Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate rises to 9.4 percent in December

Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate rose to 9.4 percent in December from 9.2 percent in November, the state labor department said Thursday.

A year ago, the jobless rate was 10.1 percent.

Unemployment increased from November because there were layoffs in construction, manufacturing, retail trade, administrative and support services, and accommodations and food services, the labor department said.

For the core metro counties, Clayton posted the highest rate at 11.8 percent. Fulton was next with 9.8 percent, followed by DeKalb (9.7 percent), Cobb (8.5 percent) and Gwinnett (8.4 percent).

In the city of Atlanta, the jobless rate rose to 10.6 percent in December from 10.3 percent in November. A year ago, it was 11.3 percent.

Last week, the labor department reported that Georgia’s jobless rate declined in December for the third straight month, dropping to 9.7 percent from 9.8 percent in November. The jobless rate was 10.4 percent in December 2010.

Both the metro area and state rates are considerably higher than the nation’s, which is currently 8.5 percent.

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John Abraham's Groin

January 26th, 2012
5:10 am

I hope my groins better before the 2012 season starts.

Biff Pocoroba

January 26th, 2012
5:40 am

The Statue of Liberty folks are back out on the sidewalks again this month so unemployment should go down until April 15


January 26th, 2012
6:43 am

Unemployment is high while crops rot in the fields for want of $10-20 per hour workers to harvest them. It seems like it is time to end our program of extending unemployment benefits for 99 weeks!


January 26th, 2012
6:57 am

Oh yes, Mr. Presi – ‘dent…the economy is looking up, jobs are being created, crime is down, and you want to work with Congress to continue this surging recovery. You’re such an idiot to think this country is going to fall for your idiocy another 4 years! You might want to return to Hawaii and see about getting that birth certificate authenicated. In the mean time, we’re working hard and burning the mid-night oil to make sure the Red-Ball Movers are at the White House on January 19, 2013!! Of course, you could go ahead and leave NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sick of You and George Soros!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


January 26th, 2012
7:21 am

MR. DB – My husband got a job in September and was let go the second week of January? This has happened to us four times in three years, once in FL, once in SC, once in FL and now in GA., so until some major changes and all the fighting stops in Congress (which we know it is not) our economy and AMERICA is not BACK!!

Who Cares?

January 26th, 2012
7:26 am

Wow, who’s watching what gets prosted on the Al Jazeera Constipation’s site today? This is so “Anti- Obama”. Oh well, someone is posting something accurate!


January 26th, 2012
7:33 am

I work in the trucking business. We are hiring,

Gone with the wind

January 26th, 2012
7:39 am

Stop blaming just the President and realize the idiots running this state, whom all you idiots voted for, are also the reason our unemployment rate is terrible! While other states and metro areas are improving, GA is getting worse! Thanks for voting in another round of losers! I guess the past 8 years with Sonny Perdue wasn’t enough for you???


January 26th, 2012
7:39 am

As stated ^^^ the trucking industry has been hiring non-stop through this recession.

McDonald’s, Home Depot, Walmart and Lowe’s have been hiring non-stop as well for everything from cashiers, managers to IT help but God forbid someone on unemployment or food stamps work a night, weekend or holiday.

Hell, McKesson in Alpharetta generally has 2-3 pages of open positions for both non-college and college educated positions. Entry level to advanced.

There’s a lot of lazy (but not all) people who can get by on unemployment and food stamps and they aren’t going back to work until these entitlements run out.

[...] Here in Georgia… – Get ready for more bad weather today. – Chief Justice Carol Hunstein is joining the calls for criminal justice reform. – According to the Tax Foundation, Georgia is ranked 34th in the nation in business tax policy. – Rep. Ed Setler (R-Marietta) says the TSPLOST has “fatal flaws.” – The South Carolina legislature is pushing to kill dredging of the Savannah harbor. – Sen. Jeff Mullis has put together legislation for regional transportation governance, but doesn’t have enough support to introduce it. – Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate rose slightly in December. [...]

Butch Cassidy

January 26th, 2012
8:24 am

Rad – “Oh yes, Mr. Presi – ‘dent…the economy is looking up, jobs are being created,”

Well, according to the article it looks like things are picking up everywhere BUT Georgia. By the way Rad, you do realize that Obama isn’t the President of Georgia, right?

