Metro Atlanta’s jobless rate rises to 10.4 percent in August

Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate rose to 10.4 percent in August from 10.3 percent in July, the state labor department said Thursday.

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

The rate increased this August because there were more layoffs in construction, trade, administrative and support services, and accommodation and food services, the labor department said.

Clayton had the highest jobless rate among the core metro counties — 13 percent. Fulton was next with 11 percent, followed by DeKalb (10.8 percent), Cobb (9.6 percent) and Gwinnett (9.3 percent).

The city of Atlanta’s jobless rate hit 11.7 percent in August, up from a revised 11.5 percent in July.

Last week, the labor department reported that Georgia’s jobless rate rose to 10.2 percent in August from 10.1 percent in July.

August marked the 49th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.1 percent.

– Henry Unger, The Biz Beat

104 comments Add your comment

Cherokee

September 22nd, 2011
5:37 am

So nice to live here in the Republican paradise of Georgia.

Cherokee

September 22nd, 2011
5:38 am

And before you say it, if I could sell my house, I WOULD leave….

Road Scholar

September 22nd, 2011
5:56 am

Where are the jobs Boehmer? Oh the uncertainty! Oh the whining!

Obama LeClown

September 22nd, 2011
6:05 am

Barack Hussein Obama..mmm..mmmmm..mmmmm

FROM ATLANTA TO SEATTLE.2015

September 22nd, 2011
6:21 am

welcome to the Detroit of the south..the only thing i like about this wanna be international city is the Atlanta Falcons..Atlanta needs to go to Seattle and learn to run a city..cant wait to retire to beautiful Seattle and away from this crime infested,hot humid,traffic clogged ,racial divisive,city called Atlanta unfortunately i have 4 yrs to go…Atlanta =Detroit hands down!!!

FROM ATLANTA TO SEATTLE.2015

September 22nd, 2011
6:22 am

GEORGIA HOWS THE REPUBLICAN THING GOING FOR YA???NOT WORKING HUH??

Rick Fontaine

September 22nd, 2011
6:24 am

Mayor Reed is an illusion, just like those that came before him–he’s doing nothing of substance.

Traci

September 22nd, 2011
6:44 am

We all know these numbers are just reflect those that are CURRENTLY on the Dept of Labors – list of unemployed. If you are still looking and your benefits have run out – YOU are NOT INCLUDED in this number. I would surmise that the unemployment rate in Metro Atlanta is closer to 17% .
and if we conclude those that took a part-time job – just to be able to eat — the REAL unemployment rate is closer to 20%.

Traci

September 22nd, 2011
6:45 am

“include those that took a part-time job”

Georgia's GOP has no solutions

September 22nd, 2011
6:47 am

Twice over the past month I’ve contacted my State Senator, Judson Hill and my Representative, Joe Wilkinson. I simply asked what plans they had to revive Georgia’s economy……..silence…….they never responded.

Georgia’s GOP has no answers.

They could issue bonds (interest rates are historically low) to do our own infrastructure building.

Couldn’t they figure a way to re-hire police, firefighters and teachers and others who were laid-off or furloughed?

Again, silence…………

Traci

September 22nd, 2011
6:47 am

I think we should start laying off politicians — lets see how quickly this situation gets resolved. I bet the in-fighting and games playing would come to a complete halt.

Billy

September 22nd, 2011
6:58 am

Yeah, Cherokee, esp with that Dimstick stimulus that was supposed to keep us all employed, I can see why everyone should jump on the PBO bandwagon…
Anyone who thinks that the Dims policies are better than the GOP, esp after 3 years of evidence, should donate their brains to science, to determine how you could have so much more grey matter than an ape, yet fail to use it for any productive purpose…

Bonnie

September 22nd, 2011
6:58 am

I agree with Traci – lay off the politicians and save their salaries – it would make a tremendous dent in the deficit – include all those in DC as well – look at the $$ it would save. What a waste of money to pay them to fight each other and destroy this country. They all need to hang their heads in shame. They all act like little kids in k-garden. We need some mature grown-ups in government.

More benefits!

September 22nd, 2011
7:09 am

The government needs to increase unemployment at least two extra years and raise the benefits. How am I supposed to pay all my bills on the chump change I get each week?

Peter

September 22nd, 2011
7:33 am

The GOP in Georgia and the country has no answer…… well maybe they do, can they start another WAR and bilk the tax payer more ?

