Georgia jobless rate drops to 10.2 percent in October

Holiday hiring helped push Georgia’s unemployment rate down slightly to 10.2 percent in October, from 10.3 percent in September, the state labor department said Thursday.

The rate, also down from 10.3 percent a year ago, dropped because 26,500 jobs were added — up seven-tenths of a percentage point from September. While growth came in several sectors, 12,200 of the jobs occurred from early hiring in retail, transportation and warehousing as employers prepared for the holiday season, the labor department said.

“Historically, we don’t usually see a spike in retail hiring in the month of October,” said Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “However, even though this is a good sign, we will be cautiously watching the hiring trends from now until the end of the year.”

Job growth also occurred in professional and business services, educational and health services, and leisure and hospitality. Still, the number of jobs in Georgia remained 32,600 — nine-tenths of a percentage point — below October of last year.

October is the 51st consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.0 percent.

The number of first-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits in October rose 9 percent from September. Most of the first-time claims were filed in manufacturing, administrative and support services, and construction. But there was an over-the-year decrease of 2.8 percent from October of last year.

The number of long-term unemployed workers — those jobless for at least 27 weeks — increased 2,400 to 259,300 from September to October. That represents a 7.8 percent increase from October of last year. The long-term unemployed account for 53.6 percent of Georgia’s 483,605 jobless workers.

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Democratic Plantation Dweller

November 17th, 2011
6:01 am

How is that hope and change working out for you?


November 17th, 2011
6:25 am

I really don’t agree with this! even though you have skills and no matter how hard you try to get those seasonal jobs, the company still will turn you down even though they are temporary.

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November 17th, 2011
7:05 am

If Georgia is consistently higher than the national average for over four years, that isn’t an Obama problem, that’s a state leadership problem. GA is down 32k jobs from last October? Deal promised jobs.where are they?

Jobless in GA

November 17th, 2011
7:22 am

What is crazy is that we keep getting these reports of jobs coming to Ga and we do really see them but they are not hiring the “experienced” workers that they are looking for……I have been attemptingto get a job for well over 3 years now and all I can get is a job wanting to pay me minimum wage and then not even 40 hours a week……I have a family how can I survive off of that….I can do almost any job put before me but no one will give me the opportunity. SOME ONE PLEASE PLEASE HIRE MEand pay well.

Road Scholar

November 17th, 2011
7:36 am

DPD: Just fine. Thanks for asking. Now why don’t you ask Gov Deal and the rest of the Repub mob where are the jobs!?

Buzz G

November 17th, 2011
7:49 am

Things are so bright, Henry Unger has to wear shades.

native atlantan

November 17th, 2011
8:15 am

I really dont feel fortunate to have a job, when the economy is keeping my customers from taking the steps to buy more of my product, and I continue to earn about 1/2 as much as I use too with just as much work to bring in 1/2 as much as I need to be producing.

Progressive Humanist

November 17th, 2011
8:38 am

Democratic Plantation Dweller,

You might want to make some sense one of these days. In the nation as a whole, which is led by President Obama, the job market and GDP are recovering. In Georgia, which is run by right wing loons who are only interested in tax breaks and pledging allegiance to Jesus, the unemployment rate continues to be dismal. As long as Georgians continue to put the dimmest bulbs in power, the state will continue to struggle on all fronts. And as one of those bulbs, you’ll continue to blame Obama.

Butch Cassidy

November 17th, 2011
8:53 am

You gotta love Georgia. An article comes out about the pathetic unemployment rate dropping to a slightly lower pathetic unemployment rate, which is still much higher than the national average, and like clock work, the first post comes from some idiot trying to be clever by invoking the “Blame Obama” mantra. Dear Georgia, where are the jobs that your Republican leaders promised you? Duuuuhhhhhh……Where’s Obamas Birth Certificate?


November 17th, 2011
9:05 am

Congrats to the tea party state and their policies. I see it is finally working bringing your state rate to a whopping 10.2% while other states with moderate laws enjoys 6.7% like where I am at. LOL

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Karl Marx

November 17th, 2011
2:53 pm

10.2 down from 10.3 wow things are really looking rosy now. These are temporary low paying jobs that will be gone after Jan 1 2012. There is no recovery, things are just as bad now as it was last week and last year. There is no recovery in sight no mater what the EX-Perts think. Contrary to what some people think this is a national crisis not a state one and a private sector problem But it is a private sector problem that is spilling over into the public sector. It is the Private sector that pays the taxes to have the Public sector jobs. What happens to the private sector jobs so eventually happens to public sector jobs. Those states that refuse to cut public sector jobs will be the first to go Bankrupt. See California….

PT worker

November 17th, 2011
2:59 pm

Lisa it is an Obama problem, why, the stimulus was suppose to fix the unemployment and Obama and Democrats said if you don’t pass the stimulus, unemployment will go over 8%. It went up to 10 officially but in reality, its around 17% all because this guy has no clue how business operates why, he never did anything except make speeches and talk rhetoric!!! I call it BULL ****. He believe in Marxist ideology, well then if you do then I want to live in you apartment or house free because the government says you need to share your wealth, how about allowing me access to your refrigerator so I can eat! You people don’t even know what this guy was about until the crap hit you in the face.