Georgia’s jobless rate falls for 7th straight month

Georgia’s unemployment rate dropped for the seventh consecutive month to 9.1 percent in February, matching the lowest rate in nearly three years, the state labor department said Thursday.

February’s jobless rate fell from 9.2 percent in January and from 9.9 percent a year ago. It tied the lowest rate since March 2009.

“We created 15,600 jobs, lots of unemployed Georgians went back to work, and fewer people were laid off,” state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a statement. “After back-to-back quarters of declining unemployment and continued job creation, it looks like Georgia’s businesses are trending toward a comeback.”

Still, the state’s jobless rate remains considerably above the national rate of 8.3 percent.

The number of jobs in February increased to 3,880,400 in Georgia, with 70 percent of the growth coming in the private sector. Also, newly revised numbers show the state gained 41,800 jobs in the past 12 months.

The employment sectors showing growth over the year were: professional and business services, 28,000; retail trade, 12,700; education and health care, 8,300; and manufacturing, 4,200.

“Manufacturing has always been a staple of Georgia’s economy and it was hit hard during this recession,” Butler said. “Watching employment in the manufacturing field rise is very encouraging.”

In February, the number of first-time claims for unemployment insurance declined to the lowest number since June 2008. The number of claims dropped to 46,326, down 40.4 percent from January. Most of the decrease came in manufacturing, administrative and support services, trade, construction, accommodations and food services. Initial claims were also down over the year, declining 16.6 percent from last February.

Also, the number of long-term unemployed workers — those jobless for at least 27 weeks — fell 2,500 in February to 241,700. Still, the long-term unemployed account for a very high 55.9 percent of the total.

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Obama Supporter

March 22nd, 2012
6:12 am

I told you that if you would merely pass the stimulus package that the unemployment rate would stay below 8%…so I was off a little.

[...] in Georgia… – Unemployment has dropped in Georgia for the seventh straight month, standing now at 9.1%. – The Tax Foundation offers a breakdown, with some brief commentary, of the tax reform package, [...]

Billy

March 22nd, 2012
6:42 am

Thank the Almighty for jobs for people that need them. Give HIM the credit…

Da Mick

March 22nd, 2012
6:56 am

By all means, if you’re going to blame Obama for everything, might as well give HIM the credit for everything. It’s just as much of a fairytale.

Road Scholar

March 22nd, 2012
7:06 am

Da Mick: Or is that DUh Mick? Give credit when credit is due; likewise criticize when things aren’t right. B t be objective. They (non denominational) predicted that unemployment would go to 8% and were wrong. Could the economic climate 2-3 yrs ago been worse than originally thought/measured? Has there ever been totally accurate estimates…on anything? THEY WERE ESTIMATES! The important thing is that we are turning the corner…be happy! The opposite would not be pretty, now would it?

Bob Loblaw

March 22nd, 2012
7:15 am

Finally we have a Labor Commissioner that gets it.

JL

March 22nd, 2012
7:31 am

Road Scholar, Good point. Most don’t know that the economy contracted at 8.9 percent the last three months of 2008. The Obama administration assumed it was 3.9 percent. The only thing it proves is that the stimulus should have been bigger.
We are lucky that we are climbing out of this even though slowly.

nativeson71

March 22nd, 2012
7:49 am

After 7 months of unemployment – I started my new job this week.

Butch Cassidy

March 22nd, 2012
7:51 am

Bob Loblaw – “Finally we have a Labor Commissioner that gets it.”

Yeah, I hear he’s awesome. My friend in Atlanta who owns his own business just got a letter from the DOL informing him that due to the amount the state had to borrow from the Fed for UI benefits, his SUTA rate was arbitrarily raised from 2.46 to 2.88 in order to generate enough money to pay back the loan. Oh, and it was retroactive to January 2012. You guys in Georgia really know how to pick the winners.

davidfaucettez

March 22nd, 2012
7:53 am

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commoncents

March 22nd, 2012
8:19 am

Faucettez – Poor grammar won’t help you sell online degrees.

Road Scholar

March 22nd, 2012
8:30 am

Native: Congrats! Good luck and hunker down!

commoncents

March 22nd, 2012
8:30 am

Da Mick @ 6:56- “By all means, if you’re going to blame Obama for everything, might as well give HIM the credit for everything”

That only works if you think his policies/stimulus actually helped the situation. The question (and it’s impossible to know) is whether or not the stimulus helped or slowed the recovery. Personally, I think we’d be in the same place without it, only $1T less in debt

Kris

March 22nd, 2012
8:44 am

The stimulus was nothing but another gubment giveaway Period.

