Georgia’s jobless rate falls to 9.9 percent in November

Georgia’s unemployment rate fell to 9.9 percent in November from 10.2 percent in October — the largest one-month decline in 34 years, the state labor department said Thursday.

The increase of 22,400 jobs from October was broader than just holiday hiring, the labor department said.

“We had the best November since 2007 for retail hiring, while seeing gains in the financial and business sectors,” Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a statement. “These two sectors have been hit very hard by the recession. This is encouraging news.”

The number of jobs rose 0.6 percent to 3,838,700 in November. In addition to retail, financial and business services, there were more jobs in education and health care.

Despite those gains, Georgia had 19,900 fewer jobs than in November of last year, when the unemployment rate was 10.4 percent, the labor department said. Economists often say the combination of fewer jobs and a lower unemployment rate — November 2011 vs. November 2010 — can be attributed to job seekers dropping out of the labor force because they’ve become too discouraged to look for work. Those not looking for work are not counted as unemployed.

“State and local governments have cut 22,500 jobs over the last year, while the private sector has gained 2,600 jobs.” Butler said. Private sector growth has been primarily in manufacturing and service-related industries.

Georgians still face a job market considerably worse than in the nation as a whole. November was the 52nd consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 8.6 percent.

The number of first-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits rose to 57,573 in November — up 3.1 percent from October. Most of the increase was due to temporary layoffs in several industries, including manufacturing, wholesale trade and services. But there was an annual decrease in initial claims of 15 percent from November of last year.

The number of long-term unemployed workers — those out of work at least 27 weeks — declined 1.3 percent from October to November to 248,900. The long-term unemployed account for 53.2 percent of Georgia’s 467,722 jobless workers.

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William

December 15th, 2011
5:56 am

the “largest drop in GA history” bring it to 10% ….
Way to go, Barry, you’re sure doing a heck of a job…

Shadow7071

December 15th, 2011
6:01 am

As unemployment benefits run out those people will drop off of the unemployment radar thus falsely showing a decrease in unemployment.

Truth and Logic

December 15th, 2011
6:01 am

@William..your short-term memory is faulty like many, many americans

GA_Observer

December 15th, 2011
6:03 am

In anticipation of the departure of the Kenyan Marxist no doubt.

Still ain't happening

December 15th, 2011
6:07 am

Federal government and arrogant lowest-common-demonimator federal employees. That’s the future. RIP free enterprise system. Thanks you, Mr. president.

woodrow

December 15th, 2011
6:08 am

There are no jobs. And what jobs are out there pay so little you could not call them jobs. You can play with figures all you want, but nobody is fooled. We are in the midst of a job depression. If you are young or black, your unemployment is about 50%. If you are over 50, you are virtually unemployable. Everyone else is making depressed wages except the 1% who are doing fabulous.

Real estate barometer

December 15th, 2011
6:12 am

Every major real estate market in the U.S. continues to inch downward . . . except one –the Washington DC area. There’s only one way to interpret that. Not all drones are in the air above global hotspots. Many are walking around and paying dues to the democrat party.

Buzz G

December 15th, 2011
6:16 am

Don’t believe it. The Feds (Obama and the Democrats) have changed the base to make things look rosie. We are still in a swamp of Federal debt ($15.2 trillion) and unemployment (real national unemployment at over 11 per cent. Never before have we had this many kids with Master’s degrees, big school debt, holding minimum wage jobs. Thank you Obama.

dd

December 15th, 2011
6:22 am

Oh, please stop whining.

Take personal responsibility for yourself and make your own way in this world.

Isn’t that the Republican mantra? Start your own business. You guys are big on that.

N-GA

December 15th, 2011
6:26 am

Get rid of the Party of NO! so that maybe the government can start doing something…anything! The GOtP is pro-business/anti-citizen.

Cherokee

December 15th, 2011
6:28 am

Good luck with that.

They’d rather whine.

National unemployment rate – mixed government, with a Democratic president – dropping to 8.6%

Georgia, run by Republicans, with substantially higher unemployment. Yet it’s Obama’s fault?

Righttttt….

Road Scholar

December 15th, 2011
6:31 am

So, the Repubs and the people of this state have no ifluence on jobs? How about all those Georgia tax breaks for businesses passed in the last years under the state’s control? Your anger has clouded your brains!

