Georgia’s jobless rate falls for third consecutive month

Georgia’s unemployment rate fell for the third straight month in December — dropping to 9.7 percent from a revised 9.8 percent in November, the state labor department said Thursday.

It’s the largest two-month decrease in unemployment since 1977, the labor department said.

A year ago, the jobless rate stood at 10.4 percent.

“This is great news for our state, particularly for Georgians who have faced a tough job market for several years now,” Gov. Nathan Deal said in a statement.

Still, Georgia’s rate remains considerably higher than the nation’s, which has dropped to 8.5 percent.

“The rate declined because 11,500 Georgians went back to work in December,” state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a statement.

He said there were “some increases in employment in areas that have been especially hard hit.”

There were 600 new construction jobs in December, the first time construction has gained jobs in December since 2003. Manufacturing grew by 400 jobs, the first December growth since 2005. Job gains also came in information services, trade and transportation.

But despite the increases in those job sectors, the overall number of jobs dropped two-tenths of a percentage point from November to 3,826,900. About one-half of the loss was seasonal jobs that traditionally end after the Christmas holidays. Still, the number of jobs in December remained 14,000 fewer than in December 2010.

“Although there were fewer jobs overall than last December, the private sector actually created 11,300 jobs over the year, which is a positive,” Butler said. “But those gains were offset by 20,300 job cuts in state and local government as the public sector adjusted to shrinking budgets.”

The number of first-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits rose to 63,714 — up 10.7 percent November. Some of the increase is attributed to traditional holiday layoffs, the labor department said.

On the positive side, the number of initial unemployment claims dropped 15.8 percent from December of last year.

Also, the number of long-term unemployed workers — those jobless for at least 27 weeks — decreased to 245,100. That’s a drop of 3,800 from November and represents the fewest number since October of 2010. Still, the long-term unemployed account for a very high 53.4 percent of the state’s jobless workers.

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am i first

January 19th, 2012
4:45 am

Said it would happen. Good news leading up until Obama 2.

John Abraham's Groin

January 19th, 2012
5:02 am

I wonder what the unemployment rate is for blacks in Georgia?

Registered Independent

January 19th, 2012
5:41 am

1977?……….Sorry, but I just don’t see much good news here.

President Barack Obama

January 19th, 2012
5:58 am

Your welcome.

My policies are working!

DrYattz

January 19th, 2012
5:59 am

Registered Independent: “Sorry, but I just don’t see much good news here.” Perhaps you might read it again. The good news is that the hemorrhaging of our financial and vocational systems has abated, and the tide has turned. Many – indeed, not all – indicators are showing improvement. Check the graph at the end of http://politicalcorrection.org/factcheck/201112120004, which shows the trend – and which shows the effects of an uncooperative Congress (deliberately slowing the growth).

Nobama

January 19th, 2012
6:48 am

If Nobama becomes Nobamo 2 I will illegally enter Mexico. Then again, they probably have more secure borders than we have.

Oh well, it’s good to be a 1%er. Enjoy your union hall meetings, loser.

Road Scholar

January 19th, 2012
7:00 am

Nobama: Delta is ready when you are! You cut and runner!

brick

January 19th, 2012
7:02 am

Misleading, report, when a person’s unemployment benifits expire they are no longer figured into the unemployment rate.

DrYattz

January 19th, 2012
7:18 am

Please, Nobama, go to Mexico! Leave NOW, and take your thieving henchmen with you. If only more of you malignant and obstructive 1%ers would go hang with the drug cartels and human trafficers south of the border, our economic recovery would be much more robust!

maestroesl

January 19th, 2012
7:49 am

“Georgia’s jobless rate falls for third consecutive month”

I do not believe this! In my opinion, there are many who give up because they feel it is futile going to the unemployment office. There are far too many things that are not considered when they give these figures. I call this nothing short of trying to get someone re-elected, even if having to be untruthful on facts. Everyone knows the government will twist numbers so they come out the way they want them.

Bob

January 19th, 2012
7:54 am

@DrYatz: Please enlighten us as to how our economic recovery would be much more robust if those that create jobs (presumably the 1%ers) leave our country? Also, to quote a former President from Georgia, your statement about moving south of the border has a “subtlety of racism”.

