Metro Atlanta’s jobless rate drops to 8.9 percent in August

Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate fell to 8.9 percent in August from 9.2 percent in July, but that wasn’t the only news worth considering to come out of the Georgia Department of Labor Thursday.

The size of the local labor force, the number of employed people here, and the number of jobs all increased last month from August 2011. As a result, the unemployment rate also fell a full percentage point over that time, from 9.9 percent.

While the importance of the July-to-August improvement can be downplayed _ much of it can be attributed to people leaving the workforce after the end of summer jobs _ the year over year gain is encouraging, Labor Department spokesman Sam Hall said.

The metro labor force declined by 23,505 from July to August.

“When you look at the one percent drop from August to August, we would place more importance on that than the month to month fluctuation,” he said.

The number of employed people in the metro area increased by 52,997 from August 2011 to August 2012. At the same time, the work force grew by 26,555 and the number of unemployed fell 26,442.

Unemployment rates can decline when there is little or no job growth if enough people leave the labor force. That wasn’t the case from August 2011 to August 2012.

The number of jobs in metro Atlanta grew by 29,400 in that time. Jobs are different than the number of employed people because some workers hold more than one job.

Among the core metro Atlanta counties, Clayton had the highest unemployment rate, 11.2 percent. Fulton was next with 9.9 percent, followed by DeKalb (9.4 percent), Cobb (8.1 percent) and Gwinnett (7.9 percent).

Georgia’s unemployment rate was 9.2 percent in August, unchanged from July. Georgia and metro Atlanta continue to have higher jobless rates than the national average, currently 8.1 percent.

32 comments Add your comment

Reebok

September 27th, 2012
7:51 am

Grindingly slow recovery, but that’s better than not recovering at all.

Let's Laugh

September 27th, 2012
8:23 am

Somehow, I new the numbers would get better before the election. Yeah, right.

what ??

September 27th, 2012
8:30 am

It’s ok, after Obama wins the re-election, our economy will begin it’s collapse, since he is so anti-business.

DontletRealityIntrude

September 27th, 2012
8:55 am

head in sand, facts arent facts if they dont fit your preconceived notions of how the world obviously must work and who the president obviously must be in your mind

DontletRealityIntrude

September 27th, 2012
8:57 am

Dear what, that cop that gave me a speeding ticket the other day was so anti-business. Didnt he realize i was on my way to work?

Money$$

September 27th, 2012
9:02 am

only 8.9% unemployment?? YES!!! The recession must be over and the economic plan in DC is now going strong!!! YES!!!! I may take out another mortgage and buy a huge TV and take a trip to the islands!!! YES!!! But, I need to find a job first.

Free Enterprise

September 27th, 2012
9:07 am

@Let’s Laugh….You’re so right, why are the numbers (jobs and housing) all of a sunden are drastically improving?

These numbers were false from the start because they don’t count the people who’s no longer getting unemployment. Therefore, the nations jobless rate is more like 20%, why are these clowns always trying to “pull the whool over our eyes”????

Optmistic View

September 27th, 2012
9:13 am

So if it is actually 8.9, why did they say it was unchanged at 9.2 a week earlier. It is because they are GOP lead and want to continue to paint a negative picture to support the narrative of a bleek recovery. Well it is not working and the president will be elected to another term and once the Dems take over the house, we will get the jobs bill passed and a more sharper incline to the recovery. Then with more people working and paying their fair share of taxes, we can then work on balanced budgets and paying down the deficit. This will pave the way for Hillary in 2016 so eat your heart out!.

Pardon the interruption

September 27th, 2012
9:21 am

The hard truth is that unemployment (no matter who is president) will likely remain around this number for a long time. Why? Because the jobs of the future are here NOW. We took our eye off of education (notice the spelling errors in the previous and subsequent posts) for the past 30 years, while China and India crank out 100,000+ new engineers and 25,000+ new physicians annually. But its political suicide to say we are an inept society. So we get duped and sidetracked with the real problems of this country, while our very financial coffers are being raided by foreign nations. We will continue to be a nation of average workers if our educational system does not get the overhaul that it needs at the primary and secondary levels. But hey, if you love attacking political pundits instead of focusing on the real issues…go right ahead!

