Georgia’s jobless rate rises to 9 percent in June

Georgia’s unemployment rate rose to 9 percent in June from 8.9 percent in May, representing the first increase in almost a year, the state labor department said Thursday.

The jobless rate was 9.9 percent a year ago.

“The unemployment rate traditionally inches up in June because new graduates and people hunting summer jobs enter the job market at the same time the private and public schools are laying off for the summer,” state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a statement.

The number of jobs dropped by 8,200 in June to total 3,933,300.

“The June job loss is a lot less than we anticipated, based on recent trends,” Butler said. “Despite the overall loss, we gained 1,500 manufacturing jobs and 900 in construction.”

The number of jobs in June was 45,200 more than in June 2011. The annual growth was in professional and business services, 23,900; trade, transportation, and warehousing, 15,200; education and health care, 7,300; manufacturing, 4,300; and leisure and hospitality, 2,400.

There were 48,879 first-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits in June, up 4.5 percent from May. But initial claims declined over the year, dropping by 17.1 percent from June 2011.

The number of long-term unemployed workers — those out of work for at least 27 weeks — decreased to 230,100 in June — down 6,800 from May. The long-term unemployed still comprise a very high 53.4 percent of Georgia’s jobless population.

Georgia’s unemployment rate remains considerably higher than the national rate, currently 8.2 percent.

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Tyrone from East Point

July 19th, 2012
5:44 am

More change we can believe in…

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July 19th, 2012
6:35 am

It the eurozone’s fault. From yesterday’s Atlanta Forward blog:

“Finally, think of Georgia’s 8.9 percent unemployment rate that has changed very little over the last six months, since the eurozone debt crisis deepened.” – Thomas Boston, a Georgia Tech economics professor, is publisher of, a blog for small and minority businesses.


July 19th, 2012
6:39 am

Whatever happened to “recovery summer?” This country won’t recover until the commie in the white house goes back to the gangs of chicago.


July 19th, 2012
6:47 am

Hey, we have a Republican governement in Georgia, we have a Republican Governor in Georgia… and” the unemployment rate remains considerably higher than the national rate, currently 8.2 percent”.


July 19th, 2012
7:04 am

hey i joined the ranks of the unemployed this month. very depressing. funding for my position was cut, so i was out. looking for work is a full time job on the computer. i really feel for folks that don’t have a pc, cause everything is apply online and then wait for an email or call back.

i’ve stopped watching the news cause it just adds to my frustration. very difficult to stay positive and upbeat.


July 19th, 2012
7:15 am

Just tax every rich person and corperation untill this bad economy go away


July 19th, 2012
7:28 am

This economy has been years in the making, and not one person to include the President, either past or present is responsible for it.

We can thank the 1%, career politicians and lobbyists, for shipping our jobs to other countries! And greed is the culprit!

John Ellison

July 19th, 2012
7:38 am

Eliminate the state income tax so that we can compete with Texas, Florida, Tennessee, etc.


July 19th, 2012
7:52 am

I thought Deal and his Republican General Assembly were supposed to fix this?


July 19th, 2012
8:03 am

CHG……. message to you. This country started going downhill way before the current President got in office and FYI I am not a Democrat. Bush destoryed our country and left. He was the worst president of all time.

JD Puwers

July 19th, 2012
8:06 am

HD its uncertainty and the effects of Obamacare. I talked with a business owner and they are afraid that this law passing will shut the down because Obamacare was made by politicians and not physicians. This person owner a medical clinic, and already had razor thin balance sheet now with this ruling, expect lower payments for medicare services. Nobody is hiring because of the expected tax increase so keep blaming the Republicans, you are fool. When Clinton was in office, I keep hearing the economy was booming but there was a Republican congress, House and Senate and the dot com boom created the massive economic growth.


July 19th, 2012
8:14 am

Summer of Recovery…



July 19th, 2012
8:27 am

“Just tax every rich person and corperation…”

What’s a “corperation”?

UGA Parent

July 19th, 2012
8:27 am

OMG-Now I have heard everything.Comm.Mark Bulter stated that recent graduates entering the job market made the increase in the unemployment rate go up. What the he##!! You have to have a job and lose it to be or claim unemployment.The numbers do not reflect new graduates.If it did the unemployment rate would be around 16% in the nation and 17% in Georgia.Think of all the thousands of students in college around Georgia that graduate each May and December.They drop in to the job market and do not count in the unemployment rate.This makes me question Mr. Butler’s qualifications to run his Department or he neeeds to review his press release before it is given to the press.


