Georgia’s jobless rate rises to 10.3 percent in September

Georgia’s unemployment rate rose to 10.3 percent in September — its highest level since January, the state labor department said Thursday.

The September rate was up from 10.2 percent in August and 10.2 percent a year ago, the labor department said.

September is the 50th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.1 percent.

The rate increased because Georgia lost jobs in September. Also, many new job seekers were unable to find work.

The number of jobs in September fell four-tenths of a percentage point from August to 3,793,200, the labor department said. Most of the loss was among seasonal workers in leisure and hospitality.

The number of long-term unemployed workers — those jobless for at least 27 weeks — increased 8.6 percent from a year ago to 256,900. The long-term unemployed account for 52.7 percent of Georgia’s 487,471 jobless workers.

Although the rate increased, state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler pointed to a positive sign.

“One positive is fewer layoffs, which results in a smaller quantity of initial unemployment claims,” Butler said in a statement.

First-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits in September decreased to 51,267, down 9.2 percent from August. Most of the first-time claims were filed in trade, manufacturing, administrative and support services, and construction.

There also was a 10.3 percent decline in first-time claims from September of last year.

The growth areas for jobs last month were in professional and business services, manufacturing, as well in state and local public schools, the labor department said.

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velmaellis

October 20th, 2011
6:13 am

What’s more clear with Employment report is that when it comes to joblessness, having a college degree is more important than ever that is why we need the help of “High Speed Universities” now

Logic

October 20th, 2011
6:23 am

More change we can believe in…

RU Retarded?

October 20th, 2011
6:40 am

I don’t think the Univeristy of Pheonix, ITT Tech, AIU, or Any othe BS “high speed university” will get people back to work!! As a matter off fact student loans account for more debt than credit cards. Those are scams. You can’t earn a legitimate degree in your pajamas!!

Billy

October 20th, 2011
6:49 am

The economy has been distroyed by years of liberalism, despite several GOP Presidents. The spending went on and on regardless of who was in office. That, plus the idiotic free trade agreements we’ve enacted that only benefit a tiny minority. With the loss of jobs, it sure didn’t help those that need jobs the most. Unless the current admin is voted out, get used to hard times…

Peter

October 20th, 2011
6:56 am

Billy you are clueless..the GOP runs this state, ad currently into the ground !

The GOP is also stopping progress in Washington…. Exports are on the rise and imports on the decline…pick up the Wall Street Journal and read.

Road Scholar

October 20th, 2011
6:57 am

Logic (really?) and Billy: From your comments we can see why Georgia schools are ranked 49th in the country! Georgia has had a Repub governor and legislature for over 9 years. The Federal government has had republican leadership (gag) for the past11 years to varying degrees. Is this a sign of their failed economic policies…trickle down don’t trickle any more? More tax cuts for businesses and the rich…it is really spurring job growth isn’t it? Oh and those pesky regulations?

Road Scholar

October 20th, 2011
6:58 am

Peter: Good point, but you needed to add …and comprehend!

Buzz G

October 20th, 2011
7:17 am

The first Tuesday in November 2012 cannot come soon enough. We are now hopeless and short-changed. C’mon Herman Cain!

Loki

October 20th, 2011
7:25 am

Businesses will not setup shop here because of GA has little to offer.

Will the last Democrat in Georgia please turn off the lights.....

October 20th, 2011
7:39 am

Loki

October 20th, 2011
7:25 am

“Businesses will not setup shop here because of GA has little to offer.”

Actually, Georgia has LOTS to offer: World’s busiest airport, EXCELLENT location close to the Southern Appalachian Mountains on the Eastern Seaboard with easy direct road and rail access to one of the world’s fastest growing seaports (at Savannah), other East Coast, Sunbelt, Trans-Atlantic and international markets as well as relatively very mild weather and better schools than alot of people give credit for with a concerted effort to keep class sizes low compared to other parts of the country.

Sick of it

October 20th, 2011
7:42 am

But wait, Obahamama and all his liberal media buds say everything is wonderful! Bull sh*t

Silly

October 20th, 2011
8:00 am

Uh, “world’s busiest airport” isn’t exactly a selling point for this city. It merely highlights how shortsighted Atlanta is by not already having another airport, like any other city of it’s size. We may as well brag about our “single source water supply” of Lake Lanier.

Oh yeah – both of these are Obama’s fault too. Just for those like Logic who can’t entertain a thought deeper than a puddle.

stephen

October 20th, 2011
8:00 am

That’s right Buzz, Herman Cain will save you. BTW-can’t wait for Rick Perry to announce his 8-8-8 plan. Let the bidding begin.

Old Geezer

October 20th, 2011
8:11 am

I will give 2 unemployed people part time work, one will do my dishes, the other my laundry…men need not apply.

What ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

October 20th, 2011
8:18 am

Oh spot it. Atlanta public schools is the worst in the nation and the cheating scandel only proves that government is corrupt. They are all democrates running Atlanta. These are local districts that start with the school board and go up. All these small boards think they are giant govenment officials and act like it.

Georgia has lots of jobs but these kids are not skilled. A college degree in flower planting does not qualify someone for an engineering job, a college degree in business does not break apart and fix a air conditioner. The fact is that a lot of these kids are getting meaningless degrees that take them nowhere. Thats their choice. I tend to disagree with the person that says you cant get a good education from an online school. A real online college mandates that the student take a test on site at a local school where the student is monitored from cheating so these kids are learning.

The problem is simple. Kids do not look and see what the job market holds before they enter into college and there are to many kids out there that still drop out of highschool and think they are owed something. Its a family value issue. Work ethic and values and education are not pushed int he American family any longer.

As far as other jobs, employers are not going to hire people for general labor when they dont know what the future holds. Unless you are a business owner, you have no clue about all the red tape and regulations that come from the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, not our state government. The FEDERAL GOVERNMENT is who is keeping us from expanding. They have made it impossible to continue growth though their regulations, healthcare mandates and inability to obtain financing though banks. The protesters are protesting the wrong people. They need to be living on the White House Lawn.

Bradley

October 20th, 2011
8:20 am

@ Silly, please find me another city in America that has a population of only 500,000 with two international airports. While New York, Chicago, and Houston have 2, Atlanta is not a comparable sized city to them.

native atlantan

October 20th, 2011
8:25 am

There is no way that unemployment is “only 10.3 %”. I see so many businesses that have certainly shed more than 1 out of every 10 employees. To make matters worse, most companies have found so many ways to do without so many products they normally buy, it continues to hurt their suppliers. What a vicious circler we weave.

Silly

October 20th, 2011
8:27 am

Bradley – airports serve regions, not cities. As of 2009 the greater Atlanta metro area had almost 5.5 million people. Ranked number 9 on a list of the largest metropolitan statistical areas of the US in 2010. Yet one airport.

Will the last Democrat in Georgia please turn off the lights.....

October 20th, 2011
8:33 am

Silly

October 20th, 2011
8:00 am

“Uh, “world’s busiest airport” isn’t exactly a selling point for this city. It merely highlights how shortsighted Atlanta is by not already having another airport, like any other city of it’s size. We may as well brag about our “single source water supply” of Lake Lanier.”

Having the World’s Busiest Airport is a major selling point for this cities as many corporate executives want to be able to have easy air access to domestic and international markets.

The reason why Atlanta doesn’t have a second major airport is because most of our population growth has occurred within the last 30 years (roughly 3.5 million newcomers since 1980) and a second airport wasn’t really perceived to be needed until very recently as Hartsfield was more than large enough to serve what until recently had been a mid-sized market.

Will the last Democrat in Georgia please turn off the lights?.....

October 20th, 2011
8:39 am

Also another reason why other cities like Chicago, New York, Houston and Dallas have two airports is because those cities dealt with outgrowing their original airports by building a second bigger airport while Atlanta dealt with its air traffic growth by just merely expanding its original airport.

Mark

October 20th, 2011
8:39 am

@ Sick of it

October 20th, 2011
7:42 am

But wait, Obahamama and all his liberal media buds say everything is wonderful! Bull sh*t

Your comment is Bullsh*t, because The President has never said everything is wonderful

Silly

October 20th, 2011
8:42 am

Excuses, excuses. What are our state leaders proposing to do about it? And the water issue?

JD

October 20th, 2011
8:42 am

native atlantan, The unemployment rate does not include those who stop looking for work (long term unemployed) or the under-employed. If these folks are included the rate would likely be near if not over 20%. Not just in Georgia.

NeedALoan

October 20th, 2011
8:47 am

Don’t worry if you need a loan to to United Community Bank..they give loans to people who don’t even have jobs…I have documented proof..

Bradley

October 20th, 2011
8:55 am

@ Silly
And of the 8 metros that rank ahead of Atlanta. Only 3 have two airports, and only 2 of them are both international.

Bradley

October 20th, 2011
8:56 am

@Mark
Amen. Unfortunatley most of them only hear what they want to hear. Or think they hear. I am pretty sure I havent heard any of the “lame stream” media saying everything is fine. Gotta love the conservatives who think everything is a conspiracy.

Butch Cassidy

October 20th, 2011
9:00 am

Sick of It – “But wait, Obahamama and all his liberal media buds say everything is wonderful! Bull sh*t”

LOL! Man, that’s good stuff! I wasn’t aware that Obama was running the show in Georgia. I guess Obama must like us New Yorkers better, because our unemployment rate is only 8%. Keep on livin the dream Georgia!