UnemployedAndStillLooking

January 19th, 2012
8:05 am

Personally, I can’t tell that the unemployment rate has gotten any better. This economy and job market is Georgia is very depressing still, and is breaking up a lot of families. If ANYBODY knows of any jobs, please let me know whose hiring. I spend soooo many hours online sending resumes out and applying for jobs online. The best thing Barack Obama has done was extend unemployment benefits and end the war (to get re-elected in my opinion). I’m African American and I could care less if he gets re-elected because I feel like Obama hasn’t done very much to improve our economy. It’s A LOT of people in this country and in Atlanta, GA hurting because of this screwed up job market!!!

Georgians

January 19th, 2012
8:10 am

Thank you, Mr. President!

smokenmirrors

January 19th, 2012
8:13 am

going right back up (fast)once the trillions of temp holiday workers start drawing again

Corey

January 19th, 2012
8:17 am

Naysayers, show your work which proves that the economic situation looks the same as it did in fall 2008. Sorry, emotions do not count. Hard facts and stats please. You say people have stopped looking? Do you personally know at least two people who have stopped looking? I personally know a homeless guy who has landed two jobs in less than a month.

Mary

January 19th, 2012
8:27 am

This is a buch of CRAP, yesterday the main headliner on front page was Atlanta has one of the worst economies!! So stop printing this every Thursday and with gasoline going through the roof, you really think the economy is so good…People have lost their benefits!!! My husband got a job in September and is already let go this month!!! Really people WAKE up!!

williebkind

January 19th, 2012
8:44 am

Well, I have a friend and he was laid off along with dozens of others. Yep thank you Mr. Organizer.

williebkind

January 19th, 2012
8:46 am

The only important people are the environmentalists Mary. That is the only reason gas prices are high. We have the oil and technology but they want to live like native Americans used to live–in the stone age.

maestroesl

January 19th, 2012
8:49 am

Woweee! People fall for the seasonal employment as being unemployment dropping!!!!! When are the people going to know that numbers are skewed by the government so they get desired outcomes, even if it means leaving things out?

Mary

January 19th, 2012
8:50 am

Amen, Willie…and my husband walked in a few minutes ago and said if you don’t think unemployment is BAD, go down to your local unemployment office and look into the eyes of those sitting there and the lines…Also forgot to mention that he and I are not looking just in Atlanta, since 2007 he has worked in FL let go, SC let g, back to FL let go and then here in GA like I stated before so we worked six months (which we are SO happy for) not at the pay he was no where used to and then we save and get let go again!!!

Reginald ValJohnson

January 19th, 2012
8:55 am

I hope we get a new DMV or post routes so black people can work again in this town (1: Barber, 2: Postman, 3: Government work = top jobs for African Americans in the U.S. for over 20 years). As for the rest of the private sector, buckle in. It’s going to be a fun ride!

ange nilsa

January 19th, 2012
8:59 am

it is sad to see how ignorant some people could be. The president cannot create job he could only veto laws in and out. Most people in the south makes me sick because they just stuck to their old racist ways and instead of trying to get someone that is educated and polish to run the country they keep on voting for a bunch of idiots, who lack common sense. it is no wonder why some people in other parts of the world think most americans are stupid.

JJ

January 19th, 2012
9:02 am

The data are not collected from unemployment claims. The Labor Department conducts two separate surveys — one in which they call workers directly and the other in which they collect information from employers on employment, hours and earnings. That sample includes about 160,000 businesses and government agencies at 400,000 separate workplaces.

Shav

January 19th, 2012
9:04 am

It’s all short lived. The economy and the dollar are going to collapse in the near future the way the Feds and Obama are spending $1.6T more a year than taxes collected. This dwarfs Bush and all the deficits of other Presidents before him.
Paul Ryan: “This is the most predictable crisis in history”

ange nilsa

January 19th, 2012
9:04 am

Blame the presidency before Obama for your loss of jobs and whoever sign into law sending your jobs to china and india.

Georgia Resident

January 19th, 2012
9:09 am

“How’s that ‘hope and change’ workin’ out for ya?”

Pretty darn good, I’d say. Thank you, President Obama.

Will E. Lench

January 19th, 2012
9:14 am

@JA’s groin. In MY Black household 0%! Doing quite QUITE well as a matter of fact. So is the case for the majority of people in my circle who have CAREERS, which leads me to my next pont.

@UASL You simply and obviously have the “wrong” skillset. I have been beating down recruiters for AT LEAST the past 3 months trying to lure me away from my current career position and asking me if I know of others who might be interested. I am talking 6 figure and near 6 figure opportunities. Companies willing to pay for travel and lodging out of state once again to work on projects. Retool, network, expand your horizons and stop bashing Obama. It really isn’t his fault you are unemployed, really.