July 19th, 2012
8:50 am

Why did this story get buried in an election year all about the economy? Worst yet, why are Black people in GA so enamored with this president? Check out these stats from our own department of labor.

The unemployment rates for Blacks in these states were 17.1 percent (Florida), 15.8 percent (Georgia), 19.6 percent (California), 13.8 percent (New York), and 13.4 percent (Texas)

Road Scholar

July 19th, 2012
8:54 am

Mr Boehmer, where are the jobs. Mr Deal, where are the jobs. With all these tax cuts, you said they would spur hiring. This is a repub state. And you don’t want Fed dollars .


July 19th, 2012
9:00 am

UGA Parent…….recent graduates do figure into the unemployment rate……….as part of the workforce that is available vs the number of jobs available. The people on unemployment are just part of the equation not the whole equation.


July 19th, 2012
9:03 am

some how this is Bush’s fault, right ?


July 19th, 2012
9:05 am

I love how the idiots come on here and blame the POTUS for an increase in STATE numbers. By that reckoning, I guess they must be throwing Obama love parades in North Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, etc.. since he’s been keeping their unemployment numbers so low.


July 19th, 2012
9:07 am

Road scholar- First of all change your name. Which part of your tax bill hits you higher? State or Federal? If you are business owner in GA, are you more worried about your 6% state tax rate ?
No. Instead, you are definitely concerned about the uncertainty regarding your higher Federal rate at 35-40% and the increase costs associated with Obama care tax at thousands of dollars per worker. This is why the unemployment rate continues to be close to double digits.


July 19th, 2012
9:12 am


You can not tell a dimwit anything, they are right and you are wrong. Its obvious why we are having political gridlock in washington, the Party of NO (the dimwits) will have no part of a plan that can actually work.

cue the dimwit talking points now, and what plan does the teabagger have ??


July 19th, 2012
9:18 am

Michael – “the increase costs associated with Obama care tax at thousands of dollars per worker. This is why the unemployment rate continues to be close to double digits.”

Gotcha, so apparently the states listed below have no employers or they are all exmpt from Obamacare.

North Dakota 3.0

Oklahoma 4.8

South Dakota 4.3

Vermont 4.6

Nebraska 3.9

Iowa 5.1


July 19th, 2012
9:43 am

Fletch – This says nothing about why business owners in THIS STATE are taking a wait and see attitude towards expansion. Also, whats that got to do with what is being reported in Georgia by this newspaper?

How many friends and acquaintances of yours are being affected by this issue? Are you then going to tell them to move to Nebraska? Who’s got who now?


July 19th, 2012
9:49 am

All those tax cuts and budget cuts were supposed to make Georgia the place for business to create jobs… what happened?


July 19th, 2012
9:52 am

Obama has made it clear that private business isn’t what has made this country great, its the wonderful job politicians such as himself have done through the years. Seriously? Does anyone Democrat or Republican agree with this? I guess if your total household economy consists of ‘gubment’ checks every month than you probably do, but can anyone who actually works for a living really be that dumb?


July 19th, 2012
10:06 am

9%? Well, the Republicans have controlled this state for the past 10+ years. Why aren’t they being held accountable? Blue states up north are seeing 6% unemployment or better. Meanwhile, GA based ChikFilA is again consumed with the private lives of gay Georgians. It’s no wonder GA has become one of the worst states to live in.

Sid Farcus

July 19th, 2012
10:16 am

This is typical AJC. they have this article open for comments but, the atricle covering states cracking down on welfare $$$ being spent on tattoos and booze is not open. And by the way Andy, lets vote in the dems to run the state. They have done a great job running the country. Into the ground that is.


July 19th, 2012
10:16 am

I am surprised that the unemployment rate went up since affective July 1st the state’s unemployment law was revised and butchered by the Republicans to the lowest amount of weeks one can claim benefits to 14 weeks instead of the country wide standard of 26. Along with the new stricture requirements to detour people from signing up it’s almost not worth the time standing in line. Laid-off people in Georgia should go straight to Welfare and food stamps. At least you don’t have to look for work anymore.


