Metro Atlanta’s jobless rate rises to 9.2 percent in January

Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate rose to 9.2 percent in January, from a revised 8.9 percent in December, the labor department said Thursday.

A year ago, the jobless rate was 10.3 percent.

The rate increased because there were layoffs in construction, manufacturing, retail trade, transportation, warehousing, and administrative and support services, the labor department said.

Among the core metro counties, Clayton had the highest jobless rate at 11.6 percent. Fulton was next with 9.9 percent, followed by DeKalb (9.6 percent), Cobb (8.4 percent) and Gwinnett (8 percent).

Looking into the future, a study released earlier this week predicted a brighter second quarter for the metro area. Twenty percent of the metro firms surveyed by the Manpower employment company said they expect to hire more workers in the second quarter. Only 5 percent said they expect to reduce staff.

Last week, the labor department said Georgia’s unemployment rate declined to 9.2 percent in January, the lowest rate since March 2009 when it was 9.1 percent.

At 9.2 percent, the jobless rate in the metro area and state are well above the national rate of 8.3 percent.

Statewide, the rate went down because about 13,000 more Georgians were employed in January than in December. Also, Georgia gained 83,700 jobs in the last 12 months — the largest January to January growth since 2006.

Among the sectors showing growth over the year, professional and businesses services gained 37,000 jobs, retail trade gained 15,100, health care and social assistance grew by 11,100, and manufacturing gained 7,300, the labor department said.

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Deadbeats and Free Loaders for Obama

March 15th, 2012
6:10 am

Say it ain’t so…


March 15th, 2012
7:18 am

The jobless rate still feels like 50%. And the jobs out there pay too low to be called ‘jobs’. Any ‘job’ that pays less than poverty level, should not be called a ‘job’ at all.

The Big Picture

March 15th, 2012
7:19 am

It aint so.

There it’s been said.


March 15th, 2012
7:24 am

Even though I inherited this mess and it’s all bush’s fault, i will fix it……


Robert Barron

March 15th, 2012
7:30 am

Obama + W = mess.
This is a two party mess although the two always spin it to blame the other side.
Keynes believed in balancing the budget over the course of the business cycle.
This would mean surpluses as large as the deficits to get the economy going.
No one in either party was reminding the public of that in 2005-2007.
Balancing the budget during boom years is really failing.
And if we cannot achieve a surplus during a bubble, when can we?
Reagan started the trillion dollar deficit per term presidency that was continued by Bush 41 and Clinton. W made it worse running up 5 trillion in debt before handing the sinking ship to Obama.
Obama may not be the right man for the job but he was handed a crushed housing industry.
The high Tech bubble hurt stock owners and allocation of resources into the wrong industries.
The housing bubble has had even worse implications for various governments in addition to the industry itself.
How much of the blame is due Greenspan who was Fed chairman for way too long?
W should have pushed him out.


March 15th, 2012
7:51 am

Look at the condition of our roads, schools and just about anything the government touches. Less government is better for all.

Road Scholar

March 15th, 2012
8:12 am

Yeah, Duhhh, less government, more potholes. If your reference to government means elected officials, you are right!

melo kj

March 15th, 2012
8:25 am

I thought the recession was supposed to be over. Instead, the economy is worse than ever. What happened?


March 15th, 2012
8:35 am

What business wants to come to Georgia, loserville?
What do you expect from a bunch of conservative voters idots who voted for Newt, year after year they vote for people who could care less about them, just to say they are a conservatives.

The state does not have big unions, because bill bob loves low wages and as long as he can stay in his trailer and watch UGA he is happy, the state has been at the bottom of job creation for the last 12 years, oh I forgot, Obama was the gov of Georgia the last 12 years, thats why Georgia is last in education, nobody wants to come and invest with these hypocrites conservatives.


March 15th, 2012
9:01 am

Please why are there over 15 states with job rate of 8% or less? could it be those states has elected offcials who actually care about the people? Could it be they do not have a bunch of hypocrite misinformed conservatives who vote against their interest year after year?
I guess President Obama is not the President in those states, what a bunch of morons live in ga””


March 15th, 2012
9:17 am

In other news: “Georgia Lottery Players Biggest Suckers Spending Most for Least”


March 15th, 2012
9:23 am

If the legislature would spend less time on abortion restrictions and taking guns on campus then maybe these numbers would be better.


