Georgia’s jobless rate falls to 8.5 percent in November — lowest level in nearly 4 years

Georgia’s unemployment rate fell to 8.5 percent in November from 8.7 percent in October to reach the lowest level in nearly four years, the state labor department said Thursday.

“Once again, the rate dropped because of continued job growth and fewer new layoffs,” state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a statement.

The number of jobs increased by 9,600 to hit 3,984,000 in November.

The monthly growth came primarily in trade, transportation, and warehousing — up 12,400 jobs; educational services — up 1,700; information services — up 1,600; local government — up 1,300; financial services — up 1,200; and manufacturing — up 600.

That overall job growth was strong enough to offset losses in other sectors. Construction was down by 4,000 jobs; leisure and hospitality fell 2,700; professional and business services dropped 2,100; and other services were down 1,100.

Georgia gained 61,900 jobs since November 2011 when the unemployment rate was 9.5 percent.

The last time the rate was down at 8.5 percent was in January 2009. While improving, Georgia’s jobless rate still trails the nation’s, currently 7.7 percent.

The number of initial claims for unemployment benefits declined in November to 47,351 — down 8 percent from October. This was the lowest number of claims for November in seven years.

Georgia’s total labor force — those working and those looking for work — continued to grow, reaching 4,800,345 in November — the highest level since February 2009.

There also was better news for the long-term unemployed — those out of work at least 27 weeks. The number of long-term jobless dropped by 4,100 to reach the lowest level in 32 months. They still make up 49.5 percent of all the jobless in Georgia, which remains a historically high level.

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December 20th, 2012
6:18 am

How many people left the work force and how many people have left the owrk force over the the last year?

Steve in Roswell

December 20th, 2012
6:35 am

This is good news! Which of course is bad news for the folks who predicted gloom and doom if Obama was re-elected…..


December 20th, 2012
6:53 am

The figures do not include people who are no longer on unemployment.
They do not include people who are now on disablity.
They do not include people who have retired early.
They do not include people who have left Georgia.
They do not include the undocumented and therefor uncounted workers.
They do include seasonal and temporary empoyment, and people who used to work full time but are now working part-time.

[...] Unemployment in Georgia dropped to the lowest rate its seen in four years, moving to 8.5% in November from 8.7% in October. [...]


December 20th, 2012
7:05 am

@gdfo….the same could have been said five, ten or fifteen years ago….so what’s your point? The national average is down and has been dropping for several months. What would you or others be saying had Mr Romney been elected?


December 20th, 2012
7:07 am

It dropped because the President got reelected…they were trying to force him out and it didn’t happen. Its going to get much lower!!!! Do what you do best Mr. President–lead!


December 20th, 2012
7:44 am

All I have to say, is if you think this president is going to change this country for the better, you are BLIND! I am neither for nor against either party as I tend to vote on who I think is best to run this country, and I will certainly say that the past 12yrs, not a single person running in my opinion was the right person. Not too mention Congress and Senate folks are a bunch of bumbling idiots that need to be removed ASAP! I am sick of them playing with the American people’s lives, and that’s all they are doing. It’s almost like their are playing the old board game “Life”, but in real time.


December 20th, 2012
7:47 am

You Obama philes make me laugh.

It's Bush's fault

December 20th, 2012
7:52 am

just think how low it would be in Georgia if these Republicans didn’t have a stranglehold on the state’s political machine.

It’ll take two terms for President Obama to clean up Bush’s mess and restor order and prosperity.

[...] Georgia’s jobless rate falls to 8.5 percent in November — lowest level in nearly 4 years [...]

Stay outta da Bush's

December 20th, 2012
8:01 am

Republicans are already foisting Jeb Bush in 2016. If elected he’ll get us back in Iraq, or start a war somewhere else, just like his brother & father before him.

On the national level the Republicans are finished. Nobody is buying their lame ideas and phony morals anymore.


December 20th, 2012
8:04 am

It does not tell you about people who applied and was denied because they did not make enough money and was 2-5 dollars short and unemployment denied them. Or then when they file an appeal their told you did not file in the right quarter. Georgia is playing a lot of games and I pray it gets to the federal goverment.


December 20th, 2012
8:10 am

It’s OBAMA’S fault……………………………..Gosh, you guys are smart.

It is his fault……………………….I am waiting on the next problem you have with him.


December 20th, 2012
8:14 am

I do not believe these numbers and I would like to know what method was used to obtain these stats.
It is still difficult to find a job in this market.


December 20th, 2012
8:15 am

Fell sound like sonmething great hpaapened.. the economy is growing by leaps and bounds, I think i will go buy something…but wait….what is behind the many actual “New” jobs were created and waht were those jobs – seasonal for Christmas?? The economy is still in a cuagmire and the Barry and group are doing nothing to help but spend money. Time for soem deep thought in the media rather than opne liners with no substance nor rel research. One lines only – Tax the rich, gun control, it was a video, and on and on..but the government Educated polulation has no thought sad! Merry Christmas


December 20th, 2012
8:17 am

Rate was up, they blamed Obama(although the gov is republican)……rate is down, I think Deal will get credit for this one

Albany Dog

December 20th, 2012
8:19 am



December 20th, 2012
8:26 am

The work force in Georgia has increased over the last year by 64,934, growing from 4,735,411 in November 2001 to 4,800,345 in November 2012. A growiing labor force is a positive for Georgia’s economy.

