Georgia’s jobless rate stays at 9.2 percent in August

After two months of increases, Georgia’s unemployment rate remained at 9.2 percent from July to August, the state labor department said Thursday.

While there was an increase of 25,100 jobs in August, two-thirds came from employees returning to local schools following summer layoffs.

Still, state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said “the August-to-August growth in the last year is the most we’ve had since 2007.” A total of 49,700 jobs have been created in the past year, which has pushed down the unemployment rate from 9.9 percent.

Besides the returning education workers, there were increases in the health care and social assistance sector, which grew by 4,400 jobs from July to August. Professional and business services increased by 2,400 jobs; manufacturing by 1,600; trade, transportation, and warehousing by 1,500; and construction by 1,000.

The pace of new layoffs continues to slow, the labor department said. The number of initial claims for unemployment benefits dropped by 19.1 percent from July to August. Most of the decline in claims came in manufacturing and administrative and support services.

The number of long-term unemployed workers — those out of work for at least 27 weeks — decreased to 217,200 in August, down by 8,200 from July. The long-term unemployed now make up 49.4 percent of those unemployed in Georgia — the lowest percentage in almost two years, but still a very high proportion and above the national average.

Georgia’s jobless rate remains considerably higher than the national rate, currently 8.1 percent. The state’s unemployment rate in July was revised to 9.2 percent from a previous estimate of 9.3 percent.

48 comments Add your comment

Obama Supporter

September 20th, 2012
8:08 am

Let’s give it time…Obama’s plan is working.

He turns water into wine and is making America shine.

bob schultz

September 20th, 2012
8:11 am

Obama is the worst president yet.i mean come on man…..

Obama Supporter

September 20th, 2012
8:15 am

It you don’t suport and love our President, you are obviously a racist.

native atlantan

September 20th, 2012
8:20 am

Then I am a racist


September 20th, 2012
8:25 am

The rest of the country is in recovery. Some states have unemployment rates just above 5%. Housing is up all over the nation, even 30% in Phoenix and 15% in Miami. Do you really think Georgia’s woes are due to Obama’s policies? Or could there be another variable in play, like the policies of the local politicians (almost universally Republicans) whose influence is much more direct?


September 20th, 2012
8:29 am

Obama is the worst President ever. He even makes Jimmy Carter look good which takes some doing. Obama is a racist black man that hates white people. His father did nothing for him while his white mother and white grandmother raised him. But, he throws both of them under the bus. I don’t believe for one minute that Obama is a Christian nor do I believe that he was born in Hawaii. He goes to a church where his black pastor makes racist statements about white people. The major new networks give Obama a free pass and do not dare critize him because they know he will play the race card on them.


September 20th, 2012
8:33 am

There’s some serious irrational (and delusional) anger here. Take some blood pressure medication, get out of your recliner, use your walker to make your way back and forth up the driveway a couple of times and you’ll feel a little better.


September 20th, 2012
8:44 am

Please disregard anything I post … as I am a lap dog for the Democratic Party.


September 20th, 2012
8:46 am

We need to redistribute some more of the wealth.


September 20th, 2012
8:46 am

2 major issues caused the current economic depression.
1- the killing off of our manufacturing base
2-the destruction of our housing markets.

BOTH problems were caused in large part ( 80 %of Blame) on Demon cats.

Manufacturing was destroyed by low cost country imports from Mexico, India and China. This was allowed and activly promoted and increased thru World Trade Org memebership granted to China. Most Favored Nation trade membership China and NAFTA agreement with Mexicon. (remember how the idiot masses laughed at Ross Perot when he talked about ‘ the giant sucking sound?’) All Promoted and passed under Clinton.

Housing was was killed by people buying houses that had no credit worthiness. Community Reinvestment Act. Pressuring Banks to increase loans to ‘underserved’ people or the Gov’t would not allow banks to sell investment products, offer insurance products nor expand over state lines. This were all done under CLINTON. In fact he pressured Fannie Mae and Freddie Mack to lossen regulations, and garantee poor quality bank loans.


September 20th, 2012
8:54 am

You’re right Marvin, the recession and deficit explosion had nothing to do with the massive tax cuts of 2003 (much less money coming in) and two unpaid wars (much more money going out). You betcha!


September 20th, 2012
9:08 am

I have said this before; when the GA jobless rate goes down, the president’s supporters give him the credit, and when it goes up, the same group say that it is the fault of the GA GOP. Please make up your minds.

John Ellison

September 20th, 2012
9:17 am

I agree with Marvin. So why aren’t the republicans out there explaining to the masses what really caused the economic meltdown?


September 20th, 2012
9:28 am

Whirled Peas

September 20th, 2012
9:48 am

The business climate in the USA is not conducive to starting new businesses. Obamacare and Federal Regulations at every turn to start with and a government in Washington which sees businesses as fat cows whose wealth is to be confiscated and redistributed. Obama very much believes in redistributing wealth. If Obama leaves the Whitehouse at the end of the year, there will be a pickup in business activity almost immediately. But the trillions in national debt added by Obama will be a drag on our economy for decades to come. Romney is going to have a tough job.
Obama did not create this mess, but it was gotten worse under him.

what ??