Laurie

September 22nd, 2011
7:35 am

If you want to send our state government a message, vote out all imcumbants in the next few elections. We need fresh untainted meat to undo this tangle we find ourselves in.

Steve Birchfield

September 22nd, 2011
7:35 am

The state of Georgia needs to take a hard look at what is happenng in the state of Texas. Protect industry from unjust lawsuites and they will come.

Edward

September 22nd, 2011
7:38 am

All those “Job Creators” have enjoyed the lowest tax rates in a decade already, so WHERE ARE THE JOBS?

John

September 22nd, 2011
8:00 am

Amen to Steve’s post.Can hardly wait to leave this cesspool of humanity and retire to a state that uses common sense in their business practices like Texas.

Butch Cassidy

September 22nd, 2011
8:04 am

Billy – “Yeah, Cherokee, esp with that Dimstick stimulus that was supposed to keep us all employed,”

Well hell Billy, Georgia was allotted over 15 billion in stimulus money. Why don’t you contact your GOP masters up at the state capitol and ask them 1. Why did they accept “Dimstick” assitance in the first place. And 2. What did they do with the money?

And just FYI, I think both parties and those who support them are completely and utterly hopeless.

Unemployed

September 22nd, 2011
8:14 am

Is your company hiring today? I need a job ASAP. Submitting online job applications, submitting resumes and attending career networking events hasn’t worked for me.

Give me a break

September 22nd, 2011
8:15 am

I contacted our two Republican Senators and my Republican congressman about their job plans but they are more interested in fighting the president than to help Georgians find jobs. The state Republicans only answer is to ship out illegals. Well I’m too old to be a roofer, and I won’t move to South Georgia to pick vegetables.

The best way to get their attention is to kick everyone out during the next election.

Trevor

September 22nd, 2011
8:18 am

What do you expect from Mohammed Kasim Reed. All he does is parade around as the media darling.

thank the GOP for unemployment

September 22nd, 2011
8:25 am

they threaten the Fed when they try to help right the economy . I guess if your a rich Rep congressman and have plenty of cash you can weather the storm, and to hell with the rest of America who needs jobs and loans now. its a fact that they do not care for the middle class. I wish I was rich enough for my Government to care about my family.

JD

September 22nd, 2011
8:30 am

Obama crosses state line. Those that vote democrat are the majority of those unemployed.

Butch Cassidy

September 22nd, 2011
8:32 am

Edward – “so WHERE ARE THE JOBS?”

Didn’t you hear? They’re locked away in a super secret vault that can only be opened with a magic ring. Once Obama is voted out, his succesor will be given the ring and come January 2012 unemployement is going virtually disappear, and all those jobs that have been going overseas for decades are going rush back so fast, it’s gonna make your head spin.

Butch Cassidy

September 22nd, 2011
8:34 am

JD – “Obama crosses state line. Those that vote democrat are the majority of those unemployed.”

And I’m sure you have actual data to back that up. I guess you just forgot to post the link to your source.

Jeffery Yoder

September 22nd, 2011
8:38 am

I left the 3rd world state of Georgia 1yr ago after the GOP controlled most branches of Govt. and see that I made a wise decision. While the legislature argued over “family value” legislation..ie Sunday Alcohol sales, stem cells and other non-sense, Rome burned. It’s obvious the GOP wants Georgia to return to the Jim Crow days or perhaps Reconstruction. I have never in my life seen a more dumb and stupid Legislature and they scratch their brainless heads wondering why Georgia continues it’s decline.

georgia works (yeah right)

September 22nd, 2011
8:40 am

what about “georgia works” , obama’s model for the nation,well good look with that ‘miracle’ in job creation

Butch Cassidy

September 22nd, 2011
8:40 am

Jeffery Yoder – ” they scratch their brainless heads wondering why Georgia continues it’s decline.”

Didn’t you know Jeffery? It’s all Obamas fault. Before he became President, Georgia was paved with gold and grew skittle trees as far as the eye could see.

Butch Cassidy

September 22nd, 2011
8:43 am

georgia works (yeah right) – “well good look with that ‘miracle’ in job creation

What, virtually free labor and an endless supply of candidates? It works in China, and after all, isn’t that where all the jobs went to begin with? Corporate America will be drooling over this.

