Metro Atlanta’s jobless rate drops sharply to 9.2 percent in November

Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate fell sharply to 9.2 percent in November from 9.9 percent in October, the state labor department said Thursday.

Although the local figure is not seasonally adjusted, the jobless rate declined substantially from November of last year, when it was 10.3 percent.

The unemployment picture improved because the number of jobs increased by 13,300, the labor department said.

Most of the growth was in private service-related industries, such as trade, transportation, warehousing, professional and business services, education, health care and financial services.

Also, there were fewer layoffs in construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, administrative and support services, and accommodation and food services, the labor department said.

Among metro Atlanta’s core counties, Clayton had the highest unemployment rate at 11.5 percent. Fulton was next with 9.6 percent, followed by DeKalb (9.5), Cobb (8.4) and Gwinnett (8.2).

In the city of Atlanta, the jobless rate was 10.3 percent in November, compared with 11 percent in October. A year ago, it was 11.4 percent.

Last week, the labor department reported Georgia’s unemployment rate, which is seasonally adjusted, had its largest one-month decline since 1977. It fell to 9.9 percent from 10.2 percent in October. The jobless rate was 10.4 percent in November a year ago.

The state rate dropped because of an increase of 22,400 jobs. In addition to retail trade, growth also came in financial and business services, education and health care.

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John Abraham's Groin

December 22nd, 2011
4:54 am

First! My groins all healed up and I am reAdy for the Saints Monday night!


December 22nd, 2011
5:56 am

Thank you President Obama!

(The right wingers all blamed him for the increase in unemployment; I wonder if they will now give him credit for the improvement? Guess I won’t hold my breath…)


December 22nd, 2011
6:11 am

Right wingers? Sure I will give him credit…wait, his administration promised it would stay below 8% if we pass his stimulus package. I guess Cherokee forgot about that.


December 22nd, 2011
6:25 am

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December 22nd, 2011
6:54 am

One can tell as a nation we’ve been battered and beaten into submission when we praise that the verified reportable unemployment rate has drastically fallen from 9.9 to 9.2…13,000 jobs. At this rate, it’ll be 2024 before we see unemployment rates back to prior acceptable levels.


December 22nd, 2011
7:13 am

I know why it dropped. Thousands upon thousands have exhausted their final unemployment benefits within the past two months and they drop off the list as soon as the unemployment stops. They are not employed, but are no longer part of the unemployment figures


December 22nd, 2011
7:14 am

How much of the drop is due to people continuing to drop out of the active labor force due to frustration?


December 22nd, 2011
7:25 am

The number drops when people no longer get unemployment checks — not just when they get a job. This is not reported in these reports about how wonderful things are this month.


December 22nd, 2011
7:30 am

Real unemployment is closer to 20%, but the sheeple that live in this country are too damn dumb to educate themselves, they count on government schools and government lies. There are 1.8 million people who quit looking for jobs year over year, thats why unemployment went down. Locally, the short term hiring for November and December in retail and warehousing, like UPS, will be cut and the numbe4rs will be back above 10% when the February numbers come out.

People need to wake up, the D’s and R’s have jointly run the country to the brink.


December 22nd, 2011
7:40 am

It feels so warm and fuzzy!

anti-American conservative

December 22nd, 2011
7:44 am

Attack good news and praise the bad. Same as it ever was.


December 22nd, 2011
7:47 am

@cherokee – what has Obama done to contribute to job growth in metro Atlanta? Specifically for what policies do you believe he deserves our praise that have made this happen?

I was gonna post, but....

December 22nd, 2011
7:48 am

I couldn’t say it better than everyone except “Cherokee” did. All comments are on-point, Good old Cherokee gives his/her man a pass. He can do no wrong.


December 22nd, 2011
7:53 am


He’s continued the Bush tax cuts for the mysterious job creators who haven’t done diddly since Clinton ruled the roost.


December 22nd, 2011
7:56 am

Obama should borrow GW’s cod-piece flight suit and land on a carrier to celebrate winning the Iraq War. Faux demonstrations of patriotism give tea-peeps a major hard-on.


