Metro Atlanta’s jobless rate rises to 9.3 percent in July

Layoffs in manufacturing, construction and education helped push metro Atlanta’s jobless rate to 9.3 percent in July from 9.2 percent in June, the state labor department said Thursday.

The number of jobs in metro Atlanta dropped by 8,400 in July, partly because of 2,157 new layoffs in construction, education, manufacturing and administrative and support services.

The job picture has improved from a year ago when metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate hit 10.1 percent. There were 31,900 more jobs in July than in July 2011.

Still, metro Atlanta’s rate is now a full percentage point above the national unemployment rate of 8.3 percent.

In the core metro counties, Clayton posted the highest rate at 11.8 percent. It was followed by Fulton at 10.2 percent, DeKalb (9.6 percent), Cobb (8.6 percent) and Gwinnett (8.3 percent).

Statewide, metro Athens had the lowest area jobless rate at 7.4 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 12.5 percent.

Last week, the labor department reported that the state’s unemployment rate increased to 9.3 percent in July from 9 percent in June. The number of jobs in the state dropped by 17,900, or five-tenths of a percentage point.

13 comments Add your comment

Victor Hill

August 23rd, 2012
6:04 am

Change we can believe in…

Democratic Plantation Dweller

August 23rd, 2012
6:05 am

What happen to hope and change?


August 23rd, 2012
6:06 am

Let’s hope November changes this!


August 23rd, 2012
7:16 am

All the other states seem to be in recovery. I wonder why that is? Maybe Obama just has it out for Georgia? Or could it be the Republican legislature, governor, and ignorant voters?

Mark God

August 23rd, 2012
7:18 am

Let’s hope the Dem’s stay in office. This is caused by the bush buffoon and his gop bible thumping illiterates. Spent money on wars instead of re-training workers. Grow up.

Are you stupid?

August 23rd, 2012
7:30 am

What does Obama have to do with GEORGIA? Especially when other states around the country have lower unemployment rates than the national average? ‘

Why don’t you people blame the leadership in GEORGIA and why do you keep voting the buffoons that run this horrible state into office?!

No Scholar

August 23rd, 2012
8:20 am

Georgia’s economy prior to recession was very heavy in construction related jobs. Doesn’t matter if Dems or Republicans are in charge…it’s hard to make up for those lost construction jobs.

Butch Cassidy (I)

August 23rd, 2012
8:26 am

Geebus, Obama again? No wonder you people can’t get jobs. You can’t even hold the right individuals accountable for your states failure to deal with unemployment. Tell me, do you hate North Dakota too since they have aUE rate below 4%? Or, maybe you just think that Obama loves the Midwest more than the Southeast.


August 23rd, 2012
9:45 am

This mess has been years in the making, and not one person to blame! Career politicians are to blame, Saxby, Newt, Reed, Palosi etc! Obama stepped into sh*t and will not come out smelling like a rose! But he also spent the first 2 years concentrating on healthcare instead of concentrating on the economy!


August 23rd, 2012
9:55 am

No worries for us 1%ers.

My only worry is whether to drive the Mercedes or BMW to Whole Foods to pick up tenderloins for dinner at $29.99 a pound and whether to go with a French or California wine.


August 23rd, 2012
10:25 am

Health Care is 17% of the economy and the fastest rising. Slowing down the costs is the key to real deficit reduction.


August 23rd, 2012
12:14 pm

sho–the economy terrible, but I got my job back, with an obscene salary and pension! let me get hold of that money in my budget!!!!

–v. hill!

native atlantan

August 27th, 2012
5:32 pm

How sad is it that Clayton voters would ever put a pice of trash like v hill back in office. Didnt you learn about him once before?