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March 22nd, 2012
8:47 am

[...] in Georgia… – Unemployment has dropped in Georgia for the seventh straight month, standing now at 9.1%. – The Tax Foundation offers a breakdown, with some brief commentary, of the tax reform package, [...]

Steve Thompson

March 22nd, 2012
9:02 am

The Federal Reserve has recently admitted that their policies cannot fix America’s stubborn unemployment issues as shown here:

http://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2011/07/job-friction-why-economists-employed-at.html



In large part, it is central bank policies that created the unemployment mess in America in the first place.

Chuck Allison

March 22nd, 2012
9:07 am

I read that the jobless rate in Atlanta rose last month as contrasted with the GA rate. It has taken us a long time to overcome the negative effects of the Obama stimulus.

Rich Jones

March 22nd, 2012
9:31 am

Those who keep blaming Obama, please explain to me why Georgia’s unemployment rate is so much higher than the national average and why it has been that way for so long. I thought Repub governors were the answer to everything. They are clearly mismanaging Georgia in relation to the rest of the country.

Da Mick

March 22nd, 2012
9:40 am

Duh, Road Scholar and commonsense, I’m afraid the joke’s on you — or rather, it appears that the joke went right over your head. My comment was referring to the post behind me from Billy at 6:42 who said:

“Thank the Almighty for jobs for people that need them. Give HIM the credit…”

My inference was that, in these parts, everything that you can possibly blame anyone for seems to always be Obama’s fault. While anything that can be seen as a positive has to somehow be credited to a higher power. Both notions are the forced fantasies of infantile minds who operate out of fear.

Very glad to hear that both the job and the economoic picture are brightening. I don’t know who could have possibly done a better job of working under the conditions and restraints that he faced than Barack Obama has done. The lack of support that he has received from far too many people in this country, in cleaning up the mess left by the previous adminstration is shameful. Go ahead and continue to just root for your side. The cost is the loss of this nation’s soul. It’s not all just one big football game folks.

Pamela

March 22nd, 2012
9:45 am

No…the jobless rate did not fall, people ran out of their benefits. I know someone that has a Masters’ degree and has been job searching for almost 3 years now and has yet to land a job. So I don’t believe this!

Guest

March 22nd, 2012
9:51 am

@Pamela

What’s the master’s in? Where’s it from? Not all degrees are created equal.

Dem going republican now

March 22nd, 2012
9:54 am

I don’t think I would be bragging about 9 + percent unemployment. Kind of like bragging about $4.00 gasoline.

Pamela

March 22nd, 2012
9:54 am

Well said Da Mick! I agree 1,000%! President Obama was left with a huge mess…after Bush totally destroyed not only our economy, but the worlds’ economy…he had us in Iraq when we should have been in Afghanistan to get Osama Bin Laden! When President Obama was a Senator, he told them that is where Osama Bin Laden was and that we were wasting our time in Iraq…and where did they find Osama? Yep..in Afghanistan!

Of course those ’so called’ right winged people are completely out of touch with reality!

OBAMA 2012! He is the best person out there! :)

Edd

March 22nd, 2012
9:57 am

I miss my $1.19 gas. Come on back Bush. Obama wants $10.00 gas, what planet is he from ?

Janet S

March 22nd, 2012
9:59 am

N word N word !! Obamaala is dumb. LMAO

Tree

March 22nd, 2012
10:02 am

One example of the stimulus package was The Rural Broadband Initiative.
The projects began 3 months ago and have put thousands back to work nation wide in expanding broad band access to areas of the country that would have otherwise had nothing more than dial up.
Fiber Optic Cable Factories in the US have delivery times in many instances out to 27 weeks. 2-3 weeks was normal delivery before the stimulus package went into effect. Not only does this impact manufacturing employment, it also effects heavy equipment, labor to install the cables, and electronics on the end. PC and network purchases will increase to support the broad band requirements. So, is it having an effect? Sure is.

Take a look at the road construction that has increased due to stimulus funds.

Todd - Lawrenceville

March 22nd, 2012
10:03 am

Please leave the politics out; I get it!!! Nothing President Obama’ administration does will ever get credit. Any President, Republican, Democrat or therwise would have instituted a stimulus. It was necessary, PERIOD. Failure to create a stimulus would have been negligent. Yes, I am a President Obama supporter; whats the alternative? Santorum, Romney, Newt or just in the ‘Bushes’? Really? Heck, I’d take Ron Paul anyday over those clowns.

*As far as being more in debt, whats a trillion anyways, none of us working class never feel the effects of the deficit. We are still damn near broke.
*As far as the stimulus being ‘just another guberment handout’, EVERYONE in this country receives some sort of handout from ‘OUR’ government, EVERYONE, even the politicians and the 1%; what do you think tax breaks are?