Native Atlantan

December 20th, 2012
8:29 am

If these numbers make you feel warm and fuzzy, I have some property for sale down in the Okeefenokee Swamp Im sure you will be interested in buying also.


December 20th, 2012
8:35 am

gdfo correctly points out that when calculating the unemployment rate, both the numerator AND the denominator matter.

To those of you with third-grade-style comments, you won’t understand even this–so go back to sleep.

Barry Obama, community organizer

December 20th, 2012
8:36 am

Unemployment is down. Gas prices are down. Stock market is up. We’re finally out of Iraq and soon we’ll be out of Afghanistan.

You Republicans need to turn off Neal Boortz, Rush & Fox News and enjoy the harvest of my first term, and anticipate what I have planned for you in my second term !

Real Estate Agent

December 20th, 2012
8:40 am

for all of you that think that the president’s reelection is the reason the unemployment rate is going down, I’ve got a nice piece of waterfront property to show you.

Real American

December 20th, 2012
8:42 am

Dear gdfo,

still mad huh?


President Barack Obama

Jed Clampat

December 20th, 2012
8:42 am

The people that believe the unemployment problem is getting better are either ignorant or smoking something. I know people that have been on unemployment for 2 years and are now not counted because their benefits have expired. Many if they could retired early did or attempted to received social security disability. The real unemployment number is over 14%, by the BLS not 7.9%. Now because of Obamacare, there will be a surge of part-time workers and temporary agencies will boom. The workforce has shrunk yet we keep adding people to the population by births. It doesn’t take a person with a college degree to see through this bull. Yet Obama supporters are yelling his policies are working. Demokratic fools.

Obama has spent over 1 Trillion is stimulus and all failed because he is an economic ignorant black liberal theology charlatan, fraud, fake, fool.


December 20th, 2012
8:43 am

“This is good news! Which of course is bad news for the folks who predicted gloom and doom if Obama was re-elected…..”

Great news for republican controlled Georgia. I guess their state level policies are getting Georgia back on the right track.

Jed Clampat

December 20th, 2012
8:46 am

By the way, I asked employers about their job posting which they had for over 1 year and was told uncertainty with taxes, Obamacare and the this president’s policies was the reason they were not hiring. The new job market, part-time = fulltime work under this man.


December 20th, 2012
8:46 am

Can we blame Obama for this?

Henry Stamm

December 20th, 2012
8:50 am

Due to despite obama’s horrendous socialistic economy disaster!

nate from detroit

December 20th, 2012
8:52 am

Did any of you see the idiot…I mean commander in chief yesterday when a reporter asked him where he has been for the last 4 years on the gun control issue? Obama curtly responded that for the last 4 yrs he had been president trying to turn around the worst economy since the Great Depression. If our present economy is his idea of “turning around the economy” then I believe we have seen all of his economic accumen that we need to see.


December 20th, 2012
8:55 am

“Due to despite obama’s horrendous socialistic economy disaster!”

I hope that English is not your first language.

Middle Class American

December 20th, 2012
8:56 am

If my taxes go up on January 1st I will never vote Republican again !


December 20th, 2012
8:57 am

Great form, Nate.

Hurl insults at people with whom you disagree. It’s really time to get over the shock that Obama was handily reelected. I suppose it’s not much consolation to you, but many of us do see the economy improving. Personally, I’ve done rather well through the financial meltdown. Perhaps my yearly pay increases are not what I’d like them to be, but I am fortunate to be employed.

Franklin Raines

December 20th, 2012
8:58 am

For all the black supporters of Obama, the unemployment in your community is so bad, Maxine Waters said if Obama had been white, they would have marched on Washington because economic problems and unemployment is so bad. Even Cornell West is on a tour on how bad Obama’s economy is. These are your leaders people, you have been duped by a lying **&*&^^!!!

Barry Obama, community organizer

December 20th, 2012
8:59 am

These Republicans that cling to their guns and religion will soon see the light !

They need to become part of the solution, and not the problem.

Unemployed Georgian

December 20th, 2012
9:01 am

Where do I get one of those Obama phones I keep hearing about?


December 20th, 2012
9:02 am

Thanks Frank,

You know, because Maxine Waters and Cornell West speak for the entire black community. Unemployment in the black community has generally always been higher than the whole unemployment rate. What’s your point?

Real American

December 20th, 2012
9:10 am

Franklin Raines your concern is duly noted.



December 20th, 2012
9:12 am

Yes, the unemployment rate is “really” 14%. Just like the numbers leading up to the election were “really” skewed and Romney was going to win the popular vote along with Ohio, and Florida, and Virginia, and Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, and… Because the Republicans know what the “real” numbers are.

And I’m sure all of you Tea Party folks know someone who has been out of work for two years and that “proves” that the economy can’t possibly be getting better (a sample of one, N = 1).