Georgia Resident

January 19th, 2012
9:16 am

I’m a democrat drone on welfare. Thank you Obama!

Time to change back

January 19th, 2012
9:18 am

That only means that companies are as lean as they want to be right now and are waiting and the unemployed are done with benefits and are falling off the chart. This really means that those people will now be uncounted and either move over to the welfare system and food stamps and lose their homes so that Obama and his administration can look good. THE NUMBERS WENT DOWN,,,,,SEE. How bogus can one administration be and how stupid can come of you be to believe this. Just wait, if hes elected you time will come. Then what?

Free Enterprise

January 19th, 2012
9:23 am

Mmm that’s funny, they’re saying “Georgia’s jobless rate” is down but Atlanta is under siege and riddled with foreclosures because of so many people being unemployed here.

I wonder what world do these people live in that come up with these statistics because on Earth, Georgia in particular, I see nothing but poverty and people fighting over dead end jobs!

Gonzalez

January 19th, 2012
9:27 am

@williebkind- Why are you blaming the president for your job loss? Blame your boss @ your job! GTFOH like Obama called your boss and told him to sh@t can your azz!!!

Gonzalez

January 19th, 2012
9:28 am

All you gringos do is complain and then complain some more!!!

Gonzalez

January 19th, 2012
9:32 am

Come to Mexico gringos I have a job for you in my coca fields!!!

UnemployedAndStillLooking

January 19th, 2012
9:32 am

@ Will E. Lench (cool name by the way) it’s people like you that really piss me off. Wrong skillset? Really? Have you seen or received a copy of my resume? I have a Masters degree, designations within my industry, and I’m a member of a greek letter organization and it’s SO many people like me that still have not found employment. I’m glad the job market has not affected you in the way it has affected my family! I pray for people like YOU all the time…smh!

@Free Enterprise, you made some very valid points with that! People are losing homes, cars, and much more…it’s sad.

Free Enterprise

January 19th, 2012
9:33 am

Also, I may I add the only people I see that are really living well in Atlanta are the executive white collar type, athletes, rappers, and drug dealers! However, for the common people here not so much.

Don’t depend on the government (dems or repubs) or some guy that is recruiting for a job/company to save you. Do what you have to do in order to provide for your family rather it be legal or illegal!!!

Gonzalez

January 19th, 2012
9:35 am

Oh wait, America already came and took Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, California, and parts of Nevada, Colorado, and Oklahoma!

We lost our land and now beg for work in front of Home Depots. :) We don’t even grow the best coke, that is in South America. We’re basically just errand boys for Columbian drug cartels. VIVA MEXICO!

Yeah, we suck and we know it.

Red

January 19th, 2012
9:54 am

So as the number increased liberals blamed Sonny. As it decreases they praise Obama. I wonder if those certain liberals who regularly post here that said this rate was entirely a GA issue (calling GA backwards and stupid) will now say this was Deal’s doing or this was Obama’s doing. You see, with a liberal the logic of an argument changes depending on the news. Standards they hold based on one set of facts will NOT hold if the flipside occurs. But since when do liberals actually make sense.

FERGIE

January 19th, 2012
9:57 am

Everything is looking up for our President. Whether you like him or not, he is looking out for the best interest of Americans – particularly the middle and lower class. I want to make another point. There are more white people in this country on welfare and food stamps that there are Blacks.

FERGIE

January 19th, 2012
10:06 am

I want to make another point: Blacks are 13% of the U.S. population but are disproportionately incarcerated and supported by the state. Anyone want to talk about violent crime, graduation rates, and the lack of a role model (father) in the home when it comes to Blacks?

I don’t. I just want to live in a world where Obama’s doing well and I know what I’m talking about, so I stay on the internet.

vesaversa

January 19th, 2012
10:11 am

The economy is recovering but the media have very slow in reporting that.Obama 2012

GTT

January 19th, 2012
10:13 am

Meanwhile, the Great Recession rages on unabated in northwest Georgia. We’re heading into year five.

