Georgia’s jobless rate falls to 8.7 percent in October

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Strong job creation, partly fueled by holiday hiring, pushed down Georgia’s unemployment rate to 8.7 percent in October from 9 percent in September.

“The unemployment rate dropped because we had an increase of 36,000 new jobs, which is the largest September to October job increase ever,” state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a statement. “That job growth pushed the number of jobs in October to the highest level in any month since December of 2008.”

There were 3,971,700 jobs in October, up 0.9 percent from September.

The growth came in retail trade, up 8,000; education and health care, up 7,000; professional and business services, up 6,000; state and local public schools, up 5,000; leisure and hospitality, up 3,000; technology, up 2,400; construction, up 1,700; financial services, up 900; and manufacturing, up 700.

The jobless rate has dropped from 9.7 percent a year ago. But it still remains considerably higher than the national rate, currently 7.9 percent.

Georgia gained 68,000 jobs, or 1.7 percent, from October 2011. And the state’s total labor force, including those looking for work, climbed to 4,793,540 in October, up 0.4 percent from September.

“Our labor force has grown consistently over the past year, indicating that Georgians are more optimistic about finding a job,” Butler said.

On the negative side, the number of initial claims for unemployment benefits rose by 11,931 in October. But the number of claims is down by 4,370 from October 2011. Most of the October increase came in manufacturing, trade, administrative and support services, and construction.

The number of long-term unemployed workers declined for the sixth consecutive month, dropping 2,100 from September to 206,700 in October. The long-term unemployed—those out of work for more than 26 weeks—make up 49.4 percent of those unemployed in Georgia. That’s the lowest percentage in slightly more than two years, although still very high.

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Karl Marx

November 15th, 2012
6:27 am

Big uptick in retail due to seasonal jobs and a anemic 700 manufacturing jobs means were not out of the woods. Due to the health care law most lower income jobs are looking at only hiring part time to avoid penalties or providing insurance coverage. This report is nothing to get excited about.


November 15th, 2012
6:48 am

Our problems are over. Obama has solved everything.

Ha ha

November 15th, 2012
7:05 am

Show me an Obama supporter and I’ll show you someone who doesn’t understand any of these statistics. They just want free stuff. Morons.

Underemployed Reader

November 15th, 2012
7:07 am

How many jobs are seasonal/temp/part-time positions of less than twelve months? Additionally, how many applicants who were able to secure full-time positions are making the same salary in their last position or more?


November 15th, 2012
7:15 am

Ha ha, yes the cons really had a good understanding of the statistics leading up to the election. That’s why none of them were surprised at all by their trouncing. One thing I can’t understand, though, is why the most conservative red states are the ones with the most people who live on the government dole and the blue ones have the least people who do. Cause it’s the Dems who want free stuff, right? Moron.


November 15th, 2012
7:49 am

Good to be unemployed and a 1%er! .

I am conflicted.


November 15th, 2012
8:13 am

I want more free stuff. I only have a free cell phone, free health care, free section 8 housing, and free food stamps. Obama needs to provide be with some free beer and cigarettes. Unemployment is great…I certainly don’t want to work!


November 15th, 2012
8:37 am

Carl- If you’re unemployed and want more free stuff from the government, then you’re clearly a Republican, most likely a Tea Party affiliate:

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J Galt

November 15th, 2012
10:23 am

Guess it’s time to pony up for some transportation infrastructure.

JF McNamara

November 15th, 2012
10:34 am

Perhaps those 700 manufacturing jobs would be higher if all our manufacturing wasn’t done in China. Free trade is the reason we aren’t recovering faster. Unless Obama can convince businesses to spend 4 times as much to manufacture here, this is what we will have. Pubs don’t understand that their policies created and are continuing to exacerbate our problems. It ain’t healthcare.Every other first world country already has it and are fine.

Frederick Douglass

November 15th, 2012
10:40 am

Those 12 million jobs that Romney promised on his first day of taking office, must’ve packed up and headed back to China, India, Belize or whichever place on the globe he was going to get them from.

you can't fix stupid or Democrats

November 15th, 2012
11:19 am

With the stock market falling because of Obama. Well we are going to be just like western Europe broke and people taking to streets. Welcome to Liar Obama’s America.