September 20th, 2012
10:03 am

All of you need to get back to work, there are poor liberals who are depending on you to feed them.


September 20th, 2012
10:09 am

PBO has not turned things around, plus he chooses to be a polarizing figure, which he promised he would be the opposite of 4 years ago. People that vote for him are doing it for some irrational reason, ie, I hate conservatives, I hate successful people, I hate whites. People that support him do not do so because he has changed things, but in spite of it…


September 20th, 2012
10:25 am

Seriously, stop blaming Obama for this state’s woes because you elected all the officials in Georgia( mostly Repubs) and they control what happens in this state not Obama. Georgia offers tax breaks to companies, Georgia slashes spending in the state budgets and so does the counties. Georgia also layoffs state workers and Georgia companies are not trickling down the tax breaks. Corruption is everywhere–under the gold, in the Governors mansion and also present in the counties, see Gwinnett. Pull up your boot straps and take personal responsibilty for your state. The most Obama can do is send money to the state and counties to help budgets or hire more employess i.e teachers, cops or start state construction projects. Open your eyes and become more informed.

beltway insider

September 20th, 2012
10:29 am

If I ever need to feel a bit depressed, reading the comment section of any AJC political story (or, really, most articles in general) never disappoints.


September 20th, 2012
10:32 am


September 20th, 2012
10:25 am

No, we dont want to . We want to blame Obama. And when the jobless rate goes down, we are going to give credit to where credit is due, Nathan Deal and Mark Bulter.

Blaming Obama is so easy.

And y’all never mind that little ole’ fact that this state has had a higher unemployment rate than the national rate since July 2007. Just nevermind that.


September 20th, 2012
10:37 am

Beltway Inside: I couldn’t agree more.

Black American for Romney

September 20th, 2012
10:43 am

Progress, where are you getting your housing numbers from? Can you let us know?

Barry Obama

September 20th, 2012
10:47 am

Its clearly Bush’s fault.

Georgia is a “red” state, and typically votes the wrong way. Too many folks still clinging to their guns and religion, and not embracing hope and change. No wonder, its the home of Chick-fil-A.

Perhaps one day Georgia will join the other koolaid drinkers and take part in some shared sacrifice.

Forward !

no to pc

September 20th, 2012
10:53 am

And things will get no better with four more years of Obama’s anti-American policies. He and the other radical left wing socialists in the democratic party are taking this country in the absolutely wrong direction. Everything that made this country great will be wiped away and we will look like Greece in a few short years with riots in the street when there are not enough working Americans and the “rich” to soak in order to support those whose lives are completely dependent on the government.


September 20th, 2012
10:53 am

It’s good to be a 1%er. And yes, I pay my fair share bitches.


September 20th, 2012
10:54 am

The numbers don’t count the number of people forced off Unemployment benefits by the Law passed in February. All 3rd and 4th Tier extensions were canceled and those people are still mostly unemployed and not being counted.


September 20th, 2012
10:56 am

Why is it that the states with Republicans dominating state politics that seem to lag the others when it comes to employment, education and income across the USA? Think about it.


September 20th, 2012
10:59 am

Obama is polarizing? Did you not hear Romney’s little talk to his supporters? Who was that well groomed man dismissing half the country? It sure looked like Mitt was the one doing the dividing. Romney = Bush 2.

A Loyal Reader

September 20th, 2012
11:01 am

People, this report surrounds the unemployment rate IN GEORGIA. While you commenters may not be able to avoid partisan blame, you could at least reel it back to include state policymakers and job creators. Or do you even know who they are?

what ??

September 20th, 2012
11:03 am

Why do Dummyrats feel the need to dictate the people’s lives ? Why is it ok for Odummy to rub elbow’s with those elite 1% and no blame or accusations about his status, but when Romney does it, he is considered rich and out of touch with america ?? I bet none of you Odummy supporters can afford his 40K dinners… He even said Jay-z is a role model to our youth.. LOL I thug em, F%*$ em, leave em, Do not trust or need em, take em out the hood, keep em lookin good, I am a pimp in every since of the word, B%($*… do i need to continue, nah, all of you Liberals know the words LOL

Mick Dee

September 20th, 2012
11:04 am

United We Stand. Except for all you in the 47% who leech off taxpayers by collecting veterans benefits and Medicare.


September 20th, 2012
11:21 am

We need to have higher taxes to help the 47% that pay no taxes.


September 20th, 2012
11:25 am

We need to get more Americans WORKING and off the welfare rolls so they can start contributing and paying taxes.

The food stamp president has no solutions.

Its time for someone else to do the job, along with a congress & senate that will support him.


September 20th, 2012
11:28 am

Yeah, let’s make grandma pay taxes on her Social Security and that guy fighing in Afghanistan pay taxes on his combat pay. Let’s stick it to them! We can never expect them to take responsibility for their own lives. Oh yeah, and I really want to make the lady who fills my order at Burger King pay. I’m pretty sure she’s been holding out on us and could afford to pay a lot of her salary to the government.