ITP

September 27th, 2012
9:24 am

Well Clayton County is first in something….oh wait. Is this the same county that voted for a former sheriff who is now under indictment?

edinatlanta

September 27th, 2012
9:27 am

Hey Free Enterprise . . . One of the reasons unemployment is so high here is because there are so many morons like you who can’t put more than six words together without making a typo or grammatically incorrect phrase. It’s hard to take you seriously when you don’t know how to communicate effectively.

My company has added two people in the last 14 months; we now have a total staff of 16 people. The idiots that came in for interviews are a primary reason unemployment is so high. They can’t talk properly, they can’t complete a job application, they can’t dress in a professional manner.

These are the same “people who’s no longer getting unemployment” as you put it. They will never get jobs much above the poverty level because they are unwilling to improve themselves.

Kawanza2003

September 27th, 2012
9:37 am

Okay, Mr. edinatlant I do speak correctly and quite honestly I do dress nice. Also about the application whick i can complete and do have a resume Thanks you Sir.

Kawanza2003

September 27th, 2012
9:39 am

oh my mistake which I can complete.

AD

September 27th, 2012
9:49 am

“Pardon the Interruption” has made one of the very few intelligent postings I have seen on the AJC site in the recent past. Thank you for addressing issues that so many others either fail to see or do not wish to acknowledge.

Free Enterprise

September 27th, 2012
10:07 am

@edinatlanta….There is nothing wrong with my post…we’re not in Englinsh 101!!! Unfortunately, you have idiots like you in the work place that cling on to every typo/grammar error that you can find and bypass good canidates on the basis of a few misspelled words on their resume!!!

Thank God I’m not in the job market because I would probably be in jail if I had to deal with people like you. I have 12 houses that are fully rented that I picked up on the cheap at the many county foreclousure auctions over the years. Also, I’m proud to say I’m a high schood drop out and I’m doing waaayy better than some of you college educated yuppies who are struggling to find jobs or working for peanuts to pay back student loans.

Next time be careful who you criticize, that person just might be your beholder! Also, you have a boss, I don’t, and when you get laid off and your house goes into foreclosure I’ll be right there to pick it up for CHEAP!!…LOL

Reality Check

September 27th, 2012
11:06 am

Clayton still with very high unemployment? Hmmm, I thought all those guys I see walking down the side of the roads there with their pants hanging down were either on vacation or their lunch break.

Mary

September 27th, 2012
11:34 am

I am long term unemployed and employers will not even interview me although I am college educated and I have experience. I have even taken classes to upgrade my computer skills, but employers are very picky and turn thier noses up at the long term unemployed. I am hoping to get a job working retail this holiday season so I can show that I am not worthless.

[...] Metro Atlanta’s jobless rate drops to 8.9 percent in August- Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate fell to 8.9 percent in August from 9.2 percent in July, as the number of jobs increased and the work force decreased, the state labor department said Thursday. [...]

rojer

September 27th, 2012
3:30 pm

Ive added people too. Part timers and interns but they still get a check.

rojer

September 27th, 2012
3:42 pm

Despite the lagging job market there is opportunity out here. If nothing else, the stock market has boosted my outlook considerably. But housing is still a great opportunity in Atlanta. The pro-lender foreclosure laws will bring us out of this faster than other states. I see strong transaction volume forthcoming. Tons of people have been on the sidelines for years now and volume will snowball as those get back in the market. Even though there is more competition than this time last year, im strongly considering taking some of that dough out the market and buying a couple of properties.

Todd - Lawrenceville

September 27th, 2012
3:57 pm

So if many of you blame President Obama for high unemployment, you have to give President Obama credit this decline in unemployment.

