Unemployment rate up in metro Atlanta in June

The preliminary unemployment rate in metro Atlanta rose to 9.3 percent in June, up from 8.6 percent in May, the Georgia Department of Labor said.

The rate was 10.2 percent in June 2011.

The rate increased because 17,526 new job seekers entered the labor force, but were unable to find work. Also, there were 350 new layoffs in retail trade, administrative and support services, educational services, and health care and social assistance.

In metro Atlanta, jobs decreased to 2,338,700, down by 2,000 from May, but up by 32,200 from 2,306,500 in June 2011.

The metro Atlanta area includes the following counties: Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Haralson, Heard, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Meriwether, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Pike, Rockdale, Spalding, and Walton.

Metro Athens and metro Gainesville had the lowest area jobless rates at 7.5 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 12.3 percent. Athens has had the lowest area rate, or tied for the lowest, each month since December 2009. Dalton has had the highest area rate since August 2011.

Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 9.0 percent in June, up one-tenth of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in May, the first increase in almost a year. The jobless rate was 9.9 percent in June a year ago.

The number of jobs in the state dropped by 8,200, or two-tenths of a percentage point, from 3,941,500 in May to 3,933,300 in June. However, jobs were up by 45,200 from 3,888,100 in June 2011.

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Independent

July 26th, 2012
6:48 am

unemployment up every where, disability claims through the roof, food stamps doubled last 3 years, Obama’s anti private sector business, pro labor union, regulations, taxes, NLRB against Boeing plant in S.C….. holding up Keystone Pipeline and other energy projects !!

FYI...

July 26th, 2012
8:45 am

@ Independent

Obama is not the governor of Georgia.

JB

July 26th, 2012
9:02 am

Jobs come from the private sector. Always have. Business people hire when their business is growing with demand, which comes from high employment due to consumer confidence, stable fair tax rates and a government supporting them with controlled spending and regulations. Raising tax rates will not spur the economy and only produce 8 1/2 days of revenue for the money thirsty administration. The tax the rich is a ruse. It’s class warfare. Businesses will hire when they see a need to hire, which won’t happen with tax and regulation increases. It’s pretty simple.

JB

July 26th, 2012
9:09 am

If Obama was a Republican, he would be behind 15 points in the polls. There have been a half dozen stories about the crises of our economy the last 2 months and with this administrations polices that have adversely affected unemployment and the debt and the like and the main stream news has reported none of it. As the President said two weeks ago……” The private sector is doing fine”…Really?

tiredofIT

July 26th, 2012
9:11 am

“The tax the rich is a ruse. ” They only have 21 TRILLION dollars in off shore accounts. How can they possibility survive.

Progress

July 26th, 2012
9:13 am

Independent- You mention the Obama is “anti private sector business”. You may want to check some facts before you spout your ignorance. During Obama’s tenure the number of private sector jobs are up sharply while the number of public sector jobs are down sharply. How exactly does that suggest to you that he’s anti private sector? And are you aware that Obama has created more jobs in 3 years than Bush did in 8 years?

Unemployment is not up everywhere; it’s actually going down in the vast majority of cities in the country. It’s still up in many low-tax red states. But there’s a negative correlation between tax rates ad unemployment. To save you from having to go take a college statistics course to understand that, I’ll make it real clear for you: Historically, since 1948, when marginal tax rates are high then unemployment tends to be low, and when marginal tax rates are low (like they are now), then unemployment tends to be high. On other words, high tax rates are associated with low unemployment. So blame your Republican state government and representatives in congress for unemployment.

And studies have shown that having the Keystone pipeline online will change the price of gas about zero dollars and zero cents for the American consumer.

But I’m sure you’ll go on spewing your bs about the economy, which you clearly know nothing about.

Progress

July 26th, 2012
9:16 am

JB = Another brainwashed stooge who makes statements that have no basis in reality.