PayAttention

December 15th, 2011
6:39 am

The percentage of “drop” is relevant to those who are on the paper trail.
If you don’t ‘officially’ register for unemployment – you are not counted in the numbers.
If you are ineligible for unemployment – you are not counted in the numbers.
If you don’t fit the paper-trail that the GUVment considers unemployed – you are not counted in the numbers.

So now, let’s celebrate a small percentage employment numbers – during the Christmas season as a good time to count the numbers and make this socialist Obama look like he’s worth his “change” stump-speaches. Folks, pay attention to the facts and make our country’s GUVment come back to “We the People”.

Road Scholar

December 15th, 2011
6:43 am

How is President Obama “socialist”? Please be specific. Then answer, what does the Congress have to do with our economy?

PayAttention

December 15th, 2011
6:50 am

Socialist 101 – Obamacare to start with. Then, let’s look at the book “The Audacity of Hope”…straight from the horse’s mouth…nuff said.

RedandBlackPeachy

December 15th, 2011
7:12 am

Just SHUT UP already about Republican or Democrats. Each party has ideals and principles and each party have so many people in different levels of government who can’t relate that the party lines just really don’t mean a doggone thing anymore about what can and will happen. And you know who is to blame? US! The stupid citizens of America who continue to vote the ineptitude and the selfish into office. Want to make a real difference? Toss out all professional politicians who the only thing they have ever done is work and game government jobs. Until then partisan politics as we know it today is the fault “of the People, by the People”.

Sheesh

December 15th, 2011
7:34 am

For those who have never bothered to actually read the definition of socialism and simply regurgitate the talking points they hear on Fox and talk radio, please stop embarrassing yourselves. “Obamacare” does not nationalize the health care system or place control of capital in public hands. You may not care for his policy proposals, but incorrectly screeching that everything he does is socialist (while having absolutely no concept of what the word actually means) accomplishes nothing other than exposing your ignorance. Perhaps your time would be better spent reflecting on why your day-to-day life is consumed with so much anger and blind hatred against the half of America who happens to have a different perspective on the issues and prefer a approach to tackling our nation’s challenges than you do. Has being constantly furious for the past three years actually accomplished anything to make the world a better place?

native atlantan

December 15th, 2011
7:36 am

Who out there knows when any of us average, middle of the road folks will see out present day lot in life change to any noticeable degree? Good jobs are hard to find, businesses are keeping costs down , not spending and on top of that raising prices. Those that are working are not seeing their take home increase, but instead are seeing it decrease. Every creditor we each has is trying to raise their prices, energy, cable, insurance, etc. I said it a year ago, and I’ll say it again now, “I hope next year is better for all of us”, but at this point, I dont know if thats a realistic wish or not. btw, next year is an election year, and that is usually not a good thing for the economy leading up to the election. We need a BIG change in Washington, and it starts in the White House.

Corey

December 15th, 2011
7:39 am

The one thing lost in this conversation is the fact that the amount of government sector jobs being shed way outstrips the gain in private sector jobs by a huge margin. The loss of government sector jobs makes right leaning politicians and thier supporters gleeful, but an unemployed person is an unemployed person and another statstic in the unemployment rate. Until the private sector can create enough jobs to absorb the number of governement employees losing their jobs unemployment will remain high. (State and local governments have cut 22,500 jobs over the last year, while the private sector has gained 2,600 jobs) You do the math.

Twooten

December 15th, 2011
7:47 am

Bull.

Anybody who opens there eyes sees its a lot worse than these “numbers” that come out.

Pamela

December 15th, 2011
8:00 am

The MAIN reason why it dropped is because a lot of people stopped searching for jobs. They gave up. Also a lot of people dropped off receiving unemployment benefits because it ran out. Another thing…A lot of places are now hiring part-time workers. They lay off their full time employees and hire p/timers so they won’t have to pay benefits. I can’t WAIT until President Obamas’ health care bill passes. Then those cheap,stingy employers will not be able to get away with all the crap they are doing! Lets’ see what those numbers are AFTER January 1st, 2012. I guarantee you they will sky rocket!

observer

December 15th, 2011
8:03 am

HELLO is anybody out there…..You said;

“Despite the gains, Georgia has 19,900 fewer jobs than in November of last year, when the unemployment rate was 10.4 percent, the labor department said.”

This is what hit me. 19,900 FEWER jobs THIS November 2011 with the RATE now at 9.9% than November 2010 when the RATE was 10.4% – yet the unemployment numbers are better?

