Georgia’s jobless rate jumps to 9.3 percent in July

Georgia’s unemployment rate jumped to 9.3 percent in July from 9 percent in June, the state labor department said Thursday.

The state’s jobless rate, which had been closing the gap with the national rate, is now back at a full percentage point above the U.S. rate of 8.3 percent.

Georgia’s rate has declined from a year ago when it was 10 percent.

“One of the main reasons for the increase in the unemployment rate was a large number of temporary layoffs in manufacturing,” state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a statement. “But many of those people have already gone back to work.”

There were 56,540 first-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits in July — up 15.7 percent from June. Temporary manufacturing layoffs accounted for most of the increase, the labor department said.

The state’s labor force increased by 7,731 new jobseekers to 4,765,132 in July. But the number of jobs dropped by 0.5 percent in July. There were 20,600 jobs lost among seasonal workers in the local public schools. The private sector added 5,600 jobs.

The number of jobs in July totaled 50,600 more than a year ago, with nearly 32,000 of those gains coming in metro Atlanta. Statewide, the annual growth was in professional and business services, 29,300; trade, transportation, and warehousing, 18,400; education and health care, 8,000; manufacturing, 3,600; and leisure and hospitality, 2,100.

The number of long-term unemployed workers — those jobless for at least 27  weeks — dropped by 4,700 to total 225,400 in July. But the long-term unemployed still make up 51 percent of all the state’s jobless workers.

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David Wilhoit

August 16th, 2012
5:18 am

“One of the main reasons for the increase in the unemployment rate was a large number of temporary layoffs in manufacturing,” state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a statement. “But many of those people have already gone back to work.”
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I wonder what Mr Butler’s lie will be next month. According to this, jobless rate will be back down to 9% in next month’s report? Will he then say “It only dropped because all those temp manufacturing workers are working again.” Or will he tell you how the job market is on the upswing and how great we’re doing? The BS continues and nobody is held accountable.

Obama

August 16th, 2012
5:50 am

My policies are taking a little longer to take hold…but, don’t worry. Vote for me again in November and in another 4 years I will drop the rate to under 8%.

George W Bush

August 16th, 2012
6:00 am

Ar least you didn’t have to wait for the results of my policies…vote for me again in November and in 4 years you’ll all be Joads.

mebeingme

August 16th, 2012
6:15 am

When will they provide to us the unemployed people that ave exhausted all of their benefits? Do they just evaporate the numbers?

Still searching...

August 16th, 2012
6:36 am

@mebeingme, I would also like to see those numbers as I am a part of that demographic. Two years unemployed and still no prospects in sight. I know several folks in this same boat and I can bet you we are not counted in the unemployment figures any longer.

Mary A

August 16th, 2012
7:05 am

Yep, still no job in sight for me..not ever counted as unemployed in the first place, never got to file, I really wish all the lying would stop and the real numbers come out, but oh no the economy is doing great, gas is at $4.00/groceries have gone through the ceiling and life just moves right on..WOW, AJC do us all a favor and report some fair numbers, just once!!

Rod

August 16th, 2012
7:12 am

Wow all these comments sounds like the same thing minorities have said for years. Pull yourself up by your boot straps. Isn’t the Govetnor the top dog in the state. Why can’t he create jobs? Oh wait he is for his friends

anybody notice

August 16th, 2012
7:14 am

that a lot of numbers are supposedly improving though. I knew the media would do that just prior to election. Surprised at gas increase though. I said it would be low right before election too.

A country that enslaved a group of people elects one for president. America, a study in stupidity. Glad I am halfway home (projected) cause I would hate to see this hellhole 50 years from now.

Default Settings 2.0

August 16th, 2012
7:52 am

There is work available. The trucking industry is always hiring. It is one way to live rent free and make a modest wage with benefits.

A. S. Mathew

August 16th, 2012
7:55 am

It seems only the Chick-Fil-A would be hiring.

andy

August 16th, 2012
7:59 am

Instead of blaming Pres Obama, why don’t Georgians hold their 100% state GOP officials accountable? When the Dems ran the state, jobs were plentiful, the roads got built, and the murderers got fried. Am I the only one who remembers when GA was a safe, prosperous place to live?…

WOW Georgia

August 16th, 2012
8:03 am

Just putting this out there. If your unemployment is above the national average, that isn’t the President’s fault. That something local. Why is Georgia higher than the national average. I thought by electing Republicans we would get jobs. I guess they lied to you guys, but I guarantee you will keep them in office.

What’s the definition of insanity?

peter

August 16th, 2012
8:03 am

Well the lemmings elected a lying governor of a lying party……. what would one expect ?

How about that GA 400 toll ? Just another example.