JB

July 26th, 2012
9:23 am

Progress……….I own a business. I’ve gone form 208 employees to 135 in this economy, You want my email to come visit me in Augusta and learn first hand how this Mr. Stooge is doing. See how new senseless New OSHA regulations and NFA ( National fire Assoc) mandates have cost me tens of thousands of dollars. Let me know. I could open your eyes in an hour or so. Living in realville.

Progress

July 26th, 2012
9:29 am

Then you’re a poor businessman. It’s an absolute fact that low unemployment corresponds with high marginal tax rates and high unemployment corresponds with low marginal tax rates like we have right now (and have had since 2003). But I have a feeling a “wise businessman” like yourself doesn’t know how to run a correlation, so all you can go on is your anecdotal experience as a less than savvy “job creator”.

JB

July 26th, 2012
9:37 am

Yea, 61 years in business is poor, with growth EVERY year until 2008. Real poor.

JB

July 26th, 2012
9:39 am

Liberals have all the answers. Any books out to help me? Growing a business with growing tax rates,energy cost and regulations. Need some help.

Progress

July 26th, 2012
9:43 am

You obviously have a difficult time distinguishing cause and effect. The problems you experienced in 2008 had nothing to do with Obama’s policies, which could not have had an effect until at least 6 months into his presidency (when jobs began consistently growing again nationally). Those problems were directly related to 8 years of Bush policies, but you don’t want to believe that, so you can go on repeating the old white man’s party line. But your numbers are shrinking daily, which is good for America. It’s time to get back to fact-based policies.

JB

July 26th, 2012
9:47 am

And let’s don’t forget what less business does to margins. I’m sure you know what a margin is progress. It’s the difference left over between the selling price and cost you pay as to pay your taxes and expenses with.. ( and God forbid make a profit)….and with a Obama economy, there is less business for the companies left, thus margins naturally drop. ….and don’t worry about the 10,000 gallons of diesel fuel I buy every month that has made that cost go up every month ( 12,500 per month)……..And certainly don’t worry about our health Insurance going up 21% since Obamacare……….I just need a Liberal to come by like yourself and tell me how good I have it.

Progress

July 26th, 2012
9:49 am

And in regard to energy costs, we’ve drilled and used more oil during the Obama administration than during the Bush administration. Obama has also attempted to expand wind, water, battery, and solar energy production, although Republicans have attempted to thwart him on that at every turn. The cost of energy has nothing to do with this administration, and economists agree that presidents have very little if any influence over the price of oil. So you have once again demonstrated that you have difficulty identifying cause and effect factors, which is likely why your business is going down hill.

JB

July 26th, 2012
9:52 am

” old White man” tells me everything I need to know now…………..How’s that 45 years of Democratic policy and support working out for ” your peeps”……Looks like they got y’all right where they want you.
going backwards……….Good stuff.

Progress

July 26th, 2012
9:54 am

You don’t have it good. But you have no idea where your problems stem from, and it’s not from Obama’s policies. It’s your own fault; your problems are due to 8 years of fiscal irresponsibility of the Bush administration and some bad choices during the Clinton administration. Vote for Romney and you’ll be on food stamps in three years, but don’t continue to whine about results that are due to your own bad choices.

JB

July 26th, 2012
9:55 am

We’ve drilled more oil……….Has been ALL PRIVATE SECTOR land. Obama shut down all public land drilling……and he hates fossil fuel and wasted billions on failed green energy…. Of mine and your money………………….Damn progress, you got bad.

JB

July 26th, 2012
9:56 am

Darn Progress, I read your last post and I thought I had MSNBC on. My bad.

JB

July 26th, 2012
9:58 am

Relax, Bookman will be back in 2 weeks. You and your ilk can team up on all this.

Progress

July 26th, 2012
9:59 am

@ 9:52: Once again you prove yourself to have no idea how to gauge cause and effect. I’m not Black, but you just showed yourself to be a racist on top of all the other ignorance you’ve spouted.

