Georgia’s jobless rate falls to 9 percent in September

Georgia’s unemployment rate fell to 9 percent in September from 9.2 percent in August as fewer employers laid off workers.

“The unemployment rate dropped in September because Georgia had the fewest new claims for unemployment insurance benefits in five years, since before the start of the Great Recession,” state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a statement.

The number of initial claims in September declined to 39,564, down 6,161 from August and the fewest since September 2007. Most of the decline came in administrative and support services, retail trade, health care and social assistance, educational services, and accommodations and food services.

The state did lose 400 jobs from August to September. But it has gained 61,800 jobs since September 2011, when the unemployment rate was 9.8 percent.

Over the past year, the growth sectors were professional and business services — up 23,500; trade, transportation and warehousing — up 23,100; education and health care — up 13,000; leisure and hospitality — up 9,100; manufacturing — up 8,700; and technology — up 1,100.

Butler highlighted the improvement in the state’s manufacturing industry in his statement.

“Last month’s gain in manufacturing jobs was the largest over-the-month gain that we’ve seen for this time period since 1994,” he said. The number of manufacturing jobs from August to September grew by 1,900.

Another positive sign was the growth in Georgia’s labor force. It rose by 18,126 from August to total 4,777,977 in September.

The number of long-term unemployed workers — those jobless for at least 27 weeks — declined for the fifth consecutive month. It dropped 8,400 from August to total 208,800 in September — the fewest since March 2010. While still a major problem, the long-term unemployed now make up 48.6 percent of those out of work in Georgia — the lowest percentage in two years.

The state’s jobless rate remains considerably above the national rate, currently 7.8 percent.

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October 18th, 2012
8:34 am

Thank you, Mr. Obama!

Whirled Peas

October 18th, 2012
8:39 am

If we don’t get the debt under control soon, none of this will matter.


October 18th, 2012
9:10 am

Long term unemployment claims fell because they are off the books. Been out of work so long they aren’t kept up with. Mr. Obama. Where are the jobs…………


October 18th, 2012
9:15 am

Thank you President Obama… :)


October 18th, 2012
9:16 am

9%, just a satistic that can be manipulated. Bet the real number is much higher. Thank you Mr Obama


October 18th, 2012
9:23 am

I guess if we cut taxes to zero the job creators can finally create some jobs…

Road Scholar

October 18th, 2012
9:40 am

Decaturboy: I wonder what the people who have given up looking are doing to improve their market value, and improve their job skills, or are they just mooching off others?


October 18th, 2012
10:00 am

I like how everyone blames Obama for our states unemployment. Might want to want to look at the republican leadership in this state as well. Just sayin.

Odum Barkley

October 18th, 2012
10:04 am

Unemployment rates are determined by surveying a mere 60,000 households. These figures are entirely meaningless. I cannot tell you how many people I know who have been looking for a job for months (even years, now). Anyone who praises Obama everytime the rate takes a tiny step downward and miss the big picture have been victims of the brain snatchers. Actually, they do tend to act like robots herded this way and that.


October 18th, 2012
10:16 am

Let’s quit counting the unemployed and then it will be zero!


October 18th, 2012
10:24 am

It’s BS that people who give up looking for a job, or roll off unemployment benefits no longer count as ‘unemployed’. That goes for whoever is in office. The only accurate statistic is percentage of the US’s employment age population that is working. That number has fallen under this administration to the lowest level since the great depression. As someone said previiously, all the other numbers can be manipulated too easily by whichever party is in office.

Perfect example of twisting statistics to tell a story was yesterday’s AJC headline that ‘Atlanta has the second most affordable housing’. Does anyone see how this is an extreme case of looking on the bright side? Only houses in Detroit are cheaper than those in Atlanta …. and this is a good thing????


October 18th, 2012
10:33 am

You guys better wise up. There’s a balance between Fed and State govt. As long as Deal is in office, we’ll be in worse shape than having President Obama in office. (And please show respect to the office by using President Obama. You just show your ignorance.)


October 18th, 2012
10:35 am

Excuse me, Gov. Deal.


October 18th, 2012
10:40 am

Before anyone starts praising/bashing Obama, please understand the Feds have minimal impact in this state and please refer to your elected officals of this state. check out the ajc series


October 18th, 2012
10:45 am

“While still a major problem, the long-term unemployed now make up 48.6 percent of those out of work in Georgia — the lowest percentage in two years.”

Anyone trying to spin that “48.6″ of people still looking for work is a positive is avoiding the truth or blind. Of those new jobs created, I bet quite a big percentage are lower wage, part time or temp jobs with no benefits, insurance or 401k’s and so on, being filled by former full time workers taking the only oportunities they can find. Oh, but it’s something…..whatever….


October 18th, 2012
11:23 am

Obviously this not an accurate figure. The people that have given up looking for a job and have come off of unemployment would push that number up into the %11-%12 range I’m sure. You Obama supporters keep telling yourself that things are getting better then come see me in 4 more years if, God help us, he is re-elected. The government can push numbers anyway THEY see fit, on both sides!!!