Both the metro area and state rates are considerably higher than the nation’s, which is currently 8.5 percent.


January 26th, 2012
8:24 am

McKesson is laying off people every few months, they are not hiring. I have a friend who works there who has seen the door swing one way in the place, OUT. Just because you see pages of jobs being posted does not mean they are actually hiring for all those jobs. No company wants to give the impression that they are not growing to stock holders and to potential clients.

McDonald’s will not hire EVERYONE. Look at who works at McDonald’s and that’s who they are hiring, not the middle aged person with work experience and maybe more than one degree who was laid off a year ago. What manager at a fast food restaurant wants to hire someone smarter than themselves with more experience managing?

People run out of unemployment and still can’t find a job, that’s not laziness.

Free Enterprise

January 26th, 2012
8:30 am

@Rad…..The sad part is that there will always be people like you to look for someone to blame!

When will you people learn that NO politician (dems or repubs) have your best interest in mine. They’re all obsessed with having the title/crown as President/Senator/Congressmen. Its obvious from all the smear campaigns they run about each other while the American people steady spiral down.

However, the strong will survive regardless of the economic situation while the weak look for someone to blame and point the finger. So if you’re not moving you’re loosing so LETS GO!!!!

native atlantan

January 26th, 2012
8:34 am

Im not sure there is any evidence by the numbers that the unemployment and recession are getting better, what I cant see is anything getting bettr for the numbr of different businesses I call on and see in Atlanta on a monthly basis. They have not changed anything they have been doing yet, if anything they have gotten tighter about their spending. It’s all about the price of goods, and by always trying to be the low price supplier, it certainly effect the profits derived from each sale. Profits are what a business uses to expand and hire more folks.


January 26th, 2012
8:37 am

Why is anyone surprised by this? is the same “game” every year between Oct-Jan..Oct-”Oh look UNEMPLOYMENT is going down! (Translation temp hiring for the holiday season) Nov-”Ditto” Dec-”Ditto” Jan-”Oh look UNEMPLOYMENT is going UP!”…so sick of it..and lets not forget the “repeat” for gas prices..Winter-Prices go down so you can have more “disposable income” to “waste” on the holidays..Summer-Prices go UP!!!…

The top 1% have got us by the ….

President Barack Obama

January 26th, 2012
8:41 am

More evidence of the wonderful job that I am doing. I would also like to thank Senator Harry Reid for his support.

Democratic Plantation Dweller

January 26th, 2012
8:42 am

The President is doing a wonderful job. Thank you Mr. Obama.

Blah! Blah!! Blah!!!

January 26th, 2012
8:53 am

Reality is absolutely correct, there shouldn’t be any surprise here… Of course the unemployment rate goes down during the seasonal (job) months and then goes up come January when those companies lay off workers after the peak season has ended…..

Butch Cassidy

January 26th, 2012
8:56 am

In case anyone is interested, You can get a job at McDonalds in Williston, North Dakota. Due to the demand created in the Bakken Fileds, counter help at McD’s is currently starting at $18.00 to $25.00 an hour. I guess Obama just loves North Dakota more than Georgia.


January 26th, 2012
8:57 am

McKesson lays off contractors frequently. Get your facts straight.


January 26th, 2012
9:24 am

Most comments reflect the poor educational level in this state . One of the reasons Georgia will be one of the last (if ever )to recover from this 4 year depression now projected to last well into the 2020’s with declining newjob opportunities , deflation in home values and a weakened industrial base.

The complete collapse of education in this state will not even qualify most under 20 years old to even work at a McDonalds.The comment about McDonalds in North Dakota is true but at same time due to lack of living units (thousands are living in Walmart and gas station parking lots) is the average rental home or apartment is in the $2000.00- $3000.00 a month plus range.


January 26th, 2012
9:24 am

Look at all those McDonald’s jobs in GA. From burger flippers to management.


January 26th, 2012
10:37 am

Opportunities are here….A house that was worth 120k at the beginning of 2009 can be purchased for 40 k tdy in a great area and rented out for $1,100 a mo. yes, the democrats have created opportunity.


