Metro Atlanta’s jobless rate drops to 8.4 percent in September

Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate fell substantially in September, to 8.4 percent from a revised 8.8 percent in August, as fewer workers were laid off and more were hired, the state labor department said Thursday.

There were 4,446 fewer layoffs in manufacturing, construction, trade, administrative and support services, and accommodations and food services, the labor department said. Also, 31,606 more people were employed.

The jobless rate has declined significantly from a year ago when it was 9.7 percent.

In the core metro counties, Clayton had the highest unemployment rate — 10.5 percent. Fulton was next with 9.2 percent, followed by DeKalb (8.9 percent), Cobb (7.7 percent) and Gwinnett (7.4 percent).

Statewide, metro Athens continued to have the lowest area jobless rate at 6.4 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 11.2 percent.

Last week, the labor department said Georgia’s unemployment rate declined to 9 percent in September from 9.2 percent in August. The jobless rate was 9.8 percent in September a year ago.

While the state lost 400 jobs from August to September, it gained 61,800 jobs since September, 2011.

The jobless rates in the state and metro Atlanta are still considerably higher than the national rate, currently 7.8 percent.

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Road Scholar

October 25th, 2012
7:20 am

There go the Demos again lying about unemployment….wait…it’s the state’s numbers…a state led by repubs! It must be President Obama’s fault!


October 25th, 2012
7:21 am

Bull! How many workers that were employed in 2008 now aren’t, that’s your TRUE unemployment rate. Nationwide it’s over 15%, for African Americans, over 21%!!!!!!!
“The economy, stupid”. James Carvell, while managing Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign in 1992


October 25th, 2012
7:23 am

Yes, all of problems are over. Obama is our savior.

Butch Cassidy (I)

October 25th, 2012
7:34 am

Progress – “Yes, all of problems are over. Obama is our savior.”

Glad you like him, looks like your going to be stuck with him for another 4 years.

Allie F.

October 25th, 2012
7:41 am

Total BS….there ARE NOT any jobs, you just keep dropping the “long term” unemployed as they are no longer on benefits. Shame. More lies and pandering to get Obama re-elected. And if he is, it will be the final nail in our economic coffin. America will be dead.

In the Tank

October 25th, 2012
7:57 am

Count the people who said F it and are at home with no work……bet that number is a little higher…..but dont let the facts get in the way of a good story so close to the election, Obamaites.

Butch Cassidy (I)

October 25th, 2012
8:00 am

Allie F. “And if he is, it will be the final nail in our economic coffin. America will be dead.”

When are your parents coming for you?

Get Real People

October 25th, 2012
8:17 am

All the people I know who were unemployed have jobs now (good ones). I work in Recruiting and we have plenty of jobs as well. So this no jobs out there theory is out the door. Now if you just can’t get a job because you don’t have the right skill set, then you may need a personal career development make over!


October 25th, 2012
8:20 am

President Obama is leading from his behind.


October 25th, 2012
8:42 am

Obama lied.
4 Americans died.


October 25th, 2012
9:26 am

There are some really bitter and ignorant people on here….so, this must be America!!!


October 25th, 2012
9:35 am

yeah i got a job… making less than half of what i made before. i’m thankful to be working at all, but those numbers don’t tell the whole story about what has happened to employment in this country.


October 25th, 2012
9:45 am

Well of course blame the Obama and the Dems, because you won’t get off your lazy @ss and get a job. It’s evident that someone is finding work. Repubs complaining as usual.


October 25th, 2012
12:04 pm

I found a retail xmas job for min wage, but it’s only temporary. I am still struggling for interviews for a fulltime perm job, so this news does not tell the whole story of employment.

Get Real People

October 25th, 2012
12:21 pm

Mary and to the other naysayers, there are jobs out there so that isn’t the issue at all. ,, Careerbuilder,com All of these sites have plenty job postings. Now if you can’t seem to land the right job, then it may be time to start figuring out what you can do differently to stand out. Have someone look at your resume, do mock interviews to find out what you maybe doing wrong.

Its just a thought!


October 25th, 2012
1:00 pm

I use indeed, monster and careerbuilder. I had fake job offers from scammers (careerbuilder). I have had my resume reviewed, I have networked. The job postings are mostly for IT and sales, and some are fake. I do not have an aggressive sales personality. I don’t think you have actually looked at these job postings-many are very specialized. Every company has different requirements, so training for these is nearly impossible. Part of the problem is that companies are very picky, refuse to train people who may have some of the other qualifications or who demonstrate an ability to learn and adapt.
It has been a very frustrating and demeaning experience. Getting an interview is near impossible. It’s great that other people have found jobs, but it’s still bad out there.

America's Back

October 25th, 2012
2:09 pm

“How’s that hope and change workin’ out for ya?”

Pretty darn well. Thank you, Mr. Obama.


October 25th, 2012
2:15 pm

That Atlanta region was hit a little harder than most because for the past 20 years the main growth industry was … growth, and all of the design and construction that came along with it. So when the housing demand stopped, with it went Atlanta’s largest employment sector.
Other regions with slightly more diversified economies were also hit hard, but had other areas to fall back on that were still in demand, and started recovering more swiftly. Atlanta is recovering as well. However, since so many of the regions unemployed were related to design, construction, logistics, and services related to growth, the regional economy is taking longer to reabsorb them.
In the mean time, there has been a push to get a more diversified economic base in the region, and it’s starting to show with these numbers. Biotech, film, financial services, and logistics firms have been expanding here the whole time.
All that was meant to say is that the people who lost jobs here but want to stay here simply may not get that job back any time soon, if ever. Adapting skills is required now more than in recent history, and it looks like that will be the case for the foreseeable future. And unfortunately, when one crosses into a different career path, it often does come at salary costs because you are essentially starting over again (while broadening your experience base for your future).
But go ahead, complain that it’s a bad thing and because you can’t get the exact job at the exact salary back from a previous economic model that all is lost.

[...] Metro Atlanta’s jobless rate drops to 8.4 percent in September – Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate fell substantially in September, to 8.4 percent from a revised 8.8 percent in August, as fewer workers were laid off and more were hired, the state labor department said Thursday. [...]


October 25th, 2012
3:11 pm

Just want to add that I have an open mind to starting over and I have applied to different kinds of jobs, industries, and I do not expect to get tip top salary-I try to be as realistic as possible. I just wish that employers were more open minded as well.


October 25th, 2012
8:49 pm

Mary, I agree with you. All I get from Careerbuilder are scams: the most common are the ones that encourage me to buy their “franchise.” I have been out of work for almost 2 years and I am starting to look at the janitorial positions even though I have a college degree. My company was bought out and most of my “references” are long gone.


October 26th, 2012
9:50 am

Marty and Deborah, I totally agree. I am 59+ and lost my professional job when company moved out of state over a year ago. I have applied to several jobs every week, in many areas, most at half or less than my previous salary. I also network, volunteer and do contract work when available. I do not get unemployment because my severance was too generous. I’ll have to start dipping into my hard-earned retirement savings soon. This new unemployment rate does NOT tell the whole story.


October 29th, 2012
11:39 am

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