What Jobs

October 18th, 2012
11:26 am

Pat, I didn’t put him in office so he is Obama to me, or Barrack Hussein Obama, you know, the Muslim!!! With the money grubbing wife.


October 18th, 2012
11:27 am

Thank you Pat! Our State officials are at fault! I do fault Gov. Deal! still can’t comprehend how he was elected?

Too funny

October 18th, 2012
11:30 am

Jobless rate goes down in the state – Obama supporters give him the credit
Jobless rate goes up in the state – Obama supporters blame the GA GOP
Wow! Talk about having your cake…yadda yadda yadda


October 18th, 2012
11:30 am

Thank God ! What Jobs you did not put him in office, you can’y spell his name! Get over yourself already! The devil is already defeated!( You )


October 18th, 2012
11:31 am

I am long term unemployed and I have only found holiday retail work. I have education, skills, but interviews are hard to get. I quit believing the numbers a long time ago because it does nothing but upset me.

Mr. Thomas Anthony Jones, SR

October 18th, 2012
11:33 am

president Barack Hussein Obama’s policies are working.


October 18th, 2012
11:36 am

Pam – just speaking truth. Thanks.

What Jobs – I didn’t put Pres. Bush in office, but I still respected the office. Anything less is anarchy. What’s scarier than socialism, anarchy.


October 18th, 2012
11:38 am

What Jobs- Is Ann Romney money grubbing b/c she doesn’t work and is living off of Mitt?

Real American

October 18th, 2012
11:41 am

who are all these people that have “given up” that you that keep writing about them are referring too? Are you simply making them up because Rush told you too?


October 18th, 2012
11:45 am

Mary -Sorry to hear.

What’s not being talked about at all in the media is why women amid minorities are out of work. Hmmm…were they first on the list? Seems if trey were qualified, there would be a proportionate number out of work. We aren’t talking about companies purposefully overworking an d underpaying straff. The “economy ” is an excuse for bosses to abuse. They can hire, but why if the market is in their favor?


October 18th, 2012
11:47 am

Women ” and” minorities. Dang autocorrect.


October 18th, 2012
11:51 am

How convenient… right before the elections. NO MO O.


October 18th, 2012
12:26 pm

“SEASONAL EMPLOYMENT” as in “HOLIDAY RETAIL WORK” — this corrupt state cooks the books and we all know it– UNEMPLOLYMENT RATES won’t go down until President Romney is in office

Don't get me started

October 18th, 2012
12:41 pm

Doesn’t Mitt want to turn all control back over to the states?? Hasn’t JawGA been under teabags control the last ten years?? So who do you think is “cooking the books” for JawGA’s employment numbers??


October 18th, 2012
12:49 pm

Instead of helping to create jobs in the city of Atlanta our Mayor is travelling to promote the President!! He has been on CNN and interviewed by Pierce Morgan!! UH?? Mr. Mayor come home your city is falling of a cliff.


October 18th, 2012
12:56 pm

You seem to laud the numbers when they show Mitt or a GOP being favored in any poll or chart anywhere always and boast about how they (vis a vis you) are right.

However, if something that can give praise to a Dem or worse yet the President, you guys cry all sorts of fowl and raise all sorts of conspiracy theories.

Seriously. It’s a joke. Like your candidate.


October 18th, 2012
1:04 pm

What’s sad is that democrats say unemployment has dropped to 9% and actually think that means Obama is doing a good job. If things were good, our unemployment rate should be 4 – 5%. Just like in our public schools, we have lowered the expectation of what is acceptable.


October 18th, 2012
1:13 pm

The media needs to learn to be more accurate with their statistics. When the unemployment rate drops it is not ONLY because people are losing their jobs. After you have exhausted all of your State and Federal unemployment you drop off the list! And therefore are no longer considered in the statistics! If you truly think the economy is improving I suggest you take a ride through the homeless areas in Atlanta. I recently go lost in the area and I promise you it quite an eye opener!!! And this was just in downtown Atlanta.


October 18th, 2012
1:18 pm

That 9.2 meant a few of us on that fourth tier of unemployment are getting some help for a few weeks. Not planning a hot party but I will make some creditors happy and I wont sleep in my car for awhile. However, I would rather be working.

I am just like Stuart...

October 18th, 2012
1:47 pm

…in that I just got re-instated for the 4th Tier benefits, too, fro 10 more weeks (after not having anything for the past 6 weeks). So, while I am now “back on the books” as part of the 9%, and am also considered part of the “47%”, I will still vote for Mitt –

And, I have a 36 year work history, advanced degrees, and a world of experience that employers in my field profess to want. However, I am also 60 years old, and once prospective employers learn that it is “don’t call us, we will call you” after the interview is completed. Fortunately, I save well and am not in fear of losing my home or anything else, except my sanity, which is not your problem, I know…

Keepin' it REAL

October 18th, 2012
2:07 pm

All yall swinging on the nutz of this candidate or that candidate. SMH. The key information of the article is this.. “The number of initial claims in September declined to 39,564, down 6,161 from August and the fewest since September 2007.” and this… “The state did lose 400 jobs from August to September”. Take that information and smoke on it, regardless of how you feel. Itshay is still bad, but it has gotten better.. AND THAT IS KEEPIN IT REAL!