This is why nobody listens to your whining and temper tantrums anymore. You’ve shown over and over again that you’re ignorant of how to process data, how to identify the best sources of information, and you’ve lost touch with reality.

Tap Out

December 20th, 2012
9:17 am

……inspite of republicans.


December 20th, 2012
9:23 am

You know what I want to know? And I want an honest answer here! Why the hell has this country gotten so divided by the “F’ing” party lines? Our fore fathers are probably rolling over in their graves right now. We have become so “PARTY” specific instead of working on fixing this country. WHY? Do we need another war between the states, but this time it’s going to be the GOP verse the DEM’s. Come on people, use your brains for once and get over all this party crap and get to making this country what it used to be.

Blah! Blah!! Blah!!!

December 20th, 2012
9:28 am

It hurts to admit it, but individuals such as Jed Clampat are right, while the numbers seem to be better in comparison to this time three-four years ago, we should wait to see what these numbers look like after the holiday season ends, because this is when the Seasonal Workers and people who may have held part-time employment during this time period may end as well. Every year, the Government always makes a big deal about how the “jobless rate” has fallen, but they only hold into account these numbers during the seasonal work times. I can (unfortunately) think of quite a few people who will once again be out of work come the end of January or beginning of February.

And oh yeah, gas prices always fall somewhat during the cold months, (not to mention that an election has just passed….) less demand for clean air gasoline, etc. We will see what happens with these $3.04 gas prices soon…. we have seen this before…. but hey, let’s enjoy this ride while it is here.


December 20th, 2012
9:30 am

From Politico: “The problem is that we don’t have enough humans out there to vote for us,” said GOP strategist Ed Rogers, who lists himself among those who believed Romney was going to win up until the eleventh hour. “There is a new model and it is no longer just about white swing voters — we’ve obviously maxed out there. We need to change the message and we need to do better at selling our message.”


December 20th, 2012
9:30 am

JDC, a reading of history will show that the country has always had a partisan divide. The first evidence is the division over the role and size of government (Federalists versus Antifederalists). In the lead up to the Civil War, one senator beat another senator with a cane!

The idea that in previous times everyone held hands and sang “Cumbaya” is more wishful thinking than anything else. Though, I would look at the election in 1994 that brought the likes of Newt Gingrich into prominence. Even prior to that, going back to Nixon’s southern strategy. To some extent, both sides are to blame. But I think the modern GOP has done far more to advance the chasm than the Democrats have.


December 20th, 2012
9:31 am

I wonder if Mr. Butler has any comment on the Channel 2 news story about filing the proper paperwork for more funds for vocational rehab. The proper paperwork hasnt been filed in the last two years. Maybe those people who are seeking disability or have receive disability would have started working if Mr. Butler had filed the proper paperwork.

Before anyone flies off the handle about people on disablity or wonders about the real ” unemployment numbers”, maybe they should do a little research first.

Butch Cassidy (I)

December 20th, 2012
9:36 am

Lisa – “Georgia is playing a lot of games and I pray it gets to the federal goverment.”

You meant the federal government that Georgia owes $725,000,000 in borrowed unemployment funds to? Yeah, I’m sure they really want Georgia to start bending the rules just so more people can get benefits.

Butch Cassidy (I)

December 20th, 2012
9:39 am

Jed Clampett – “I know people that have been on unemployment for 2 years and are now not counted because their benefits have expired.”

2 years? What a bunch of moochers. Why aren’t they busy pulling on those bootstraps that the Republicans love so much. Personal responsibility my friend. Let me guess, they all voted for Romney.


December 20th, 2012
9:54 am

The unemployment rate is also calculated by the number of people applying for jobs. It’s not just determined by the number of people collecting unemployment benefits. Also, employers are interviewing and hiring, in spite of what an earlier writer wrote. I have been informed by recruiters that demand is up so much at their businesses, that they are being forced to hire. They are looking for candidates now to begin hiring in 2013 when their new budgets come out. It’s not about politics, as has been claimed.

For those who have no clue what is like to be interviewing for a job, politics is not the only reason why people are not getting hired in the last quarter of 2012. Hiring managers have been unprofessional in their interviewing process. They are turning up to the interview late, by 40 minutes, rescheduling the interview for the next day, and then not being there for it. Another example is scheduling an interview, rescheduling due to unexpected conflicts, and still not showing for the interview. One final example is having a great interview, needing a second interview, but turning the candidate down because the person is available to interview four days out of five. Interviewers want candidates to be available for interviews during all business hours, which means the person needs to be unemployed, yet they want the candidate to have a job. Very unrealistic.

So before you go off about politics, there are many reasons why people are having a difficult time finding meaningful employment.


December 20th, 2012
9:59 am

I thought Georgia businesses were going to lay off their employees in droves if Obama got reelected?

Obama Supporter

December 20th, 2012
10:15 am

If there were so many people actually out of work (14% according to Republicans) why did the President get re-elected so overwhelmingly? It was not even close !

Too much Boortz, Rush, Hannity & Fox News apparently has fogged the brains of the Tea Partying Republicans.

Conservatism is dead in America.

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