December 22nd, 2011
8:02 am

In the same paper and on the front page of the right now is an article about the number of deliveries being made today by UPS and FedEx. Both of these companies hired temporary, seasonal help in November, as did retail stores and other holiday related businesses, which will likely be the root of the decrease in unemployment for November. “Thursday is the year’s busiest for the Sandy Springs logistics company. UPS will deliver nearly 26 million packages, or almost 300 a second. On a typical day, it delivers 15.6 million.” Those seasonal jobs will be gone in a week and we’ll see what happens to the unemployment rate after that. Who will accept credit/blame for the next increase? Will you allow Obama to accept it since you are insistent that he get credit for the decrease?


December 22nd, 2011
8:05 am

“Although the local figure is not seasonally adjusted…”

That’s about the only thing you need to read before praising the job situation.

native atlantan

December 22nd, 2011
8:14 am

Dont put too much faith in this number. My guess is that it’s an aboration, and probably doesnt reflct anyone you know that is out of work and now has a job.


December 22nd, 2011
8:18 am

Thank God for abortion or the numbers would look worse.


December 22nd, 2011
8:24 am

Where are you getting these numbers? I am an attorney and haven’t been able to find a job the last year… I’ve looked in many fields outside of law. There just aren’t any jobs out there unless you want to work retail. What a joke.

Worthington Deboise

December 22nd, 2011
8:31 am

When will the job creators get off their collective duff and create jobs. Funny to see the cons relying on the govt. to create jobs when we all know the private sector is the economic engine. By the way, thank you Pres. Obama for keeping us save, unlike the previous President. Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Rhamadan, and a blessed festivus for the rest of us.


December 22nd, 2011
8:31 am

Yep this arrticle is a JOKE!!! So many have lost benefits and never were even counted due to NOT being able to file! I wish just someone would wake up in this country!

Worthington Deboise

December 22nd, 2011
8:32 am

Fake Numbers

December 22nd, 2011
8:37 am

The ONLY reason why the unemployment rate is falsely being reported as if it really keith said is because of the people who either ran completely out of their unemployment payments or people that just gave up job searching. I do believe that maybe 500 people went back to work full-time or part-time jobs, but I do not believe it actually dropped. Plus the Republicans in the House has dropped the unemployment extension which is dead wrong….NOTE: EVERYBODY need to get to the poles and vote these foolish Republicans OUT of the House of Representatives because they could care less about 99.9% of Americans!

OBAMA 2012 :)


December 22nd, 2011
8:49 am

It is amazing how the lamestream media cowtows to the Obama relection effort by putting out this drivel.Drops sharply!.Really? What a laugh.If it dropped 5% that would be news.However watch for the “adjustment” that will come out in the near future(which if reported at all will be hidden in backpages) It will jump back up.The true number in Georgia is 20-25%.Especially in the construction and housing market.The goverment is playing games with the real numbers.


December 22nd, 2011
9:03 am

@ATL -what had Obama done to contribute to job decline in metro Atlanta? Specifically for what policies do you believe he deserves our criticism that made the previous happen?

#occupy my desk...

December 22nd, 2011
9:05 am

Cherokee – it is seasonal dude. There is always a huge spike during retail acceleration. You might as well thank Obama for rain too because he had as much to do with both of those. Remember that huge spike that just happened to coincide with the census? Well, that went away too…

Butch Cassidy

December 22nd, 2011
9:06 am

Tim – “wait, his administration promised it would stay below 8% if we pass his stimulus package. I guess Cherokee forgot about that.”

wait, the TARP program implmented by the Bush adminstration was supposed to arrest the free fall of the economy in 2008. Guess Tim forgot about that. And as to Cherokees point, threre are a lot of people that blame Obama every time a story like this related to Georgia comes out. So if you can’t give him credit for improvment, than logically you can’t blame him for the opposite. Unless your willing to concede that they must be holding Obama parades every week in North Dakopta, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa becuase of their substantially lower unemployment numbers.

#occupy my desk...

December 22nd, 2011
9:15 am

But thank God our problems are over! Obama must have solved them during his giant publicity stunt yesterday…er um…his last minute holiday shopping trip to Petsmart. Just think, that dog bone he bought, coupled with 30 vehicles and 100 secret service agents, only cost the American taxpayer $100,000. I mean really, my boss doesn’t even do her own shopping, are we expected to believe that the POTUS camps out for Black Friday sales?