July 19th, 2012
10:26 am

9% unemployment??? I can’t find a good job anywhere. I thought the government said the recession was over a long time ago–what happened?


July 19th, 2012
10:27 am

Vote Yes for T-SPLOST to get more work to improve our economy! Better transit = businesses move in = better economy. If we build up the city infrastructure, then we can look to high speed rail to connect other cities as a viable alternative to flying. “If you build it, they will come”


July 19th, 2012
10:50 am

Why is the President”s name even mentioned in this discussion. The President has offered Georgia stimulus mny times to ez this state through the rough economic times and it was turned down by our governor with excuse that Georgia can’t afford to pay it back, yet the governor handed 4 million tax dollars for special interest groups and to build the international airport terminal we didn’t need!
He has also somehow found countless tax break incentives to encourage company expansion yet these company have taken a wait till after November approach to hiring.
My own company used the excuse that just because our CIO resigned to take a better paying job with another company, my company has put the brakes on hiring, projects and raises when we are operating on a skeleton crew already! We had planned to hire several hundred new employees before the CIO left, so this was a man made internal company recession.
Overall Georgia has now had 10 consecutive years of republican leadership and yet this state continues to be a red state and will be one even if the unemployment rate were 60-70%.
Governor Barnes sucessfully worked tirelessly to reduce the time spent in the DDS office to get issues related to drivers licenses resolved and as of July 2nd all that he did has now been reversed
Georgia, why is it when it comes to that what makes sense is not what is done?

say what?

July 19th, 2012
11:02 am

Why do the people of GA never hold their local and state elected officials accountable for the state of GA unemployment rate? Our governor(s), our US senators and representatives travel the world with their family and friends, and friend’s family and friends, yet we get ZERO return on these trips. they have given away tax support of schools via incentives to bring jobs here. the problem is that we have few literate educated employees to do the work because education (elementary and secondary) have had their budgets slashed by the billions in the past ten years. Yet everyone is happy with their elected official. Simply retarded to vote for someone because they say the other guy is UnAmerican, out to destroy families, and is not like us- very child like in our voting for these people.

And I am still waiting of a response from Mitt Romney regarding his jobs program without saying a word about Obama. Still waiting for his plan to jump start hiring for the over 3 million jobs advertised, but only 80K people hired nationwide. How are our officials in GA helping us on getting employment?

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July 19th, 2012
12:12 pm

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July 19th, 2012
12:40 pm

This is so sad that it is comical. When the unemployment number goes down, the supporters of the president give him all of the credit, but when the number goes up, it is the Republican governor and Statehouse that is to blame. Please make up your minds as to who gets the kudos in good times and who is to blame when things are bad.


July 19th, 2012
12:55 pm

Michael – “How many friends and acquaintances of yours are being affected by this issue?”

None that I’m aware of. Next time I’m in GA, I’ll be sure to ask them if it will put your mind at ease.


July 19th, 2012
1:36 pm


Bob Walters

July 20th, 2012
12:13 am

Not surprised, given the Obama welfare state is encouraging people to become completely dependent on the Obama sponsored handouts used solely to procure votes in December. It’s time to end ALL entitlement programs in this country and that includes Social Security and Medicare, two programs that will surely bankrupt this country and send us back to the stone age.

Vote Republican to restore personal responsibility. Tea Party 2012!!!

Why Guy

July 22nd, 2012
10:25 pm

Why isn’t blame put where blame is due how can this country keep going with the cash for clunkers, Obamacare, the NAFTA Agreement signed by Clinton, Two wars by George Herbert Walker Bush and Obama spending two trillion more dollars than the last 43 Presidents that have been in the White House combined. Furthermore, no one wants to know about the fact that Barrack and Michelle have 26 million in the bank but Romney gets black balled by not releasing his tax statements for the last 8 years. No one ever made Kerry Heinz wife release her tax returns. Our country spends way too much time fighting about taking up for politicians and no time trying better the lives of the American people in which our constitution says is supposed to be for the people, bye the people and of the people of the United States of America and our Supreme Court for the most part allowed Obama to piss on the Constitution and our “Bill of Rights” and they have given illegal aliens amnesty to live in the United States.

Are we still even citizens anymore or are we subjects to government take over.