Pamela

September 27th, 2012
4:05 pm

Mary just hang in there. Unfortunately it doesn’t matter if a person has a college degree or not. It’s hard out there. I was unemployed a couple of times and God has blessed me with a full-time job. Just hang in there an eventually someone will hire you. You are on the right track. Just continue to upgrade your computer skills and other skills and everything will work out for you. Also don’t forget to job search on weekends and holidays. That is the time most people don’t job search. Just keep your head up and every thing will work out for you. God Bless You. :)

argh man

September 27th, 2012
4:05 pm

If Obama is so anti-business why is my 401K booming and the DOW up 50% since he took office? And when he took office this nation had just shed 839,000 jobs. Seems to me that things are moving in the right direction. It will take more than 4 years to right this ship that was so terribly broken by Bush’s reckless spending.

Pamela

September 27th, 2012
4:07 pm

Another thing…the reason why the job market was really bad in the first place is because of people like Romney who bought companies and outsourced all of those jobs overseas. Plus 8 years of Bush is more than we needed. President Obama is doing a remarkable job and I will vote for him again in November. OBAMA 2012 :)

Yes

September 27th, 2012
4:09 pm

Great news, for those who aren’t eternally unhappy.

Unemployed

September 27th, 2012
4:34 pm

In this economy, one needs connections in order to obtain a job. I have 3 college degrees, including an MBA, and 7 years of experience in my field. And yet, no luck finding a job in Atlanta for the past 6 months. God save Obama!

John H.

September 27th, 2012
4:40 pm

A lot of those new jobs in our state are low paying , service jobs that wont feed a family. But its still good news that we are growing.

ThisThatnTheOther

September 27th, 2012
4:48 pm

That’s bad news for the Republicans. I am sure they hoping the unemployment rate would go up.

Stella

September 27th, 2012
4:52 pm

Its not better. Take the number of forced retirement, number out of unemployment not old enough to retire, number of people working a part time job who really are still looking for full time, take the students graduated who have never been on the list in the first place and the people who falsely went on disability because they are out of all other options and then the people who went on welfare and decided they liked it and would stay put. Put them all together and you have an unemployment rate of close to 23%. Now look at the jobs actually being used for these stats. Department stores and toy stores and gift shops are hiring because of the holidays. After the holidays those people will be back out of work. I just hate the way people actually fall for the fake numbers and think, WOW its over. No it won’t be over for a long long time because real jobs, manufacturing, services and contracted jobs are gone. Plants are shutting down, regulations are closing coal fired utility companies and coal mines, While our tax money is funding the CEO’s of places like Solyndra and their big brother companies. Don’t buy into the hype.

Read it like this if you will, Walmart has announced it will add 1500 jobs over the course of the month (7.75 per hour) to handle the holiday season. The next column all the way down at the bottom of the paper, Mills manufacturing has announced it will lay off 1500 workers (21.00 per hour) and the Sticko Coal Mine will be closing the end of the month laying off 800 workers (26.00 per hour) and AT&T has announced it will lay off 400 workers ( average 17.00 per hour). You see what I mean. What we are getting is low paying service jobs while we are losing livable wage jobs. It does not compute. Read a business newspaper and put it together. We are losing here. All Americans are losing her.

Stac

September 27th, 2012
4:58 pm

@Pamela, Romney did not outsource jobs. Do you even know what Bain Capital does? Romney invested in companies, gave them capital to work, made them profitable. Now Romney sold the company to someone else. That someone else took over and shut down some plants and yes he outsourced jobs from several companies. That was 5 years after Romney left Bain and that someone was also has ties to Obama. Let the kettle fall where it may but you are way wrong because you live and die by the liberal media. This by the way is public record. LOOK IT UP!

Let's Laugh

September 27th, 2012
7:42 pm

Let’s be real, you know Michael Vick real. God, I hate that m onkey because of what he stands for, blind devotion. A historical QB rating of low 80’s. This season a 66 and he’s on the verge of being benched. 2 playoff victories in 9 years, ok 8.

Anyway, I digress, Obama is a great speaker and just like World Trade 1, Ok City bombing, World Trade 2 were all apart of the natural plan, so is Obama and his kind becoming President. Wait, those are all tragedies. What the hell am I talking about.

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October 4th, 2012
10:20 am