Rick in Grayson

August 16th, 2012
8:03 am

What happens when all the illegal aliens are granted work permits under the new Obama “temporary amnesty” program? Will the unemployment rate increase with all the new potential additions to the work force?

Butch Cassidy (I)

August 16th, 2012
8:04 am

What’s with the Obama comments? I was unaware that he was now running the state of Georgia. Up here in NYC, when we get bad news, we actually hold our STATE leaders responsible. Or, maybe you need to start being nicer to the POTUS so he will bless you with a 3% UE rate such as they have in North Dakota.

NotMe

August 16th, 2012
8:13 am

Any you got it right: Instead of blaming Pres Obama, why don’t Georgians hold their 100% state GOP officials accountable?

It is the local politicians that run things here and they are all crooks but yet we keep voting them in. It is the stupid electorate that would rather rank their dogma that they heard on local talk radio rather then use their brain to think for themselves.

paul

August 16th, 2012
8:17 am

Enter your comments here

paul

August 16th, 2012
8:23 am

Yes, we should hold the local officials responsible, but what party brought Kia and Cat to Georgia,
not the Democrats and the reason GA’s economy is so bad is still the housing industry which was so overbuilt for the people that could not afford them that it is still causing problems, don’t blame the Republicans for that the Demos started the Affordable Housing Act. If you want us to hold our local politicians accountable how about holding our national leaders (Obama and Biden) accountable and voting them out, they are the ones that did nothing for the economy since they took office.

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August 16th, 2012
8:27 am

@Rick in Grayson. I guess they will keep working like they were before.

Neal Boortz

August 16th, 2012
8:27 am

This is exactly why I like right to work states. It keeps unions out and we can exploit the workers.

Uh, Guys...

August 16th, 2012
8:28 am

Blaming the republicans for GA’s problems is the same as blaming Obama for the country’s problems – it just ain’t that easy, but it is easy to point fingers – guess which finger I am pointing at you guys…

Bonnie

August 16th, 2012
8:37 am

Baloney that people have gone back to work. My husband’s company just let 113 people go. None of them can find a job. Not qualified, too qualified, over qualified, the usual garbage answers. I don’t know when people are actually going to realize what a disaster this country is in.

Bonnie

August 16th, 2012
8:40 am

@Butch Cassidy – obama is trying to run the whole world. His policies have cause people to not want to hire and pay higher taxes and health care. Who wants to work for the government, be it federal or state or local – most of their paychecks go to taxes, federal, state, local, social security (so the gvt can steal it), and any other tax they care to put on there. The state government answers to the federal government so what does that tell you?

Whirled Peas

August 16th, 2012
8:52 am

Another helping of Obama Hope and Change heaped upon the citizens of our State. November 2 cannot come quick enough.

Whirled Peas

August 16th, 2012
8:56 am

Hey Henry, when are you going to do an article about the piece of Obama’s multi-trillion dollar debt that Georgia citizens will have to pay? You think your silence will help him get re-elected? Think again. People are finally getting his number. Shame on Henry and the AJC for trying to cover for our Spender in Chief.

WOW Georgia

August 16th, 2012
9:02 am

Spender in Chief…just so you know, he can’t spend a dime without the house approval

And his policies seem to be working for those states that are at or under the average…what’s the difference with Georgia…hmmm.

H

August 16th, 2012
9:07 am

32,000 more jobs in metro Atlanta and Chic Fil A!!!!! Maybe thats why you see so many idiots sitting on 400 every morning for an hour. Are people here that stupid that they don’t know any better but to sit in their cars, waste time, waste gas and waste money?? How does this town not have a real train system?? Unbelievable. Second rate city.

fulldawg

August 16th, 2012
9:07 am

Well, we can always just “Go Fish, Georgia!”

Butch Cassidy (I)

August 16th, 2012
9:11 am

Bonnie – “The state government answers to the federal government so what does that tell you?”

That the State of Georgia should take it’s ques from the other states that are well below 9% UE and stop blaming the POTUS for everything. I don’t like Obama, I didn’t vote for Obama, and I won’t vote for him in November. However, to BLAME Obama for your states problems when other states are clearly doing better, is naive at best and idiotic at worst.

Butch Cassidy (I)

August 16th, 2012
9:15 am

Whirled peas – “trying to cover for our Spender in Chief.”

You must be referring to John Boehner, since all spending and approriations have to have the approval of Congress before moving forward. Or, were you not aware that the POTUS doesn’t have a giant checkbook from which to spend money at will?