Todd - Lawrenceville

March 22nd, 2012
10:07 am

‘Janet S’, you are just plan old stupid. Thats it, just STUPID; too stupid to be a racist.

Janet S

March 22nd, 2012
10:09 am

Is he or is he not Black? Obama alla. His B e atch is a fat n word. Girls are kind of cute, like to do them.

Pamela

March 22nd, 2012
10:17 am

To Guest:I think he has a master’s degree in engineering..I know he used to work for KRAFT and was laid off 3 years ago.

Pamela

March 22nd, 2012
10:18 am

Janet S you are a sick ass pervert! You need to have your ass kicked!

We Can't Go Back into the Ditch

March 22nd, 2012
10:18 am

1. Bush policies created this mess. (8 Years of Tax Cuts To Wealthy and Banking Deregulation set conditions that led to a housing Bubble -which ultimately drove the entire economy to virtual collapse.) Remember: Back in 2008, the economy loss over 250,000 jobs EVERY month. Remember: The Banks bailouts began under President George W. Bush.

2. Obama policies has us on the road to recovery. A tremendous stimulus was needed to create job growth. Finally, jobs are returning. Full recovery will require several years.

3. Why would we go back into that huge economic ditch.

Oblama

March 22nd, 2012
10:21 am

Cutting through all the B.S. the unemployment rate is the same or worse than it was 3 years ago when Oblama came in to power. I hardly would call this a DROP in the unemployment rate – despite the trillions of dollars in increased debt accumulated. The current governor of Georgia did not create this mess. He inherited it. Neither Bush nor Oblama created this mess. They merely made it a lot worse. A $15,000,000,000,000 debt is not created over night. It can be argued that 50, or so, years ago LBJ, a naive, unelected president, came in to power when JFK was assassinated and LBJ was the beginning of this disaster know as the fed debt. His fantasies about saving the world with no clue of how to go about it and no plan to pay for it started with his socialist agenda that created the BIG Fed give away programs we have today. That, along with, his escalation of the Vietnam War, costing tens of thousands of wasted lives and billions of dollars was the beginning of this disaster.

moneyV

March 22nd, 2012
11:00 am

Yes!! The recession must be over!!! YeS!! Those billions in giveaways to GM, investment banks and GE must be trickling down somehow!!! YES!!!!

Oblama

March 22nd, 2012
11:09 am

Where is Ross Perot when we need him? He actually had a plan but you did not want to hear the truth. You could not handle the truth!

Oblama

March 22nd, 2012
11:42 am

Why do I sense that people coming on here trying to play the race card and the “N” word aren’t who they appear to be. Stay on the subject. This is about the economy. Wake Up America!

the howardchronicles

March 22nd, 2012
12:05 pm

9.1% unemployed is pretty high. No president has ever been reelected with unemployment that high. There is no economizing in the White House no matter how difficult it is to lower the record shattering deficit. The “first daughter” is in Mexico with friends and 25 secret service security, which says a little about how unsafe Mexico is. Gasoline is at record highs and the White House has found no solution, alternative fuel,[nothing].
That is why Mitt Romney would make such a grand choice for President. He would bring the unemployment down, develop alternative fuel sources and create an [austerity] environment rather than the incredibly high spending, luxury consuming, nothing to good for the administrATION atitude that Barack has.

monroe j

March 22nd, 2012
12:13 pm

the economy is still terrible for african-americans. the government needs to do a lot more for minorities and increase the unemployment benefits and food — I’m getting tired of all this racism in hiring against african-americans around here and may move back to new jersey next year if the economy gets better.

kel

March 22nd, 2012
1:04 pm

If Oblama little girls get a baby bump they can get abortion and get on pill and get a job to helps america

tiny mo

March 22nd, 2012
1:06 pm

unemployment is way too high. 3-4 percent is what the Repubs had.

Default Settings 2.0

March 22nd, 2012
7:13 pm

I work in the freight business. We are always hiring. Now, if fuel prices would settle down…

Denise

March 25th, 2012
2:23 pm

Three years ago I was working as the Director of Workforce Development at several local vocational schools. My position was eliminated and they hired a very well qualified person into that position, who happened to be 20 years younger than me. I have not worked full-time permanently since. I have exhausted my unemployment. However, I am eligible for food stamps, which may require drug testing (what?????) If I can’t afford food, rent and other amenities, how in the world can I afford to buy drugs????? Ahhh, that felt good being able to vent. I get so sick and tired of people advising me to hang in there. Duh, do I have a choice. I lost my home and now living with my daughter. That is another post altogether. Anyway, have a great day!