October 18th, 2012
2:17 pm

I love how its all Obama fault. Did everyone forget when the massive job cuts began?? Do they not remember paying for 2 wars?? If the government didn’t help millions of people during this recession then what?? Sure we would have a smaller debt to pay, but we would have a much larger population of people living on the street right now. It would have been much worse. Now things are turning the corner, we have had positive job numbers for many many months. People want a quick fix from all the crap that was going on?? Good luck with that. We will get into the same mess all over again.

Roger at the Mountain

October 18th, 2012
2:19 pm

I certainly like the way Goernor (Lets Make A) Deal took credit for creating 700 Home Depot jobs. But overall I think the whole ceremony was to divert attention away from the new stadium he wants tax payers to subsise for the Falcons. I don’t care how many temporary jobs will be created building the new stadium, and most likely tearing down the Georgia Dome, tax payers can’t afford it.
We need real private sector jobs, not subsidised feel good government programs.


October 18th, 2012
2:39 pm

They send out letters on Form “DOL-435C” saying that;

“A question has arisen regarding your unemployment insurance claim. It must be resolved so that we may determine if you are still eligible to continue to receive benefits.

This cannot be handled by telephone.

You should call the Georgia Department of Labor office at which your claim is on file and schedule an appointment to discuss this matter in person. In doing so, please state clearly that you received a DOL-435C letter.

You should contact the office within 5 days of the date of this letter. Failure to do so may result in interruption and possible loss of benefits.”

Well, 5 days? The letter was printed on Oct 5th, envelope post marked Oct. 10th, and I didn’t received it until Oct. 12th.

Tried calling them, at first the line was busy for over an hour, then when I got through, it rang for 18 minutes before I gave up.

I have gone there twice, to be told that I could have called to schedule an appointment.

Still not resolved, but maybe a reason that unemployment has dropped in GA, when it has risen nationally!


October 18th, 2012
2:48 pm

Funny how when President Obama took office, the people who aren’t counted is a big issue but when President Bush and everyone before him, no one mentioned this. The number is what the number is. Still too high but didn’t get in this mess overnight and can’t fix it in 4 years with the way Washington has been so divided the last 4 years.


October 18th, 2012
2:52 pm

Oh my god NUMBERS? And STATISTICS? Must be rigged by Democrats am I right fellas???

Biased Title

October 18th, 2012
3:23 pm

Great example of bias in journalism. Title should read “Georgia Unemployment Still at 9%”. Or, how about “GA Unemployment Still At a Soul Crushing 9%”.


October 18th, 2012
3:25 pm

Oh the hate! It’s not the President that should be bringing jobs solely to Georgia but your Republican Governor. He is part responsible too. Actually all government officials are responsible for job creation. Stop looking at the President to fix Georgia problems. Remember this is a red state, so why are you are complaining?


October 18th, 2012
3:30 pm

Actually I don’t think neither party can rig the employment numbers…. I tend to read the political facts before I assume something like this. It is sad when improvement comes, whether it is high or low people are never satisfied. Maybe if people would read the facts they would have a better understanding…


October 18th, 2012
5:16 pm

Mary, I’m sorry to hear that. I was in the same boat – I had to quit my job because we moved too far for me to commute and was unable to find a job in our new town. So what did I do after 6 months of looking while working minimum wage job online from home? I went back to school, got a nursing degree, found a job immediately. Gotta learn to be flexible.

Bob Walters

October 19th, 2012
12:37 am

That’s right Peas, we need to get our house in fiscal order NOW! Be prepared for some pain, but in the end, the strong will prevail. The US will regain its luster, but only if you vote for Romney/Ryan. They are the pair that won’t flinch when it comes to hard decisions about cutting spending that most of the unemployed slackers have become addicted to.

Tea Party 2012 – Romney/Ryan – No Pain, No Gain!!!


October 19th, 2012
12:28 pm

Uhh….Bob, I got news for you. We’ve been a Red State for a while now. The decisions that REALLY affect Georgians every day come from Republicans. I keep hearing about how the States doing the best are Republican States. Well, why isn’t Georgia. It’s simple. Our Republican-led State Government is failing us.


October 24th, 2012
1:22 am

Ga is doing bad because our republican leadership has not done a good job. We Ga citizens need to address this and stop blaming the federal government. We need to do more to attract companies to the state that are looking for our type of workers, plus we need to start changing our focus from a agricultural state to a technology state. This means doing better with our educational standards and focusing on our colleges and who and what we turn out. Some good junior technology schools would be a plus.