Independent voter

August 16th, 2012
9:18 am

I drank the ” Hope and Change ” Koolaid and voted for Obama… now we REALLY do need Change… Romney and Ryan will lower taxes for ALL of us… make changes in Soc. and medicare… so they will not become insolvent by 2020… get an energy policy in place.. Nat. Gas for trucks and buses.. clean, cheap, and domestic.. and get businesses hiring again

Destin Dawg

August 16th, 2012
9:22 am

How can minorities, women, young folks ( with unemployment at 20%+ )vote for Obama again ??

Brainstorm

August 16th, 2012
9:52 am

Just hold on all of you folks that are blaming the GA GOP for the unemployment increase here, since, of course, that it is something that only they can control. And when it goes down again, you will give all of the credit to the president, since, of course, that is something that only he can control.

Stinky Sullivan

August 16th, 2012
9:55 am

More hope and change!

canary in the coal mine (Michigan)

August 16th, 2012
10:01 am

There is an African proverb that says “war between grasshoppers delights the crows”. War between the left and right political camps keeps the nations people divided and hence conquered by the elites who SPONSERS both parties. The masses are simply puppets bombing and shooting the opposition ranks with talking points and propaganda from party generals on talk radio or in office. It’s the death of intellect and truth as the first causality of war is truth.

Stop the insanity. This is the situation. We are in an airplane whose landing gear is broken. Some want to land the plane now and deal with the reality now and some want to try the keep flying in the hopes of living longer. Regardless of whom the pilot is and what party they represent, they cannot fix the landing gear. There is going to be a violent landing regardless of the pilot.

Chris

August 16th, 2012
10:18 am

But just maybe an apache helicopter could fly up next to the plane with the broken landing gear and rescue only those on board with all of the money to afford a rescue. Just saying, it could happen…….

Default Settings 2.0

August 16th, 2012
10:27 am

@Canary..Where did you get your talking points? They are freaking awesome! Going from grasshoppers and crows all the way to a doomed commercial airliner as a metaphor for our economy. Can I get a hit oof that joint your smoking?

Confused

August 16th, 2012
10:43 am

Worst unemployment, worst health disparities (high blood pressure, cancer, obesity, heart disease), lowest high school graduation percentages, shortest life expectancies… What area of the country leads the nation in these areas?

For those of you who don’t know, it’s the south (NC, SC, GA, AL, TN, AL, MS, AK, TX, KY)!!!! The good ole south, where Republicans have lead states houses overall for decades.

By the way, that’s factual data, and you can go check out it yourself. It’s a pretty sad commentary when many of you sit and blame POTUS for the conditions in GA and every where else. The south has always been home to red states and the policies have reflected as such. That’s why the wealth continues to grow their wealth and the poor continue to live in trailer parks.

If you any of you had an “ounce” of intelligence you would really ask yourself, “Can Mitt Romney really relate to my issues?” If you’re truly honest with yourself, the answer would be “NO”. The man is worth millions and of course, he would see you a truck load of empty promises because he’s and his staff is fully aware that ignorance is bliss and the veil of ignorance is so thick that many of you cannot see through it.

One percent of one percent of one percent will ever get to the status of where Mitt Romney is financially. You guys sit there and think he has your best interest at heart you are sadly mistaken.

As for the national level, this pass congressional term, there were roughly 3700 bills introduce to Congress and less than 75 were passed into law.. Mind you, the House is controlled by the Republican. I guess that’s the POTUS fault too…

I would invite many of you all to RE-ENROLL in a US Government class and truly understand the process. Many of you were NEVER engage in the Congressional process and as soon as BO was elected POTUS you became engage not completely understand the true Congressional process. I also invite you all to read the book “The K Street Gang” (K Street is a main street in DC) about your go-ole Republican Party and see what an insider said about most republican.

One of you proud Republicans out there reading that’s post that is so intelligent, help me understand how can ONE MAN (POTUS) turn a $5 trillion dollar company around when you have over 500(Congress & Senate) board members with personal agendas pulling in various direction in four years… You tell me?

canary in the coal mine (Michigan)

August 16th, 2012
10:46 am

To explain…Michigan in general and the Detroit area in particular has been the canary in the coal mine for the US economy for a long time. The REAL fate of this nation is reflected….or should I say “foreshadowed”…by what happens to Michigan’s economy. People fled Michigan in the early part of the last decade, to places like Georgia, because things were so bad economically in Michigan. Now the rate of unemployment in Georgia and other boom states like North Carolina is as bad as or worse than Michigan. Only states that have good natural resources, such as Oil, and area connected to large public employment, like the Federal Government, are faring much better.

The truth is that capitalism has reached the point of diminishing returns for this nation. The developing world is more attractive to capital as the return on investment in many developing nations is greater than such investments here at home. Also, we have lost “comparative advantage” in trade with many developing nation due to labor cost, regulation and taxes. We can be competitive again if we are willing to work for 3rd world wages and salaries and lower, regulations and taxes…..otherwise we will continue to lose jobs to cheaper sources, as well as, advanced technology, automation and artificial intelligence. Hence, there is NO SOLUTION that prevents a reduction in our standard of living, regardless of political party leadership.

