Metro Atlanta’s jobless rate falls to 9.9 percent in October

Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate fell to 9.9 percent in October from 10.2 percent in September, the state labor department said Thursday.

There also was a decline from a year ago when the jobless rate was 10.2 percent.

The last time metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate was under 10 percent was in May, when it was 9.7 percent.

October’s rate dropped because the number of jobs increased by 13,900 in the metro area, the labor department said. Most of the growth was in service-related industries, such as professional and business services, trade, transportation, warehousing, education and health services.

In the core metro counties, Clayton posted the highest October jobless rate at 12.3 percent. Fulton was next with 10.4 percent, followed by DeKalb (10.2 percent), Cobb (9.1 percent) and Gwinnett (8.8 percent).

The city of Atlanta’s unemployment rate was 11 percent, down from 11.5 percent in September and 11.2 percent a year ago.

Statewide, metro Athens had the lowest area rate at 7.5 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 12.7 percent.

Last week, the labor department said holiday hiring helped push down Georgia’s unemployment rate to 10.2 percent in October from 10.3 percent in September, as well as from October a year ago.

The rate dropped because Georgia added 26,500 jobs, 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.

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

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Moochers

November 24th, 2011
8:22 am

well it lookes like the lazie occutard bums are getting off there buts to get some money for there xmas mariwanna joints.

pw12

November 24th, 2011
9:22 am

Hey @ mooochers I was laid off due to no work..not everyone wants to mooch…so while u SIP on your champaign and eat Brussels sprouts ill be looking for a job during the day and talking to folks to see if they need any electrical work done.

zorro

November 24th, 2011
9:23 am

And it should be a lot lower than this, had we had the right policies to start with starting Jan 2009!!!!!, Anybody else {McCain} we would start to come out of this mess!!!!!

Jawja

November 24th, 2011
9:29 am

HAHAHAHAH, McCain would have gotten out of this mess!? Yeah OK.

pw12

November 24th, 2011
9:35 am

Obama tried to do too much..shoulda concentrated on job market and military..uusa needs to worry more about ourselves and less about other countries..take care of your own backyard before worrying about others..medical could have waited..

Fred

November 24th, 2011
9:48 am

I was waiting for the obligatory jab at Obama. I think he’s done the best he can considering the economic mess he inherited. High fuel prices and the housing bubble were not brought on by this man. The problem I see are the legislators that don’t work for the common good of the people. All lobbyist should be eliminated. Set term limits too. No, I did not vote for Obama.

The only GOP canidate I like is Ron Paul and has no chance.

Fred

November 24th, 2011
11:10 am

candidate…my bad

Lee Ward

November 24th, 2011
11:40 am

statistical manipulation. As people are no longer able to receive unemployment benefits due to length of time unemployed, they are no longer counted on the unemployment statistics. Everyone unemployed today could remain unemployed and eventually the unemployment numbers would go to zero.

Empty numbers deliberately manipulated to influence how you perceive your economic well being so that you will continue to be a good little consumer and keep buying things you don’t need with money you don’t have.

True unemployment numbers are around 20% nationwide and Atlanta is no exception, especially since its fortune became so entwined with housing and construction, it is likely to be closer to 25% in places like Atlanta, Nevada, Arizona, really anywhere except the oil patch states.

kaycee

November 24th, 2011
12:30 pm

@Lee Ward, I think you are a little off about the nature of the unemployment stats. Those people who exhaust their jobless benefits and are still jobless are still counted as unemployed. I agree numbers can be manipulated, but what evidence do you have that the unemployment stats have been jiggered? Besides, if there was some evil force jiggering the numbers to get people to buy stuff they don’t need, why haven’t the numbers been jiggered to get people spending at a “full employment” rate RIGHT NOW? Finally, what is your source for the 20 percent rate nationwide?
I feel your frustration but you have to get the facts straight.

Mr Charlie

November 24th, 2011
2:01 pm

Unemployment (or joblessness), as defined by the International Labour Organization, occurs when people are without jobs and they have actively sought work within the past four weeks.[2] The unemployment rate is a measure of the prevalence of unemployment and it is calculated as a percentage by dividing the number of unemployed individuals by all individuals currently in the labour force.