Will E. Lench

January 19th, 2012
10:15 am

Well @UASL I’m sorry your bitterness has gotten the best of you, so much so that you could not discern that my inclusion of double-quotes around wrong (”wrong”) was done so as to make clear to you that I was not putting down your skillset. My screen name was deliberate. Now let me tell you about the problem with YOUR type. YOU are the type of person who believes simply because they have a little piece of paper (even an M.S.,MBA or whatever), or are a “Greek”, you have arrived and that’s your ticket to success. Your Greek letters don’t mean **** off the yard, though you may think in this land of prententiousness that is Atlanta as far as Black folk are concerned that they do. It really only says that you can take an @ss whooping really, or willfully buy into being branded LIKE A SLAVE (funny how all that frat treatment parallels that of the whip crackers and slave masters). I don’t hold a Masters, don’t even hold a Bachelor’s. I will tell you THIS though, I stay AHEAD of the game in market trends and perpetually network, and never get comfortable like so many who do with their little piece of paper. I “HUSTLES” corporate america with a killer @$$ skillset and only desire for others who look like me to be able to do the same. You totally took my post to you the wrong way dude.

unemployed in Georgia

January 19th, 2012
10:30 am

I really don’t see where they are getting the number’s from. I have been unemployed for over 10 months and have not started receiving my benefits do to a package. I am unemployed right? What about people who benefits have stop they are no longer counted as unemployed. Give me a break and release the real numbers which we know are higher than being reported.

Hadenough

January 19th, 2012
10:39 am

The key number here is the new claims were 63,714 up from the week before by 8,000. Up over 10% from the previous week. Sounds like Mr. Butler is fudging the numbers and the majority of seasonal worker won’t be let go until the end of January due to inventory time after the holidays. Let see what the numbers will be then.

JW

January 19th, 2012
11:07 am

Think about it people, there are fewer jobs in Georgia than there were last year at this time, and everyone thinks this is such great news. Take the blinders off. It’s easy to manipulate stats to your liking, but you can’t deny there are fewer employed people (in absolute numbers), and I would love for someone to tell me how this shows signs of progress…

utah Dawg

January 19th, 2012
11:24 am

The level of job growth is anemic for a supposed recovery. As a business owner I am super cautious to hire because of the general economic and regulatory environment, and the possibility of higher personal income taxes if Obama gets re-elected. Also a have a huge concern related to the level of debt spending and it crowding out private investment from the capital markets. The guys like me that make between $100K and $500K drive much of the job growth and yet we are lumped in with the wall street types because we fall into the 1% or so. Romney will be a much better steward of the economy and give me much more confidence to invest and expand.

Persian 1

January 19th, 2012
11:28 am

I truly believe many of you people out there would rather see the State of Georgia & our nation continue to decline rather than give our incredibly brilliant President any credit. What is really your problem???

maestroesl

January 19th, 2012
11:29 am

No, the president cannot fire you, but he can sign bills into law that restrict companies/corporations from doing what they were doing. The cost of these regulations DO COST JOBS. I saw where a person called people ignorant about this, but this president has signed more regulations than past presidents.

thomas bell

January 19th, 2012
11:44 am

I know this is not the true figure since many people have stopped looking for work!It does show that the president’s policy are starting to work unlike republican policy’s,over the previous 10 years, that have gotten us into this mess. Now the republican spin doctor’s are telling us that the same tired old policies that the used in the past are going to work!Do they really think that the people have that short of a memory!Same old republican tricks using fear and intimidation!

Fake Numbers

January 19th, 2012
12:19 pm

Yep..the numbers are still fake. The majority of people ran out of unemployment insurance..THAT is the reason why the rate has dropped drastically. So sad. I will say that very few people actually went back to work, but my question is how many of those people were forced to take a part-time job or a job that does not offer health benefits? I’m certain a lot of people are still searching, but not are being counted because they ran completely out of unemployment insurance..

Also..that Georgia Works thing is also a joke! Sure the commercials tell you that it works, but in actuality it’s a joke. They don’t tell you that if a person qualifies for unemployment that the MAXIMUM amount of time you can use GA Works is once…or 8 weeks total. Meaning if you are umployed more than once in the State of Georgia and you used 6 weeks of that GA Works Slave work..then you are ONLY entitled to 2 weeks if you become unemployed again in this state! yeah….they don’t tell you that. I woked through this program and it was free labor for DeKalb County DA’s office. I did a great job, but the person that was the manager never had any intent on hiring me. She just wanted free labor. After I realized that, I quit and continued to search for a full-time job and found it OUTSIDE of the unemployment office. Of course the people at the unemployment office tell that same-lie that “someone worked for DeKalb County and they went in on this GA Works program and was hired full-time within 2 weeks”…That’s a lie that they tell everybody. It’s a way for companies to get free labor! The State pays you about $200 extra, but that’s it. Don’t waste your time!