In the jungle some animals do not have the senses needed to spot danger before it arrives. Though animals, however, learned to spot danger by the reaction of animals that had keen senses. Most Americans, including me, do not have the senses (knowledge) to know what dangers are nigh, however, if we know who and what to watch……we would realize the perils ahead.

Chris

August 16th, 2012
11:06 am

Welcome to the South, brother! Free to live as we choose, free to work as we choose and free to die an early death based on those decisions, as long as it’s our choice! We don’t worry about what the “other guy” thinks or even if they approve of our lifestyle – it’s none of your business and frankly we’d wish you would butt out! If you want to live to be 100 that’s your call – eat granola and do polates until the cows come home. Me, I’ll just stay on my 4 acre oasis on the outskirts, work out of my pickup and wait until everyone has strangled each other. Then we’ll see who’s left standing!

Default Settings 2.0

August 16th, 2012
11:19 am

@Confused. What about the senate?
@Canary. You have cogent thoughts.You are always welcome at any bar where I’m drinking.
@Chris. Damn Straight!

That being said I usually write in vote. Most party sponsored candidates are too alike.

Confused

August 16th, 2012
11:34 am

@Chris-

Thanks for the welcome but its NOT needed… Please find comfort in knowing that I was born and raised in the south but I left the south… Come back yearly to go deer hunting in the fall and fishing and to help disc the soybeans field in the spring.. However, I left the south and realize it’s huge world out there besides the south…

Also, please know, I too will be left standing when “everyone has strangled each other” b/c I can live off the land with the best of them..

As far as eating granola, I don’t do it.. I was raised eating yard chicken and the eggs they prodcued and hogs my grandparents raised.. Actually ate some tomatoes with grits this morning that I canned last fall.. As such, I am equipped to live in both worlds.

One dimension of anything is NEVER good… I’m pretty sure you love the war, as you know, if our troops were only trained to fight one dimension, they would be slaughter.. It’s important to be multifaceted in all aspects.

@Default Setteing 2.0 if you look at the posting, I had both House and Senate in ( ) when I said over 500 board members..

Chris

August 16th, 2012
11:47 am

@Confused-

Please regard my comments with tongue firmly in cheek – I’ve lived in the south for nearly 40 years and can attest to the attitudes and behaviors that have been in place since the area was settled. Remember they fought and lost a civil war because of their unwillingness to change for the country’s benefit. It does not really matter which party is in power down here, you may as well call it the “Good Ol’ Boy” party and stop spending money on primary elections!

canary in the coal mine (Michigan)

August 16th, 2012
12:02 pm

@Default Settings 2.0 – Thanks for the bar invite but I am a non consumer of liquor….I would have to show up for the ladies at the bar…..but then again I am married……so bars don’t offer me an upside. The last thing I need in this world is something that impairs my senses (liquor)…and the wrath of a women (my wife). I need to stay alert :-)

Confused

August 16th, 2012
12:12 pm

@Chris-

You are 1000 % correct….

If you are so smart "Confused"...

August 16th, 2012
1:44 pm

…the you wouild know that you cannot do anything more than 100% – but, then agian, you are “confused” – which explains most of your uninformed rant…

So I WILL tell you how the POTUS can “help” to turn this train around – without using “hope and change” as a gimmick and by “LEADING” rather than trying to be union goons best friend or by trying to buy votes to remain in office – there were millions of “voters” who sincerely believed that if BHO was president then they would NOT have to pay for their house, their car, or their education. And he is pandering to the same people this time around, too.

Hopefully, those who took a flyer on him lawst time, the independent voters, will not fall for the same malarky this time and will CHANGE this country’s leadership at top…that is a change that will be good for all of us, especially our grandchildren (our children are already screwed)…

MoMoney

August 16th, 2012
3:32 pm

I thought the experts in DC said the recession was over last year and the private sector was fine. What gives?? the economy is worse than ever!

Reality

August 17th, 2012
9:41 am

Please read Daily Job Cuts.Com The real story is here daily!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Destin Dawg

August 17th, 2012
12:05 pm

Free market capitalism is what made the U.S. economy strong in the last century… private businesses create real jobs… Obama’s administration has zero businessmen.. just unemployed law students really.. what is a community organizer any way ??

older1

August 22nd, 2012
1:17 pm

I think 2nd timothy chapter2 verse1-5, Daniel chapter 2 verse 44, and Matthew chapter 6 verses 9-10 in the Bible covers what’s wrong and what we need.