January 26th, 2012
10:49 am

Totally agree with the comments that point out Wal Mart, Target, Kroger, etc. will not hire middle aged professionals that have been laid off for all their cashier and other entry level jobs. How am I so sure? My wife was laid off from her banking job, was out of work for 2 years before landing an entry level office job, and she repeatedly applied at Wal Mart, at Target, at Kroger, at almost any job she had a chance to even get an interview. They never once responded to her application, not once. We shop at many of the same stores she applied at, and it was truly insulting to see the under motivated, under educated, unenthusiastic employees that they hired during the same period they wouldn’t even give my wife a chance. She went so far as to contact some of the places that didn’t respond to her application and in every case there were 250-300 or more applicants for a single job opening. So no, the economy hasn’t recovered, the drop in unemployment has much more to do with people dropping out of the job market, who have just given up finding a job, than it does with people actually finding work.


January 26th, 2012
10:55 am

Georgia seems to have problems on top of the recession. We are a red state. You fill in the blanks.

Nate Gilbert

January 26th, 2012
11:40 am

About 9 years ago they were building subdivisions and shopping centers everywhere in metro Atlanta and the unemployment rate was just over 3%. We were intoxicated with the good times and were taking out home equity loans to remodel our year old houses. Now a third of the people who bought homes can’t afford to make their mortgage payments and the banks have to foreclose. Even more unemployment. Metro Atlanta lived high on the benefits of the construction industry, among others, both directly and indirectly. Now we are paying for the party we enjoyed longer than most cities in the US. I feel terrible for people who want to work but can’t find a decent job. Don’t give up hope and keep looking. You may have to move to another city that is faring better in this terrible recession.


January 26th, 2012
11:47 am

I’m so tired of people bitching about unemployment figures. Every honest person with the common sense and a decent work ethic has a job. The people who dont are the ones who were too stupid to complete highschool or didnt try to at lEast get some sort of post high school education. Kids in school have been told for the last 40 years that u wont get anywhere without higher education and now those same people are left standing in unemployment lines hoping the government will bail them out. If they were too lazy, stupid and short sighted to take advantage of the educational opportunities available to them then they have only themselves to blame.


January 26th, 2012
12:05 pm

unemployment up to 9.4??? I thought the DC economists said the recession was over last year–what gives???


January 26th, 2012
12:18 pm

We all know that at least 10 percent of of our workforce are morons. We’ve all worked with someone that was just incapable of performing the duties of their job correctly, whether that be at mcdonalds, AIG or a doctors office. So then why does it surprise anyone when 10 percent of our economy is unemployed? When times get tough companies lay off the employees that just arent carrying thier weight and those that perform above and beyond the call of duty retain their jobs or get promoted. With the number of idiots in this country it is surprising that the unemployment rate isnt even higher.
Wait, here’s an idea, why dont we send all not citizens or non residents back to their home country. That would allow native born citzens to take all those jobs and lower our unemployment rate! Better yet, we would have to hire people to oversee the deportations which would create more jobs. And dont bring up the b.s. about immigrants only taking the jobs americans dontwant to do; americans will take any job that has fair wages and working conditions.


January 26th, 2012
5:59 pm

Why work when the government will pay you to sit on your butt for up to 99 weeks? If you’re at the lower end of the wage scale you’re probably better off staying on unemployment as long as you can.

no jobs

January 26th, 2012
9:10 pm

I’ve been looking for a job for 9 months—this chump change unemployment money is going to run out in a few months—hopefully the government extends it for another year. The only jobs are low money jobs in malls, retail etc working with a bunch of morons and rif raf. I’ll wait it out—hopefully something opens up soon.

Bob Walters

January 27th, 2012
12:39 am

Why would anyone work when the government is offering a free ride? We need to end unemployment NOW! Just stop the checks. Look no farther than “no jobs” post to see why.

He states: “The only jobs are low money jobs in malls, retail etc working with a bunch of morons and rif raf. I’ll wait it out—hopefully something opens up soon.” How about EARNING a living and looking for a better job at the same time? Is this too much to ask?

Obama and his legions of socialists have virtually destroyed the work ethic in this country. It’s time to bring it back. End ALL entitlements, including Social Security, Disability, Medicaid, Medicare, unemployment compensation. Just stop the checks and watch how many people that were too old, too sick, and just too damned tired to work, suddenly find the initiative to pick themselves up and get out there are start contributing to this society. Before the US began it’s great descent after FDR’s socialist agenda was enacted in the 30’s, people worked from cradle to grave. We need to restore America’s pride in work to make this country great again!

Tea Party 2012!