19,900 FEWER employed when the rate was 10.4%, yet it is now a better rate. I know some of your readers and Georgians are pretty slack when it comes to some things, but THIS tells ME……….

ITS WORSE!

Pamela

December 15th, 2011
8:04 am

Yeah native atlantan…yeah you are right. We need to get RID of all of those Republicans that are fighting tooth and nail against EVERYTHING President Obama is trying to do. That’s why every decent American need to get to the poles and vote those Republican fools OUT of office! :)

commoncents

December 15th, 2011
8:12 am

Pamela “That’s why every decent American need to get to the poles and vote those Republican fools OUT of office!”

Are you implying “decent American[s]” are democrats/liberals?

tompro97

December 15th, 2011
8:14 am

The headlilne on this article is very misleading. A .3% drop in the rate is NOT a SHARP decrease and the writer should be ashamed of misleading AJC readers with such language. The rate will just go back up in January when Christmas workers are let go. The article also ignores those that have quit looking for work and don’t count in the figures. Overall, a very dishonest article.

MObama 2012

December 15th, 2011
8:22 am

Since Obama is responsible for the high unemployment rate, shouldn’t those of us that have jobs thank him!!!!! It could’ve been worse you know. All of you that still have jobs, vote Obama 2012

Free Enterprise

December 15th, 2011
8:31 am

You people sound like a bunch of puppets…”Its the democrats fault”….”No, its the republicans stopping progress”…The truth is none of these parties are interested in making your life any better, why can’t you see that!!!???

This is the new America, if one wants to make it here start a criminal enterprise, drugs, high-end prostitution, illegal gambling rings then clean your money up and start a real corporation! Little fly-by-night businesses is not gonna get you no where but in the street with the rest of the homeless!

Nothing to brag about

December 15th, 2011
8:36 am

Hundreds of billions spent on stimulus and benefits and we get a Hooray! headline over 9.9% unemployment? Give me an f’in break. The real unemployment rate in GA is closer to 18% at least.
And buried in the last line of the article — long-term unemployed… over 50%. Yup – we should all be celebrating! Of course, we could give up the $240/wk (taxable mind up) and work for UPS at $8.50/hr as a driver assistant for 3 weeks…..

GT

December 15th, 2011
8:39 am

Good news for the country is bad news for the Republicans. You can read it in this blog. There are people actually angry that we have something good happening. In order to be angry you must be disengaged to the outcome of good news. Who needs hope when you have what you need? How do you help a country when you are disengaged and really do not live among us? I think that was how God operated with Jesus. One thing about a black man he wakes up every day black. He feels some pain everyday and pain will keep you engaged.

Obama the Monkey has to go

December 15th, 2011
8:40 am

Pamela: ” fighting tooth and nail against EVERYTHING President Obama is trying to do.”

Gee, just yesterday the Republican house passed a bill that gives the President EVERYTHING he’s been asking for for the past 3 weeks, and the Democrat let Senate [Your political party] blocked the bill. Perhaps you need to step back from politically-rooted ignorance and actually base your comments on facts???

C J

December 15th, 2011
8:41 am

The key statement in this article is, “The number of first-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits rose to 57,573 in November — up 3.1 percent from October 2011″. That says it all for the direction of the unemployed in Georgia.

STOP

December 15th, 2011
8:41 am

Instead of complaining get out there and look.. start up a company…

Some of the people that complain are the students that had C averages in college and were more worried about hanging out than studying.

milt

December 15th, 2011
8:43 am

The poeple that have been unemployed for an extended time are finally dropping from the radar. This isn’t a true number. It is a number that has been placed there for political reasons. Now someone can say look our unemployment rate is down. Just ask them to prove it.

Oldone42

December 15th, 2011
8:43 am

“Despite the gains, Georgia has 19,900 fewer jobs than in November of last year, when the unemployment rate was 10.4 percent, the labor department said. ” .
Do you think someone is cooking the books?

Haters are Obama's Motivators

December 15th, 2011
8:56 am

@GA_Observer December 15th, 2011 6:03 am — In anticipation of the departure of the Kenyan Marxist no doubt.

It is too early to be spewing lies and hatred.

We will see who will CLIMB OUT OF THE REPUBLICAN CLOWN CAR NEXT! :)

June

December 15th, 2011
8:58 am

“Despite the gains, Georgia has 19,900 FEWER (less) jobs than in November of last year when the unemployment rate was was 10.4%, the labor department said.”