September 20th, 2012
11:29 am

But… but… how can the jobless rate NOT go down? I mean, our governors and state legislature have been cutting taxes, giving tax incentives, even using state funds to buy land at inflated prices from businesses close to collapse (Purdue) or using state funds to build a special well for a single special business friend so he could lower costs.

All this helping business is supposed to create jobs. You mean it hasn’t?


September 20th, 2012
11:31 am

Oh and that lady who was hit by the wrong way driver and doesn’t have insurance and that girl who lost her limbs to the flesh eating bacteria – those people need to pay for their health costs by putting money jars out at the local quick-stops and cafes. They don’t need any health insurance. Every man for himself. That’s what I believe.


September 20th, 2012
11:32 am

We have to elect better representatives in this state, period. Stop electing based on R or D by their name, stop voting because of a single issue(make it 3 , just kidding). Extreme Austerity accomplishes nothing as well too many government programs are useless, so find a common ground. Ask your candidate about his vision for the city, county or state with details without talking points or general terms. We live in a complex society where it takes a broad range of solutions and or ideas that extends far beyond “vote for me to stop Obama” or ” I will extend unemployment”. Until we demand more from our elected officials in this state, we will contine to see headlines Georgia’s jobless rate stays at 9.2 percent in August


September 20th, 2012
11:37 am

Yella Dog Democrat

September 20th, 2012
11:51 am

We need to raise state income taxes, the gas tax and taxes on corporations.

That’ll surely attract new employers and create jobs.

argh man

September 20th, 2012
12:07 pm

Other States are seeing a recovery. Why not Georgia? Could it be OUR government? How many jobs has Deal created?


September 20th, 2012
12:23 pm

Progresso, it is ot the Repubs fault SS is as it is…

Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat, introduced the Social
Security (FICA) Program. He promised:

1.) That participation in the Program would be
Completely voluntary,

No longer Voluntary

2.) That the participants would only have to pay
1% of the first $1,400 of their annual
Incomes into the Program,

Now 4.2%, going back up to 6.2%, for employees and 6.2% for employeers, total 10.4% today.
on the first $110,100

3.) That the money the participants elected to put
into the Program would be deductible from
their income for tax purposes each year,

No longer tax deductible

4.) That the money the participants put into the
independent ‘Trust Fund’ rather than into the
general operating fund, and therefore, would
only be used to fund the Social Security
Retirement Program, and no other
Government program, and,

Under Johnson the money was moved to
The General Fund and Spent

5.) That the annuity payments to the retirees would never be taxed
as income.

Under Clinton & Gore
Up to 85% of your Social Security can be Taxed

Since many of us have paid into FICA for years and are
now receiving a Social Security check every month –
and then finding that we are getting taxed on 85% of
the money we paid to the Federal government to ‘put
away’ — you may be interested in the following:

———— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— —-

Q: Which Political Party took Social Security from the
independent ‘Trust Fund’ and put it into the
general fund so that Congress could spend it?

A: It was Lyndon Johnson and the democratically
controlled House and Senate.

———— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— –

Q: Which Political Party eliminated the income tax
deduction for Social Security (FICA) withholding?

A: The Democratic Party.

———— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— —–

Q: Which Political Party started taxing Social
Security annuities?

A: The Democratic Party, with Al Gore casting the
‘tie-breaking’ deciding vote as President of the
Senate, while he was Vice President of the US

———— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ——— -

Q: Which Political Party decided to start
giving annuity payments to immigrants?

A: That’s right!

Jimmy Carter and the Democratic Party.
Immigrants moved into this country, and at age 65,
began to receive Social Security payments! The
Democratic Party gave these payments to them,
even though they never paid a dime into it!

———— — ———— ——— —– ———— ——— ———

Then, after violating the original contract (FICA),
the Democrats turn around and tell you that the Republicans want
to take your Social Security away!

And the worst part about it is uninformed citizens believe it!


September 20th, 2012
12:27 pm

Let’s see how that breaks down among high school dropouts and college-educated. Also, how does that break down among single mothers and married couples?

Yella Dog Democrat

September 20th, 2012
12:56 pm


That’s we need to support Democrats and their ideals. More revenue through taxation equals prosperity !


September 20th, 2012
1:53 pm

I’m in the top 1% of the bottom 1%.


September 20th, 2012
5:24 pm


Al Gore

September 20th, 2012
6:20 pm

Republicans want to take away social security from our elderly; starve puppies; and put African Americans back into slavery !


September 22nd, 2012
12:22 pm

should I blame bush or the tea party for this terrible economy? it’s getting worse by the day!


September 24th, 2012
1:49 pm

In what may possibly the first time anyone has ever uttered this phrase out loud … look next door to Alabama and see what they are doing to attract jobs. They are bringing manufacturing in and hiring people. Does Georgia want to fall behind Alabama? Well at least there would still be Mississippi to out suck-us.