So, when one stops looking for work over a 4 week period, they do not count as unemployed.

Mr Charlie

November 24th, 2011
2:10 pm

So when people just give up and quit even trying to find a job, they are not counted and unemployed.

Tiesha

November 24th, 2011
3:49 pm

Yep, the unemployment benefits are running out for the long termers so they’re getting up off the sofa and going back to work. Employers who need workers have had to compete against these incentive-killing government handouts that run for 2+ years in some cases.

Don't Believe The Hype

November 24th, 2011
4:43 pm

There’s no truth in these unemployment rate when you factor in temporary employment! What’s the rate for the underemployed? I will rejoice when the unemployment rate fails below 6 percent like New Hampshire.

vinny

November 24th, 2011
4:47 pm

I am UNDER employed working 3 jobs and working 7 days a week! One of those jobs only pays $9 an hour! That’s not the way I WANT to be employed but it’s the reality of the job market. How many of those “employed” numbers are making under $10 an hour and in the poverty level? A decent job pays 40-50K. I used to make $75k, that’s a REAL job.

memphisjimmy

November 24th, 2011
7:15 pm

I had to move to memphis to get a job! Suck it up losers and face the “new normal”!

Happy Kwanza…

native atlantan

November 24th, 2011
9:29 pm

Jobless rate falls to 9.9% in Atlanta, THE RECESSION IS OVER !!!!!

rally

November 24th, 2011
11:06 pm

@KACEE HERE IS YOUR STATS……

http://WWW.SHADOWSTATS.COM READ UP AND DISCOVER THE REAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AND THINGS THEY DON’T WANT YOU TO SEE….ITS A PRETTY ACCURATE SITE

rally

November 24th, 2011
11:07 pm

rally

November 24th, 2011
11:12 pm

I love how people think they know jack squat in the economy but they just run off at the mouth and say where is your evidence…..and then when the evidence shows facts they dismiss it and say oh that can’t be…no your wrong….

The proof is in the pudding. They are lying and manipulating the numbers to get Obammer reelected and they know it. I think your a little naive if any of you on here don’t think this man will get reelected….because he will. He is arrogant….naive…..and a narcissist who will do any thing to stay in power. You are not getting this man out of office until hell freezes over. So enjoy the party….stay safe….stay alert……

Over and Out

KristiKreme

November 25th, 2011
12:30 am

Didn’t the unemployment rate dip last year around this time as well? It was due to the extra holiday help, right? But this year it’s because people have given up on finding a job and have stopped collecting unemployment? Let’s see what the unemployment rate is once February rolls around.

Ej Moosa

November 25th, 2011
8:39 am

This number has become a relatively useless metric. It’s like using the humidity to determine whether or not rain is likely.

Hiring in earnest will return when small businesses are once again able to earn consistent profits. For that to happen, government need to do two things

Roll back the minimum wage increases and let the markets determine fair wages.

Roll back Obamacare and remove the unknown expenses that will come with the hiring of employees.

native atlantan

November 25th, 2011
8:52 am

I dont think that the black voters are even stupid enough this time around to put their brother Obama back in the big house for 4 more years.

Raul

November 25th, 2011
9:00 am

Obama is a DOUCHE BAG, I HOPE HIS ASS FADES AWAY…..

Hot Dog

November 25th, 2011
10:53 am

Wow! After all that pretending to be thankful on Thursday, the BOZO’s are back! Here comes Rally!. It’s so sad that you have an ax to grind with the president. We all know the only reason you don’t want Mr. Obama as your president.

You and others like you continue to let the rest of the world know, how far we have come as a nation. Obviously, not very far at all!

I want you to imagine what it would be like with John McCain and Sarah in the white house. That thought frightens me more that any thought I could ever have when it comes to our president.

Perhaps you should spend more time trying to offer solutions than attacks. I ask you, if you were president, what would you do if the head of the senate minority stated on the day our president was inaugurated and I quote ” I want to make sure he’s a 1 term president”. Or better yet, from your savior (and I don’t have to mention any names…and I quote again…”I hope he fails”. Now does this sound like someone who is interested in this country’s welfare or their own personal agenda?