March 15th, 2012
9:40 am

Why is it everytime there is a story about Georgia’s jobless rate on here idiots post comments about President Obama or President Bush? When will you people learn that NO elected official (democrat or republican) have your best interest in mind!!!

Wake up and go get it YOURSELF!!!

Ej Moosa

March 15th, 2012
10:12 am

Why are there states with lower employment than others? Because every state has a different mix of residents and jobs. At any given time half are above the average and half below. But that does not in and of itself prove that it’s the result of either party leading them.

It’s the long term performance of and overall direction of employment that matters.

And unfortunately, things are getting ready to take a sharp turn to the downside. Too many have taken mediocre numbers and applauded them as great results. They are not.

The US economy has added a mere 1.51% in new jobs over the last twelve months. That ratio was 1.50 three months ago. If that sounds lile rapid improvement, recheck your definitions.

If you were really serious about job growth, then you would acknowledge what really leads to job growth. That is profit growth.

And it does not happen instantly. It takes four to five quarters after the profit gorwth to see the hiring.

But democrats hate profits, republicans refuse to defend them, and businesses across America work harder every year just trying to earn the same profit.

You cannot fix a problem if you do not grasp where it originates. Every piece of legislation that costs companies on the bottom line cost jobs in the long run.

EJ Moosa

March 15th, 2012
10:15 am

“If the legislature would spend less time on abortion restrictions and taking guns on campus then maybe these numbers would be better.”

Government does not create jobs. But the legislation they create can cost jobs.

Frank Furter

March 15th, 2012
10:24 am

I have been lucky…still have same construction job after 20 years.

Fortunate to be employed

March 15th, 2012
10:41 am

Jobs in my field are hiring at $10-15K less than my current earnings. I am GREATFUL to be employed, but as I see improvements in the company I think my current position will be eliminated with in a year – 18 months.

So, seriously, do I start looking and go for a job making less than I make now just to secure employment?


March 15th, 2012
10:55 am


Corporate profits have been growing for the past 2 years. Corporations are more than happy to keep their profits and try to make more by laying off employees and making those that stay work longer and harder. And isn’t if strange that Catepillar is building its’ new plant in Athens-Clarke County, one of the most LIBERAL areas in the state?? I thought liberals hated business!!

And didn’t I read that tax collections are up over the past year here in GA? So isn’t it time to start using some of those increases to do things like get rid of teacher and law enforcement furlough days? Or is our GOP governor and legislature about to throw more money at a fancy fishin’ hole for Sonny’s county??

EJ Moosa

March 15th, 2012
11:02 am


You are correct. But the rate of year over year profit growth has fallen from 50% to less than 10%. And there is a high correlation between the profits of the last four quarters and the hiring the following four quarters.(.91).

The Caterpillar plant is costing more than $65k per job, not including future tax breaks. So it’s NOT a surprise that liberals are willing to spend so much to add a job.

When the corporate profit numbers for the fourth quarter come out at the end of the month, you will see that profit improvement has fallen so far, that companies once again are putting future expansion and hiring on hold.

Read it again. It’s the rate of profit growth, not that there is profit growth. There is a huge difference.


March 15th, 2012
11:45 am

EJ, what do liberals have to do with the Caterpillar plant? That’s all the republican version of a ‘free market’. Dems had nothing to do with that boondoggle.


March 15th, 2012
11:47 am

EVERY ONE that did not vote for Ross Perot must share the blame for this economic disaster….. he was a window of opportunity to change the direction of this country. Dems and Repubs said he was crazy but it turns out he was right. His charts showed the direction this country was going in financially and, unlike the Dems and Repubs, he had a real plan to turn this mess around. This situation did not begin with Bush or Oblama – though they are part of the problem. The government doesn’t need to be involved with the things that should be in the private domain – like operating golf courses. Freeze government spending now. Actually get a real plan. Like Samuel L Jackson (Hollywood actor) admitted – he voted for Oblama because he was BLACK. ” He did not give a damn about Oblama’s plan. He ain’t got no real plan. His plan don’t mean B.S. to me”. – interview with the actor in EBONY magazine. That’s a vote for disaster and a really stupid reason to vote for someone. So, yes the Dems, Repubs, the Samuel L. Jackson’s of this world are all responsible for this disaster that is about to happen. The REAL unemployment rate is not 9 + % = it is 19 %. Millions of U.S. citizens have given up on even looking for a job and the government dishonestly doesn’t even count them as unemployed. The clock is ticking. So, while you idiots are debating about birth control, etc. the real problems are being ignored.