Butch Cassidy

October 20th, 2011
9:01 am

Buzz G – “The first Tuesday in November 2012 cannot come soon enough. We are now hopeless and short-changed. C’mon Herman Cain!”

I’m curious, does Cains 999 plan include unlimited toppings?

Rational Citizen

October 20th, 2011
9:16 am

How long have Republicans been running this state now? Oh well, it’s probably all Obama’s fault. Just like it was his fault the economy was contracting at a rate of 9% the day he took office. And the 750,000 layoffs in January of 2009 (the month Obama took office)? Must be Obama’s fault. The two wars he inherited that cost around $3 billion a month (that were never payed for under Bush)? Obama.

lol

October 20th, 2011
9:20 am

10.3 lol

it takes some real skill to keep it that low on paper! give the statisticians a medal!

Will the last Democrat in Georgia please turn off the lights?.....

October 20th, 2011
9:25 am

Silly

October 20th, 2011
8:42 am

“Excuses, excuses. What are our state leaders proposing to do about it? And the water issue?”

They’ve been searching for a suitable location for a second major airport, but most of the communities surrounding those probable locations don’t want the constant air traffic and the noise, pollution and automobile congestion that comes with it.

As for water, the City of Atlanta and the state have proposed some new reservoirs (the almost complete Hickory Creek Reservoir in Canton and proposed locations in North Hall County, Dawson Forest in Dawson County and in West Georgia). The state has also increased its conservation measures in recent years due to extended and persistent drought conditions unlike the Dallas-Fort Worth area which has over a dozen major reservoirs to help with drought conditions that are much more frequent than North Georgia, but does not necessarily do water conservation too well.

The state of Georgia has also proposed building aqueducts to tap into bodies of water in the Tennessee River Valley basin as well as other bodies of water around the state and the Southeast, but anyone of these measures to either increase local water supply or increase the Atlanta Region’s access to water are going to make local water bills increase much higher than they already may be now.

jl

October 20th, 2011
9:36 am

everyone going to the unemployment office should be gving a drug test before receiving any benefits. I am sure the umemployment rate would drop .

EJ

October 20th, 2011
9:51 am

Hey, Some of you unemployed workers should consider contract work. I’m an IT contractor and it is not a permanent position, but, they it does offer a decent salary and offer benefits. The first year I was unemployed I would only consider permanent jobs, but contracting does give you a chance to work and get your foot in the door. The pay is around $20-$25 an hour for technical support. My cousin is an attorney and he is even contracting for $29-$35 an hour. At least you get experience so it’s worth considering.

gm

October 20th, 2011
9:54 am

Let see, GOP have been running Georgia for the last 10 years, Johnny boy who you idiots elect every year as Sen just voted against a job bill that would have put 35,000 people to work in Georgia.
Yet the Rep blame President Obama, and we wonder why Georgia is a joke around the world”””

Renee

October 20th, 2011
9:54 am

@ Old Geezer… Female, early 30’s with experience. Do you have a dishwasher? How much per hour? Location? References Available. If I’m not what you are looking for, I know someone. LOTS of someones.

GG

October 20th, 2011
9:55 am

@EJ I think most unemployed people do consider contracting but contracting is limited to a certain skillset, and many do not possess this.

RAMZAD

October 20th, 2011
9:58 am

JL:

I think the word you were looking for is “given.”

I suppose that you are suggesting that the unemployed are now using drugs instead of looking for work, in it is this kind of propaganda that had the country in knots. Additionally, unemployment is not welfare, as I believe you thing. Unemployment is an insurance benefit. I can tell that you are not too smart.

RAMZAD

October 20th, 2011
10:00 am

you think…

robert herndon

October 20th, 2011
10:01 am

Where can I order unlimited toppings with my 9.99 pizza?
I want to get a double order of baloney with extra pork!

tiredofIT

October 20th, 2011
10:02 am

If you have tried to hire someone in the technology field then you know how hard it is to find people to even interview. The few that we have interviewed assume if they have heard/read of something they must know it. Ask them a couple of simple questions and they began to realize they have no clue. It becomes a complete waste of mine and their time. If you have no skills in this day and age, you have a serious problem! Note: These jobs have good benefits and time off.

DaculaJones

October 20th, 2011
10:07 am

Consider this:
Which employer segment has withdrawn from GA and the US?
Manufacturing.
Where did that segmant go?
Offshore.
Why did it go offshore?
To stay competitive, manufactures found lower labor rates anywhere but here. Because here, there were employees & employee organizations unwilling to compomise their standard of living for the sake of keeping jobs. Lose 20% of the work force to keep the standard of living up for the remaining 80%. Any manufacturing expansion would be started offshore to avoid this issue and to stay competitive. Manufactuing was forced to do this or go out of business. And even with this business model, many manufactures have closed their door because the value was gone from their product. It’s just wasn’t worth it.