JB

July 26th, 2012
10:00 am

Does Romney have all the answers? No……..But in baseball, after the starting pitcher in the 8th inning gives up three home runs, they usually go to the bull pen. Obama is heading for the showers…LOL

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Progress

July 26th, 2012
10:03 am

@9:55- It doesn’t matter whether the land is public or private. It matters how much oil there is. Do you think the laws of supply and demand care where the oil was pumped from?

With every one of your posts I can tell even more clearly why you’re a failing business man- You have no idea why things are happening in the economy, you attribute blame to the wrong causes, you’re a racist pig, and you have only marginal facility with the English language.

JB

July 26th, 2012
10:04 am

Not a racist. 2/3 of staff black, and I do the hiring. The old white man comment is on you. No need for that here. That can be interpreted at racists…. and i did

Skip

July 26th, 2012
10:07 am

Somehow the Republican run state gets a pass, it’s Obama’s fault? He’s not the one running Georgia, the state winning the race to the bottom.

Progress

July 26th, 2012
10:07 am

You think Romney is going to win? Again, you don’t have a clue (but you better hope he doesn’t if you don’t want to end up on food stamps and then have him take them away from your sorry butt). You may want to check these links that project the electoral votes. Romney has very little chance of winning that total:

http://www.electoral-vote.com/

http://www.electionprojection.com/2012elections/president12.php

Stooge.

JB

July 26th, 2012
10:10 am

Well, no doubt you are a liberal. It always goes personal with insults ( like the schultz guy on msnbc) you start a dialogue with differences of opinion, and like any true liberal, it’s goes nasty and personal.
“racist pig”………..I’ve seen it Bookman way too many times. If you have another opinion, That’s where liberals take it. You a sad pitiful little human being.

tiredofIT

July 26th, 2012
10:24 am

So Romney was a registered lobbyist for the Salt Lake City Olympics and he attacked his primary opponents for lobbying. … Anybody but Romney.

Progress

July 26th, 2012
10:25 am

It’s a fact that the GOP is the old white man’s party. It’s the only demographic they have. Women, minorities, and young people all vote heavily Democratic, which is why in a few years the Republican party will be obsolete once the entitled baby boomers like yourself are gone.

Butch Cassidy (I)

July 26th, 2012
10:26 am

JB – “Yea, 61 years in business”

Jesus, assuming that you were barely 20 when you started it, that would make you 81 years old. Hell man, even I retired from Citi at 45. Any particular reason you haven’t sold it or passed it on to the grand kiddies?

tiredofIT

July 26th, 2012
10:28 am

Why did Romney shred the records from Salt Lake City Olympics? What is this guy hiding?

Progress

July 26th, 2012
10:29 am

Did I hurt your feelings, JB? I’m sorry. I just have a low tolerance for stupidity and people who have a hostile relationship with facts.

tiredofIT

July 26th, 2012
10:35 am

Documents obtained by the Boston Globe show that the FDIC negotiated a $10 million forgiveness with Bain & Co. while Romney was chairman and CEO in 1993

JB

July 26th, 2012
10:49 am

Butch. Bought the company 14 years ago after working here in Sr. Mgt. for 8 years. Thanks for caring.

Independent

July 26th, 2012
11:09 am

JB… you can’t argue with Progress.

… he’s on here full time.. ALL MORNING.. he must not own or run a business

Independent

July 26th, 2012
11:16 am

Progress… these ” women, minorities and young people ” you reference may have voted for Obama.. but they have been hit hard by his anti business policies.. unemployment is WAY up for them.. 17 % + when you consider under employment.. only other things up are Disability claims and food stamps !!

Dana

July 26th, 2012
11:34 am

Obama is not the governor of Georgia but he has not done one thing he has said he was going to do. He is attacking the jobs of thousands by attacking the coal industry. He is promoting the same junk that he promoted during his first run for president and has yet to do anything but play golf and attend sporting events.

Progress

July 26th, 2012
11:36 am

Independent- Yes, there’s no stopping progress. You are correct in that respect. And I can be on here whenever I want because I make my own hours.