Progressive Humanist

December 22nd, 2011
9:23 am


You claim the decrease is due to seasonal hiring. It’s currently 9.2%. Last year at this time it was 11.4%. That’s a decrease of 2.2%, which is HUGE. Last year’s 11.4% rate (same holiday season) would have been prone to the same influences of Christmas hiring for retail, warehouse, delivery, etc. but yet you argue that the change isn’t real? Your claim doesn’t hold water.

Buzz G

December 22nd, 2011
9:26 am

Nationwide gas sold for $1.76 the day Obama was sworn in. Last week it dropped under $3 for the first time in a couple of years and the AJC gave Obama credit for it. To the lefties running the
AJC, Obama can do no wrong. But Americans have finally figured it out and it will be Obama standing in the unemployment line in 2013.

#occupy my desk...

December 22nd, 2011
9:34 am


It absolutely holds water – jobless benefits expired for roughly 15% since Q4 2010 according to US labor bureau , who would not be reflected in these figures. Subtract that 15% and add back in 10% for seasonal hiring and what do you have?

I’ll take it regardless, but let’s not throw a parade quite yet, we still have work to do. I do think it is funny that the unemployment rates by county is exactly proportionate to Repub v Dem – the lowest have more repubs, the highest have more dems…just sayin…


December 22nd, 2011
9:37 am

democrats are for welfare……republicans are for warfare!


December 22nd, 2011
9:44 am

You all need a high school economics course on how unemployment is calculated. You just have to be actively searching for a job (not collecting benefits). It has been calculated this way for decades. It may not be 100% accurate but the methodology has been the same so old numbers are comparable.

The number of initial jobless claims is driven by unemployment insurance claims. Everyone needs to stop doing random guessing on what true unemployment is and spend 5 min researching what the numbers mean.

Progressive Humanist

December 22nd, 2011
9:50 am


I can tell you don’t don’t have much training in statistics or research.

What makes you think you can just randomly add 10% for seasonal hiring? Or that the 15% who may have lost benefits equates in any way to your 10% (made up number) who supposed were seasonal hires? Those numbers are from two different pools- the first from only unemployed workers and the second is the general population. You can’t add numbers from different samples.

And then you go on to imply causation (high unemployment rates) due to correlation (political affiliation). The very first thing that is taught in freshman statistics is that correlation does not imply causation. And the correlation you suggest is very, very weak due to a huge number of confounding variables. There are too many to list.

I sure hope that desk you’re occupying is in a cubicle and no one is allowing you to make actual decisions beyond whether to put cream or sugar in their coffee.

Warrior Woman

December 22nd, 2011
9:56 am

@Progressive Humanist – Last year’s numbers have been seasonally adjusted already, this year’s haven’t. You’re comparing apples to oranges.


December 22nd, 2011
10:01 am

Obama should tell everyone to go shopping like GW did after 911.


December 22nd, 2011
10:02 am

Wait a second. When the unemployment numbers in the state remained high, the Republican policies in GA were to blame, now that those numbers are going down, the president gets the credit. It is great the way that some folks make the news fit their needs.

Have you noticed!

December 22nd, 2011
10:10 am

The cities in this state are spending the stimulus money at a feverish pace. From Atlanta to Alpharetta to Roswell. I see road repairs, new walk ways and lights. Some body is doing the work and they are not from china. I’ve also notice a lot of new businesses, new building construction as well as new home construction. Holiday spending is also up…. Someone is working….


December 22nd, 2011
10:12 am

I’d never expect the scum of the right wing to give the President any credit. What I find so amazing is regardless of how they’ve tried to fight him on every single issue, the economy is moving forward! Sure it would of been better if they’d helped a bit but it’s still moving foward! The Republicans ran in 2010 on creating jobs! They’ve yet to introduce a jobs bill! F’ing scumbags!