I welcome your response!

Hot Dog

November 25th, 2011
11:00 am

Hey native atlantan and Raul…. You and others like you are the BOZO’s I am constantly referring to. Let’s see what happens when that lying cheating NEWT becomes your president. You think Clinton was bad, JUST wait and see what that SLIM BALL does. His 3rd wife will be upstaged by a 4th wife. Oh, I’m sorry, that’s what you losers want running this country…ANOTHER LOSER WITH NO VALUES AND COULD GIVE A TINKERS D@@N ABOUT ANYONE BUT THEMSELVES. What losers you are!

Elliot Garcia

November 25th, 2011
12:16 pm

Vinny has 3 jobs and still has time to post here….I call BS….

Come On Man!

November 25th, 2011
12:56 pm

Funny how people always want to blame Pres. Obama for the employment number, but yet they are unable to specifically name a policy that has resulted in job loss. How about the do-nothing congress? It is funny how the same people who say “the federal government does not create jobs” are also the same people who are blaming the President for the high unemployment numbers. You can’t have it both ways….

Da Mick

November 25th, 2011
4:17 pm

It’s not normally my way to wish ill will on anyone. But Tiesha, since you find it so easy to spew that kind of negative venom out there and propagate ill will toward people who are struggling, my wish for you is that you lose that cushy secure perch that make you feel so superior to others, and see what it’s like out there trying to find a job that you can make a living on these days.

Folks, we are in the midst of historical change, and while you want to tie it to the president or whatever political mindset you choose, it’s a force that’s been coming for a long to time to this country as a result of our short-sighted business and governmental policies and anything goes mentality toward greed. Is the American dream really about maximum profits, at any cost, while you country basically burns out its abiltity to support its own populace as a result? That’s pretty much where we are. It didn’t happen overnight, or over the last three years.

Politics aside, and I’m not saying he’s the answer, but in all honesty, Obama is the ONLY politician I’ve ever heard anywhere who’s even brought this problem up in context of the serious ramifications it has for the future of this country. Everyone else, Dems and Repubs alike, have just regarded this like it’s another recession that we have to weather, and things will go back to normal. It isn’t. Dramatic change is required, and you should be wary of anyone who’s trying to sell us the idea of easily getting things back to business as usual. For one thing, this is a global problem — it’s much more deep-seated than just here. There’s no one to help each other out of this mess, because everyone’s in it.

There simply are not enough jobs to be had for the consumer-oriented society that America has become. We are not able to sustain a living standard at the inflated level to which we have become accustomed.

It’s extremely frightening, but true. We’re living through a pivital period of history, and we don’t even realize it.

montell

November 25th, 2011
6:31 pm

my unemployment benefits will be running out in a few weeks—I need more money than this chump change I get from the state—the government needs to come up with more money and benefits.

native atlantan

November 25th, 2011
8:47 pm

No one in their right mind should want to be President. Why do you think they all get so much grey hair in 4 to 8 years? Must be for all the money they make after their term is over, and a Presidential Library gets named after them. To be honest, I dislike mrs O much more than mr. O.

Hot Dog

November 25th, 2011
9:22 pm

Hey native atlantan, Then you really have issues! Please seek help before this mental disorder you have revealed, overtakes your mind and you do harm to yourself!

Buzz G

November 26th, 2011
7:15 am

Honest Miguel

November 26th, 2011
9:13 am

Hey mangs, what about all my homeys here on Buford highway, we work d hardest but no one helps us out.

native atlantan

November 26th, 2011
9:13 am

Only issue I have is giving a rats ass about what someone else thinks about my opinion. Guess that means you dog.

TFW

November 26th, 2011
2:09 pm

Most of these jobs were temporary, retail, part-time. They’ll be gone in January. And these kinds of jobs are NOT a living wage!

Single Mom of Two

November 30th, 2011
5:06 pm

I received my layoff notice. Let me know if you know of any companies hiring. I am a hard worker and a college grad (technical).