits for businesses. But wait…isn’t that the evil plan and concept Bush did? So why is Obama doing the same thing? If it was such a failed plan why is Obama doing the same thing? Building a bridge and paving a road along with putting signs up that says this did so much for the economy. Where are those shovel ready jobs? Where was the Recovery Summer from last year? Roadie Scholar will blame Bush as President but not Obama as President. Amazing how instead of remaining consistent in his blame on the office of the Presidency, his blame shifts from President to Republicans in Congress. And now he blames Boehner. Boehner cannot do anything because Reid and Obama block him. But yet again, one person according to Roadie has dictatorial power and control in Congress.

Flawed logic. Unfortunately this exact same flawed logic exists at 1600 Penn Ave and is sending us further into the abyss.

Road Scholar

August 25th, 2011
1:13 pm

Red: So, you contend that a President does not have a veto, which can be overrided by a 2/3 majority? He HAS to sign what they pass? Give me a break!

“As much as you like to think, Bush was not a dictator. ” You’re right…Cheney was.

I said the problems started under Bush, if you would read my post. i didn’t say I was pleased with President Obama, But he hasn’t exactly had any help from Congress.