The country was still able to maintain a level of growth supported only by the housing market. But then that went bust.

So now, the major profitable US companies are in the service provider business.
Healthcare, Insurance & Government.
The only forward thinking manufacturing left in the US is Military technology. And that’s paid for by government.

We can’t last long where all we do is sevice each other.
The real value is in a product you produce not in a service you provide.
Without that value, it’s a house of cards.

DaculaJones

October 20th, 2011
10:10 am

We can’t last long where all we do is service each other.
The real value is in a product you produce not in a service you provide.
Without that value, it’s a house of cards.

Max Overdrive

October 20th, 2011
10:12 am

Georgia has so much to offer like high crime, racial unrest, hot rainless summers, tornadoes all the time, terrible air quality, dried out lakes, extremely terrible traffic and congestion, good ole boy or home boy politics, terrible schools. I could go on for a while but why? Glad I got the hel out!

Butch Cassidy

October 20th, 2011
10:15 am

Dacula Jones – “We can’t last long where all we do is service each other.”

Okay, I know your point is serious, but that made me laugh! :)

Billy Bob

October 20th, 2011
10:17 am

Will the last Democrat in Georgia please turn off the lights?…..

Actually Atlanta began looking at a second airport many years ago and even bought land in Dawson Co in the late ’60s or early ’70s, and I know for a fact there was an evaluation of sites for a second airport in Paulding Co in the late ’70s. There has also been discussion of an airport between Atlanta and Macon. The problem is NIMBY.

George

October 20th, 2011
10:23 am

Both liberals and conservatives crack me up, and the stupid sheeple who follow this whole kabuki theater in Washington. Both parties are complicit in what has happened to this country. The powers-that-be won’t give any coverage to the one candidate who is advocating TRUE liberty, and freedom from government intrusion, and that is RON PAUL.

No I am not some college aged, naive kid. Just a man in his forties that sees through all the BS. I know why liberals won’t answer this, so I’m appealing to conservatives: why no love for Ron Paul’s economic plan of cutting a TRILLION from the budget the first year of his presidency and balancing the budget within 3 years?

Let me tell you why, because most people today who call themselves conservatives are in fact a whole different animal who wouldn’t know true conservatism in the mold of Taft if it ran over them like Bo Jackson in pads and a helmet on a cool Saturday afternoon!

People need to wake up and see that we as THE PEOPLE are being taken by all of the hucksters standing on that debate stage and vote for someone who wants to implement real change.

The Labor Guy

October 20th, 2011
10:28 am

Unemployment rates will remain high (because many CHOOSE not to work) as long as the money keeps getting extended to them time after time. Based on the majority of interactions I’ve had with those out of work, the mindset is usually “Why work if I can keep getting out of bed when I want to, receive an unemployment check, free child care, food stamps, rent or mortgage concessions, free education & training benefits, and many other subsidies – as long as I don’t have a job?”

8 more years of GOP to put the nail in the coffin

October 20th, 2011
10:39 am

“Also another reason why other cities like Chicago, New York, Houston and Dallas have two airports is because those cities dealt with outgrowing their original airports by building a second bigger airport while Atlanta dealt with its air traffic growth by just merely expanding its original airport.”

And you think the Atlanta airport provides that? Don’t make me laugh. It is one of the worst run airport in the country. There isn’t a single Delta flight that takes off and arrives on time and because of that every other plane from any other carrier suffers from it. Internationally speaking it is one of the poorest connected airports. The flights it offers can not compare to other major airports in the country (unless you flight Delta which is a total nightmare) and because of that the price of flights is aleways higher. And let’s not forget that beautifully set-up and running beggage claim, which adds at least another hour to your flight time to be added to delays already caused by Delta. Most business men I know avoid Hartsfield like the plague, unless they absolutely have to.

thank the GOP for saving our souls

October 20th, 2011
10:47 am

if you are poor and unemployed its your own fault. get with it or move to Alabama.

8 more years of GOP to put the nail in the coffin

October 20th, 2011
10:47 am

“Unemployment rates will remain high (because many CHOOSE not to work) as long as the money keeps getting extended to them time after time. Based on the majority of interactions I’ve had with those out of work, the mindset is usually “Why work if I can keep getting out of bed when I want to, receive an unemployment check, free child care, food stamps, rent or mortgage concessions, free education & training benefits, and many other subsidies – as long as I don’t have a job?”

Here is another jem of a post. First unemployment benefits are never extended indefinetely and second in order to get an extension you have to show that you have been making an effort to find a job and you haven’t been able to find one.

There are some jobs out there. The problem is that they are not permanent, they offer zero benefits and pay less than the unemployment benefits. On that token why would anyone take any of those jobs?