Yeah, I’m buying that……….NOT…….

Haters are Obama's Motivators

December 15th, 2011
8:59 am

@Obama the Monkey has to go December 15th, 2011 8:40 am

That is not what your mama said last night! :)

mick

December 15th, 2011
9:00 am

So you guys are quick to blame Obama. Why don’t you take a look at your GOP state leadership? What have they done to help this situation?

Also, who started the recession that caused all of these problems? Was it Obama? No – George Bush is to blame for that. Eight years of deficit spending. So why aren’t you guys complaining about Dubya.

GT

December 15th, 2011
9:00 am

“Obama the Monkey has to go did” you called someone ignorant? With a public name like that? This is the disconnect happening in this country. We have redefined everything including the definition of ignorant. Bigots use to be the most ignorant upon us, now they are clever because they hide their bigotry. Who would believe this fool is ignorant he has so cleverly hidden his true self? He should be leading the state of Georgia in the Republican convention that will resemble a Shiners convention with all the drunks and gadgetry.

When they started wearing bluejeans to church I knew this day would come.

willie lynch

December 15th, 2011
9:01 am

William

December 15th, 2011
5:56 am

Obama should have done nothing. He should have let the economy keep hemorrhaging 750K jobs per month as his predecessor had, and let the unemployment rate hit 25%. You people are a joke.

Haters are Obama's Motivators

December 15th, 2011
9:02 am

@STOP December 15th, 2011 8:41 am Instead of complaining get out there and look.. start up a company…Some of the people that complain are the students that had C averages in college and were more worried about hanging out than studying.
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The people complaining are the people who barely got a GED and think they are smart people.

OneRyder

December 15th, 2011
9:05 am

Great news, but I’m sure the far right in Ga. is upset with this news. Amazing how the Party that lost all our jobs, spent without limits, and took on decade long nation building in Iraq w/o a way to pay for it, is now upset with spending on Americans and rebuilding what they trashed.

willie lynch

December 15th, 2011
9:05 am

GA’s been in republican hands since 2003. The country was in republican hands in 2003. The problems with the economy came on the republicans watch. And you want to blame President Obama. No wonder you elected Nathan Deal, you’re not not that bright.

MObama 2012

December 15th, 2011
9:06 am

If you have a job, please thank Obama

Haters are Obama's Motivators

December 15th, 2011
9:10 am

@GT December 15th, 2011 9:00 am – Bigots use to be the most ignorant upon us, now they are clever because they hide their bigotry.
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Evil ain’t what it use to be. The struggle between good and evil is waged everyday and the battle between good and evil is FAR FROM OVER!

“IF” Newt Gingrich is elected president they are going to see that Obama was not as bad as they thought.

The problem they have with Obama is that he is BLACK! THEY NEED TO GET OVER IT!

OneRyder

December 15th, 2011
9:10 am

US ends war (NATION BUILDING) In Iraq. Thank you Obama. GOP Never asked how to pay for that mistake of all mistakes, but we’ll find a way.

Ej Moosa

December 15th, 2011
9:13 am

“Despite those gains, Georgia had 19,900 fewer jobs than in November of last year,”

That’s the only statement that you need to focus on to decide how well things are going.

It's all Relative

December 15th, 2011
9:16 am

So you guys are quick to blame Obama. Why don’t you take a look at your GOP state leadership? What have they done to help this situation?

The GOP state leadership used to be……democrats before they changed to the republican party….

Don’t get too self righteous….

Oblama

December 15th, 2011
9:17 am

Bring back the ONLY honest person to run for president since Reagen. NO NOT OBLAMA! The person the Dems & Pubs both feared and attacked because they feared he would upset their gravy train. We only have ourselves to blame for not electing Ross Perot. He had a plan to reduce the obscene government overspending, graft and corruption that has us in this mess crating by GREEDY Dems & Pub POLITICIANS. If you voted Dem or Pub you are guilty of inflicting this disaster. Government is like a cancer growing and spreading out of control.. ALL government spending should be immediately rolled back by 10 % in EVERY department. Term limits on federal politcians should be instated – two 6 year terms for senators and 2 4 year terms for the house. We don

mick

December 15th, 2011
9:17 am

Amen GT! Couldn’t have said it better myself.