November 15th, 2012
11:33 am

The Mitt jobs would have been created by investors knowing that they would not be taxed more for investing their money. Open your eyes and you can see what is happening now, less hours and not being full time equals no Omama care for investors to pay. Simple economics 101. I have 42 employees now and would have hired 24 more but now it’s not going to happen. I’ll just hang on to my money and take care of my 42. My employees avg. $80,000 a year and good benefits. Thanks to 0mamas policies.


November 15th, 2012
11:39 am

Bloomberg reports 23 trillion dollars in debt at end of Obama term. 1.3 trillion dollars just to pay the interest on the debt each year. Wow !


November 15th, 2012
12:14 pm

8.7% hahaha. I think I just fell off my couch laughing. You tools in the media fall for this jibberish. Does anyone go out there & actually talk to people? The actual rate is close to 15%. The economy is & has been in the tank for 4 to 5 years & it is only going to get worse. We are broke, out of money & continue to increase giveaways & entitlements. Just look across the POND. It is right in front of your eyes. We are becoming what Western Europe already is. Riots abound. You can’t take away free stuff from people once they are used to getting it. I hope all of you government centered voters are happy now.

Don't forget we are also attacking the job creators.

November 15th, 2012
12:32 pm

“We are broke, out of money & continue to increase giveaways & entitlements.”
-Don’t forget we are also attacking the job creators.

JF McNamara

November 15th, 2012
1:08 pm

LOL @ Reggie,

You’re not smart enough to be a business owner or even a good liar. You were going to increase your payroll by 50%, but an election changed your mind. Either you need to service your customer base or you don’t. Obama’s policies have obviously allowed your business to grow since you are thinking about hiring in the first place. Why would another term change that?

Secondly, no smart business owner grows their business that fast unless they get a large contract and need them to complete the bid. If you said that you were going to hire two, then maybe you at least have a good lie. What you said just sounds dumb.


November 15th, 2012
2:35 pm

They should not even mention the unemployment record during October, November and December. It is all seasonal help so a better view will be in February. Unemployment will not be lowered due to all the continued support to send jobs overseas. Obamacare will cut more jobs and we will be worse off than we are now in 4 years. Sad situation and no politicians will do the right thing. Close the borders, go to a Fair Tax so everyone pays, and raise taxes on companies.


November 15th, 2012
3:14 pm

JF McNamara, I’m a building contractor for over 25 years you idiot.

JF McNamara

November 15th, 2012
5:12 pm


So I’m supposed to believe that you have enough business right now to grow your business by 50%, but you are choosing not to and I’m the idiot? Last I checked, more business is more money for me. If things go sour later, I’ll deal with it then like any business person would.

You’re trying to predict the future. Everybody else is trying to make the max they can right now.


November 15th, 2012
5:17 pm

don’t worry about no job—barack promise free stuff from the government===let other people work and pay for yo stuff–for real


November 15th, 2012
6:58 pm

I don’t care what anyone says. Karl Marx is much funnier than Grouch, Chico, Harpo, or even Zeppo.


November 16th, 2012
10:11 am

You haters are just going to continue to hate. Get over it re-Pugs


November 16th, 2012
10:18 am

What’s the point of arguing about Obama? The election is over and he won. Arguing isn’t going to change anything. He’ll be out in 4 years then people can argue over the next President they don’t like…’s a cycle….geesh!!! I supported Obama and don’t get handouts or anything for free. People will always find something to complain about instead of coming together and try to find a way to fix things in this country. Have a great day all :)

Voice of Reason

November 20th, 2012
8:35 pm

I wonder if anyone will just accuse Deal of producing fake numbers to show unemployment improving the way they did the President.

Voice of Reason

November 20th, 2012
8:42 pm

hey Reggie … if

“jobs would have been created by investors knowing that they would not be taxed more for investing their money”

then why weren’t jobs created during the period of some of the lowest taxes in modern American history?

Because low taxes don’t produce jobs. A consumer base with money is what creates jobs. As a business owner myself, hiring an extra person is the last alternative. My tax rate doesn’t determine whether I hire someone or not. The number of customers and the amount of business I do determines if grow my company.

There isnt a beauty shop, or a coffee house, or a construction company out there saying “if only we paid less taxes we’d hire more people.” Nope, they are saying, if we do more business, if we get another contract, if we had more customers….

common sense man – not talking points