Idea!

September 22nd, 2011
8:45 am

Let’s take all of time we B&M and put it towards thinking of ways to create jobs ourselves instead of waiting on politicians. If we can organize jobless folks into abilities can we not create a new company that can leverage those talents? If we wait on those in the gold dome or Washington to solve our problems for us Satan will be selling ice. Our Georgia government seems more Hell bent on killing folks than finding us jobs. TIme to unite! Stand up and be accounted for.

obumbles

September 22nd, 2011
8:46 am

I guess obumbles and the QE1 and 2 didn’t work did it? The U.S. has the second highest corporate taxes(read punishment) in the world right up there with Ireland. If we would reward companies for doing business here they would stay here. Between the high taxes and the unions it just doesn’t pay to do business in the U.S. I’m surprised that mayor reed and rep. john lewis haven’t saved us all yet.
Maybe obumbles can get warren buffet to pay back those back taxes of 1 billion that he is being investigated for by the irs?
If we all get hungry enough we will pick vegetables or do yard work or clean homes, or we will make like a dumb-o-crat and expect a free handout.

hotinatlanta

September 22nd, 2011
8:48 am

As a former unemployed person, I know that the majority of us are 40+ years of age. I saw it every time I went to the U.E. office for “class”. Employers do not want to hire us even if we are: 1) willing to take a severe cut in salary (which I had to do to get a job), 2) qualified for the job we are applying to and 3) have a work stability history that the 35 and under just don’t have. Employers want the “young and beautiful” people even if it means they won’t be there in a year (when they find “something better”)! I was very fortunate to get the job I have now even with the decrease in money.

Tough Truth

September 22nd, 2011
8:49 am

There are many U.S. companies that are hiring but hiring mostly overseas or bringing high level employees and executives from overseas to work here. These same companies spend millions of dollars to sponsor college and professional sporting events, televised awards shows, and celebrity parties yet refuse to hire Americans that are unemployed and applying for jobs. Networking does not work if human resource managers do not want to hire. Right now the poor outnumber the rich and that discrepancy will rise as long as most politicians, CEOs, celebrities, and banks place profits above people.

Lovin East TN

September 22nd, 2011
8:49 am

I left Atlanta 2.5 years ago after having lived there 13 years. The 90’s were great! Then the whole dang state tanked after the construction industry bellied up. New home builders pilfered the till as they raped us all with their price gouging and over-inflated values so that they could become filthy stinking rich! And those idiot politicians (GOP) are so bass-ackwards that they let those backwood,l small town southern baptist nutcases rule the citizens of Atlanta. No beer sales on Sunday? Are you for frickin real? No wonder everyone thinks Georgia is dumb! I moved to the Knoxville area and I can’t say in enough words how AWESOME it is here! No state income tax, BEER sales on SUNDAY, plenty of jobs, stable housing market, etc! I could go on. The titanic has sailed into the city of Atlanta and is sinking as fast as the GOP!!

Bob Barker

September 22nd, 2011
8:53 am

In any case, if you wait for politicians and the government to do anything, you will be disappointed. The few and only times I deal with the government…I lose!

Lovin East TN

September 22nd, 2011
8:55 am

@ obumbles….you are a first class idiot! THE reason companies hire in China and India is for cheaper labor and to increase bottom line profits. Know what that combination equals? Guaranteed record breaking, obnoxious bonuses for Wall Street!!! THAT is the reason we have no jobs in this country. But as usual, rich RETHUGS buy into hating on Obama. Eliminate CEO bonuses and you’ll see the jobs return. Until then, it doesn’t really matter WHO is in office. Wall Street will continue to ruin this country in the name of greed!

Butch Cassidy

September 22nd, 2011
8:56 am

obumbles – ” Between the high taxes and the unions it just doesn’t pay to do business in the U.S.”

Yeah, and it all started when Obama took office. Just like health insurance premiums never rose until Obama took office. Just like jobs weren’t being sent overseas before Obama took office. Just like taxes were never raised before Obama took office. Just like the debt ceiling never had to be raised before Obama took office. Just like gas prices never rose before Obama took office. Just like there weren’t limitations to oil drilling before Obama took office. I guess everything was just magical in obumbles world before Obama took office. Did you save any skittles from your rainbow?

