Metro Atlanta’s jobless rate stuck at 10.3 percent

Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate stayed at 10.3 percent in September  — unchanged from a revised 10.3 percent in August, the state labor department said Thursday.

There has been no improvement from a year ago when the metro area’s jobless rate in September 2010 was also 10.3 percent,  the labor department said.

Among the core metro counties, Clayton had the highest unemployment rate at 12.8 percent. Fulton was next with 10.8 percent, followed by DeKalb (10.5 percent), Cobb (9.5 percent) and Gwinnett (9.2 percent).

The city of Atlanta posted a jobless rate of 11.5 percent in September. That was down from 11.7 percent in August, but up from 11.3 percent a year ago.

Last week, the labor department reported that Georgia’s unemployment rate rose to 10.3 percent in September, up from 10.2 percent in August.

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

Georgia’s rate increased because of a loss of 15,100 jobs from August and because many new job seekers have been unable to find work.

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terri

October 27th, 2011
5:26 am

Where are the jobs?

baily

October 27th, 2011
5:27 am

I have been looking since Jan 2011 college educated and not able to get even an interview

baily

October 27th, 2011
5:30 am

I see plenty of positions on the web but my resume seems to get lost in a black whole, it’s disheartening

Hardcore Democrat

October 27th, 2011
5:32 am

I don’t understand. I thought after we elected the community organizer our problems would be over.

Road Scholar

October 27th, 2011
6:33 am

Hardcore: The state is run by Republicans. No wonder you are confused! Isn’t another business tax break in order, I mean, since the past ones have worked so well! Gov deal and Boehmer…where are the jobs?

James

October 27th, 2011
6:42 am

Road Kill Scholar at 6:33am,

Did not the Obama administration promise that if the stimulus package was passed … unemployment would not exceed 8%? Are you really that blind? Stop drinking the kool-aid.

Jeffery Yoder

October 27th, 2011
7:00 am

I moved from the depressed 3rd world city of Atlanta and have never been happier. My Condo lost 60% of it’s value, no job and the GOP led state that promised Jobs, Jobs Jobs is working great huh? I now live where the unemployement rate is 6% and have a wonderful career! Good luck tax cut for the rich GOP in your 9 years of NO JOB creation for Georgia..LOL

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Obama

October 27th, 2011
7:07 am

The stimulus is working…everywhere but Georgia.

Harry Reid

October 27th, 2011
7:42 am

Enter your comments here

Harry Reid

October 27th, 2011
7:42 am

Don’t worry Atlanta, I am taking care of this problem.

Butch Cassidy

October 27th, 2011
8:08 am

James – “Did not the Obama administration promise that if the stimulus package was passed … unemployment would not exceed 8%? Are you really that blind? Stop drinking the kool-aid.”

Did not Nathan Deal promise that if elected he would focus on putting Georgians back to work? Are you really that blind? Stop drinking the kool-aid.

Butch Cassidy

October 27th, 2011
8:12 am

Harry Reid – “Don’t worry Atlanta, I am taking care of this problem”

Hey Harry, you do realize that you are the Senator from NEVADA right? And that you have little to NO influence as to the unemployment in GEORGIA. Right? I can’t understand why unemployment in Georgia is higher than the national average with genius material like Harry, Obama, James and Hardcore available.

Karl Marx

October 27th, 2011
8:51 am

Henry I heard you on the radio this morning say the ecomomy went into recovery 2 years ago but job recovery hasn’t. ARE YOU KIDDING…. You cannot have a recovery without jobs. The recession is just as bad if not worse than it was 2 years ago. No such thing as a jobless recovery Henry.

Kate

October 27th, 2011
9:15 am

Politicians don’t create jobs. Businesses create jobs. And businesses no longer need to hire people with little education. Jobs previously held by those people have been automated. That’s only going to continue.

Unfortunately, there’s a serious education issue in Georgia (and the rest of the south). Check the high school drop out rate, SAT scores, college degree attainment …you’ll notice Georgia at the bottom of all the lists. It’s been a systemic problem for decades. There’s your issue. And sadly it’s cultural, not political.

Terri

October 27th, 2011
10:29 am

Ga leads in gap between rich and poor, mmm, Ga leads nation in unemployment, mmm, Ga (the south) leads in worst schools systems, I need to GTF outta here!

p.s. the dating scene sucks too!

Henry Unger

October 27th, 2011
10:57 am

Karl Marx: I agree with you. I said that the recession started in December 2007 and ended in June 2009, according to the economists who judge those things. I do not think you can have a jobless recovery, either.

Elliot Garcia

October 27th, 2011
11:05 am

Bailey, you are not going to find a job on the internet….with a college education, you have to be smarter than that…

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