You keep talking up these “anti business” policies of Obama, but you haven’t given any evidence whatsoever. I gave you plenty of evidence to the contrary at 9:13. Are you suggesting that the fact that the ACA funnels millions of customers to private health care businesses is anti-business? Or that private sector jobs have increased under Obama while public sector jobs have decreased is a sign of anti business policies?

Yes, I’m sure you’re an independent. You function independent of facts and independent of reality and spew right wing bs straight off of the demagogues at Faux news. You’re just too embarrassed of the idiocy of the Bush years to call yourself a Republican anymore. Instead I’d call you something that begins with “b” and rhymes with itch.

Progress

July 26th, 2012
11:40 am

Dana- Right, because Obama didn’t take out Bin Laden (something Bush couldn’t do in 8 years); he didn’t push through a historic (though flawed) health care bill that every other president in the last 100 years tried to do and failed; he didn’t reverse the economy from the free fall Bush left it in; he didn’t create more jobs in three years than Bush did in 8 years. Oh wait, he did do all those things. Are you living in a bubble?

Dana

July 26th, 2012
12:00 pm

Nobody wants the health care bill. 83% of doctors are considering quitting because of it. Nobody (including the ones that approved it) understand it. He has hidden things that have nothing to do with health care in the bill and I am not going to pay premiums towards something I don’t approve of. He took out the National Day of Prayer from the White House for the 1st time ever!

Businesses that have been around for years are now out of business. Unemployment in Georgia just rose again. I am not in a bubble…I just don’t believe in supporting someone who doesn’t believe in the principles this country was founded on and I do not believe in supporting issues that are not founded upon Godly principles. I did not vote for him the 1st time and I surely won’t vote for him the 2nd time. Just wait until you go to the doctor and whatever your insurance company doesn’t cover gets deducted from your bank account…how much will you like him then?

Progress

July 26th, 2012
12:34 pm

83% of doctors are considering quitting because of ACA? Bull. Please provide a link for where you got that silly information.

Progress

July 26th, 2012
12:35 pm

Do you already have health care? If so, then the ACA makes absolutely no difference to you and won’t cost you a dime. If you don’t have health care, then you need to get some health insurance so the rest of us won’t have to foot the bill when you end up in the hospital at some point in your life- this isn’t a communist country so we shouldn’t have to pay for your medical expenses if you want to go uninsured.

Progress

July 26th, 2012
12:36 pm

He took out National Prayer Day? Good. It’s constitutional, and it’s about time we started keeping your ignorant myths out of the government.

Progress

July 26th, 2012
12:36 pm

Yes, businesses are having a hard time and there is high unemployment, but you obviously don’t have a clue as to why. My 9:13 and 9:43 posts will help explain it to you. (Hint: It’s not due to Obama’s policies, genius).

Progress

July 26th, 2012
12:37 pm

What do you mean that Obama doesn’t believe in the principles that the country was founded under? Do you want to explain that? If you’re suggesting that this country was founded on Christian principles then you need to go back to 10th grade to relearn your history. Most of the founding fathers were deists and knew the idea that your god was divine was fiction. If the U.S. is based on Christian ideals, then why are only two of the ten commandments actually laws? (And those two, murder and theft, are laws in every society regardless of their religious affiliation.)

Progress

July 26th, 2012
12:39 pm

Your conspiracy theory about health care and my bank account shows how out of touch with reality you are.

Progress

July 26th, 2012
12:40 pm

Do you also believe in Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster? Have you been abducted and probed by aliens?

Progress

July 26th, 2012
12:40 pm

Do you believe the earth is 6,000 years old and poofed into existence via the powers of mental telepathy of a magical primate?

The education system has failed you miserably. I’m sorry for you.

Progress

July 26th, 2012
12:42 pm

Dana- All of the above were posted for your enjoyment because the AJC filter was permitting me from posting it all at once for some reason. But you get the point.

I'm a hot shot, so get out of my way!

July 26th, 2012
3:25 pm

@JB

“Yea, 61 years in business is poor, with growth EVERY year until 2008. Real poor.”

You grew your business every year for 61 years and only had 208 employees? That’s pretty bad.