College Student

September 22nd, 2011
8:57 am

Many of the US manufacturing jobs have gone to either Mexico or China and not because of the Republicans but because of the Free Trade Agreements implemented by Bill Clinton (Dem). I have always voted Democrat but their arguments make no sense in this economy. Sure you can build a road by raising taxes on the wealthy, but how many sustainable jobs will that create? If you raise corporate taxes, they are just going to make up the difference by laying additional people off and those jobs will be gone forever even if you lower the taxes. I think Obama is a great and kind man but we need someone with a little more business experience leading our country.

Butch Cassidy

September 22nd, 2011
8:59 am

College Student – ” I think Obama is a great and kind man but we need someone with a little more business experience leading our country.”

Hey, GW Bush had “business” experience. Need I say more?

Idea!

September 22nd, 2011
9:03 am

Aruba, here I come! I think I will set up a protection agency for women tourists. Average temp there is 82! Hmmm.

Bush The Son

September 22nd, 2011
9:05 am

I sure am glad they forgot that “I” was the one who drove this country broke with that there war in Iraqi!! How much did I spend of you taxpayer money? 10 Trillion for that war? heehee! I sure got my GOP supporters hoodwinked. They done forgot all about me and those weapons of mass destruction and they actually think it’s all Obama’s fault! yeehaw!!! Rick Perry, git ur guns! We gotta go shoot up the streets in some other foreign country!

Free Enterprise

September 22nd, 2011
9:05 am

F the Repubs and the dems!!!!!!!

Idea!

September 22nd, 2011
9:06 am

A politician with “business” experience? Good luck with that, the only “business” they enjoy is screwing the rest of us by accepting monies from big business for personal gain, fame and glory.

John Galt

September 22nd, 2011
9:13 am

While some of the clowns here like to play the who to blame game, you are not going to find the solution there.

Create a better environment for business, reduce regulations, eliminate the minimum wage, and get government out of the way of running a business.

Jobs will get created. Demand for better employees as things improve will push up wages, and things will have a chance to improve.

Keep blaming Bush without blaming Congress or the Fed, and you are just wasting your time.

Congress could have held POTUS accountable on the “two wars”. They didn’t. There is nothing you can do about it now.

You either do what it takes to get businesses moving, or you don’t. And the results are not instant. They take time.

At this point, Georgia isn’t doing what is needed. They should suspend corporate taxes. They will more than make up for the drop in payroll taxes going forward. Give Home Depot and Coke and GP and others a reason to expand here in Georgia versus other states.

All the dollars for corporate taxes originate with you the individual in the first place. You pay all corporate taxes in the end.

Butch Cassidy

September 22nd, 2011
9:14 am

Idea – “A politician with “business” experience? Good luck with that,”

Personally, I miss the presidents that came from a combined military and college background. You know, the ones who actually served their country in combat as well as recognized the need for education? When did the requirement for the POTUS become a resume with Harvard or Yale, and an MBA or Law degree become the measuring stick? Amazingly enough, this country had some pretty prosperous and innovative times without the need of a President with “business” experience. In case you forgot, it was individuals with “business” experience that came up with the nifty idea of bundleing loans and selling them as derivitives. That was a swell idea wasn’t it? But hey, I digress. OBAMA SUCKS!!!! BOOOOOOOO OBAMA!!!!!!

Buzz G

September 22nd, 2011
9:16 am

Nobody in their right mind would start a new business with this leftist in the White House. The economy will not turn better until this bunch in Washington is gone.

Butch Cassidy

September 22nd, 2011
9:18 am

John Galt – “Create a better environment for business, reduce regulations, eliminate the minimum wage, and get government out of the way of running a business.”

I agree with John. If the average Chinese worker will accept 75 cents a day in a heavily unregulated environment, why can’t we as Americans do the same? I bet if we repeal the child labor laws, and the OT regs under the FLSA statutes, business would be hiring en masse. Come on America, we need you!!!

New hope And Change Needed

September 22nd, 2011
9:18 am

Nathan Deal blows but its the govt having its hand sin regulation in general that kills jobs. Also, Atlanta has too many houses and all but a few areas are worth living in. Most areas are crime infested.

When I drive down the street out of my neighborhood and see a group of teenagers walking to whatever store with their pants around their ankles then its time to move, but where?

Atlantas biggest problem is its a MAJOR thug society. Too many people keeping it real.