Progressive Humanist

December 22nd, 2011
10:20 am


You say that If unemployment dropped 5% then that would be news, but a drop of .7% over a month or 2.2% over a year is not news? I sure hope UGA, one of my alma maters, did not confer a degree upon you. That would be an embarrassment to the university.

Historically, unemployment stands at about 5% in a good economy, so if unemployment dropped 5%, then that would be like going from normal unemployment figures to zero unemployment overnight. Technically, you’re right, that would be news in the same way that it would be news if the sun rose in the west and pigs sprouted wings.

A drop of .7% in a month is huge, as is 2.2% in a year, for those trying to argue the change is a mirage based on seasonal forces. As a matter of fact, a drop of .7% over a month and 2.2% over a year is so big it’s difficult to believe it’s real, but regardless it’s a very encouraging sign.

To illustrate, if the unemployment rate for the general population was 9.9% last month, a drop of .7% in the general population means that 7% of those who were unemployed last month are no longer unemployed this month. Do the math- divide .7 by 9.9 and you will get the percentage of previously unemployed who are no longer counted as unemployed (7% of previously unemployed versus .7% of the general population). Seven percent is a huge number.

Of course, some people drop out of the workforce and some are added to it, so the exact numbers are impossible to determine, but anyone who thinks these numbers are not news doesn’t have a clue.

Progressive Humanist

December 22nd, 2011
10:25 am

Warrior Woman,

Do you know that the figures given for last year were seasonally adjusted? The 11.4% cited in the article may have been seasonally adjusted, but the article did not say that. Do you have some other data you’re looking at or are you just assuming that the AJC reported nonequivalent statistics?


December 22nd, 2011
10:33 am

Please continue the tax cuts for myself and friends. I love the way the right hates our president, it will keep me well off.
I can’t believe we found a bunch of dummies to support our agendas and keep us getting richer! Go backwood tea partiers!

Keep the tax cuts, I won’t hire because I dont need to!

Republicans please bring down the governement. Take along police officers and firefighters so we really have no government so my friends and I along with corporate interest can really look after you and guide this country into the future..

Butch Cassidy

December 22nd, 2011
10:40 am

Buzz G – “Obama standing in the unemployment line in 2013.”

Yes, because that’s what happens to ex presidents after they leave office. They automatically run down to their local unemployment center to register for benefits.


December 22nd, 2011
11:00 am

Keith and others are correct in saying these unemployment numbers are wrong. I exhausted my unemployment benefits at the end of Sept. and I am still out of work. I am an older worker (62) with a college degree and there are no jobs available for people in my age group. I am one of many people in this situation and we are no longer counted in the Labor Department statistics. The actual unemployment figure is more than 15% in ATL and across the state of GA.


December 22nd, 2011
11:01 am

Wealthy- the poster sounds like a fool. The whole situtation can be summed up easily. Simply, Republicans have the mindset of “this is my glass and it’s either half full or half empty, but at least it’s my glass”. As opposed to these liberal idiots that look at the situation as this- ” Oh my God, his glass is fuller than mine, and I deserve to have the same as he or she does although I haven’t earned it.”

stranger in a strange land

December 22nd, 2011
11:26 am

So now I’m happy that unemployment is below 10%, when a few years ago the world was coming to an end at 7%? Just like I’m happy now that gas has come down to $3/gal when it was $2/gal not so long ago. All a matter of perspective. Not quite there yet, but trying to become comfortably numb.

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Catfish Turner

December 22nd, 2011
11:36 am

This whole unemployment thing is all about the entitlement attitude that most americans have..Americans are spoiled..the problem isnt that there isnt jobs there are plenty of jobs…I’ve worked at 3 different jobs in Indianapolis since I moved here from Atlanta in 2010 and I left 2 of 3 on my own terms, while I’m currently working at my latest job…sure I dont make as much money as I did in Atlanta, but I’M STILL WORKING……THE PROBLEM IS THAT MOST AMERICANS ARE NOT WILLING TO WORK FOR LESS THAN WHAT THEY MADE AT THERE LAST JOB…ME PERSONALLY I WOULD WORK MULTIPLE JOBS AT MULTIPLE FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS IF I REALLY HAD TO AND I’M NOT EVEN MEXICAN OR WHITE