March 15th, 2012
12:02 pm

No worries, we’re 1%ers. New Bimmers, paid off MBenzes, no college debt, no credit card debt and a HUGE house that’s underwater. Oh well. where should we have dinner tonight?


March 15th, 2012
12:06 pm

What Georgia really needs is a YAYO plant!…Now, that’ll boost the economy for sure!!!…LOL

EJ Moosa

March 15th, 2012
12:26 pm


That’s not the republican idea of capitalism. What do liberals have to do with it? This is what BobinBuford stated: it is a politician’s view of capitalism.

“And isn’t if strange that Catepillar is building its’ new plant in Athens-Clarke County, one of the most LIBERAL areas in the state?? I thought liberals hated business!!”

Govt Cheez

March 15th, 2012
2:36 pm

Best job be to jus chill and have dem babies.
Mo babies, mo cheez on da furst of da monf fo me and my homies to go to da sto
Get me some 8ball and philly bluntz cuz, u feel me?
I ain no foo


March 15th, 2012
3:21 pm

Hey Governor Deal, Senator Chambliss, Senator Isakson and all you State Republicans …. where are all your “job creating” friends? Where are the jobs?

say what?

March 15th, 2012
3:51 pm

Did I not read that those wonderful tax cuts our great state of GA was giving for every business is now being replicated in other states’ compensation package for a fist full of jobs? So we can stop the tax incentives as other states have invested in education, work force skills in manufacturing during the recession and their people really are work ready. Unlike that color-tiered work certificate program that we have implemented here in GA.
Metro Atlanta will always have a higher than the rest unemployment rate because of the browning of the population and moving of resources for roads and bridges,. There are places along I-16 and I-75 that continue to have road construction, but we cannot quality roads in the metro area. If the hatred of Atlanta does not stop soon, one day we will wake up and the Gold dome will have been moved back to Marthasville.


March 15th, 2012
6:29 pm

this bad economy is the fault of george bush—he left the economy in shambles for Obama with all the fraud and giveaways to his friends in big oil and big banking. It will take obama years to clean all this up. Obama will beat romney easy and have a lot more time to get the economy working to help middle and lower income people with more government benefits.

where my money?

March 15th, 2012
6:30 pm

where all my money I supposed to get from the government? I’m tired of living on this chump change unemployment and ebt cards–that don’t give me enough money to buy all the stuff i want. The government need to give me a lot more money and benefits.

Default Settings 2.0

March 15th, 2012
6:42 pm

Get ready for the 2012 graduates. Good luck!


March 15th, 2012
10:20 pm

Ross Perot, ah yes, I remember that Dude, he’s the one who could have been President if he hadn’t up and Quit. I believe his excuse was personal safety for his family, which I can’t blame him for because it is a job that draws much attention to your family some good and some bad. So it wasn’t the people who gave up Mr. Perot, it was Mr. Perot that gave up on the people. And Yes what he said came true exactly, that sucking sound you hear about jobs leaving this country, yep, their gone.

Bob Walters

March 16th, 2012
12:28 am

Don’t kid yourself. If any one among that 9.2% had even a hint of a work ethic, they would have a job. Fact is they would rather use Uncle Sam as their personal piggy bank and work on building that seat cushion on their backside by gorging at all-you-can eat chow houses. Only thing that will get these people moving is taking away that easy money. See how long they can survive on cake; work or starve.

Stop welfare, food stamps, and unemployment ASAP. Restore America’s work ethic. Save American from this human leech infestation.

Tea Party 2012!


March 16th, 2012
11:16 am

We love women.

Quit trying to change the subject of debt, out of control spending, government union pay and beneifts, energy strangulation, free markets and individual responsibility.

That said, Nancy P is a B, a C, a S and an I(diot).

more money

March 16th, 2012
9:30 pm

my unemployment’s running out in 3 months–hopefully the government extends it another year–there are no good jobs anywhere except dead end retail jobs working with morons.