Georgia’s jobless rate rises to 8.6 percent in December

Georgia’s unemployment rate rose to 8.6 percent in December from 8.5 percent in November, partly because of an increase in layoffs, the state labor department said Thursday.

“The unemployment rate ticked up slightly because of a combination of factors,” state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a statement. “We had a modest increase in new layoffs, along with a small job loss driven primarily by seasonal layoffs in education.”

Still, Butler added, “our economy has definitely improved in the past year.” In December 2011, the jobless rate was 9.4 percent.

But the job market remains challenging, with Georgia’s unemployment rate still considerably higher than the national rate of 7.8 percent.

The number of initial claims for unemployment insurance in Georgia increased by 7.4 percent from November to December. Most of the increase came in manufacturing, construction, wholesale trade, and administrative and support services. But the number of initial claims was down by 20.2 percent over the past  year.

The number of jobs decreased by 400 from November to December, totaling 3,985,800. It rose, however, by 1.8 percent compared with December 2011.

“In December, there were 362,800 manufacturing jobs in Georgia, which is the most since April 2009,” Gov. Nathan Deal said in a statement.

Georgia’s labor force — those working as well as those seeking work — grew by 4,159 in December to reach 4,804,459. That was the highest level since February 2009.

The number of long-term unemployed workers declined by 7,600 to 195,000 in December — its lowest level in 34 months. The long-term unemployed—those out of work for more than 26 weeks — make up 47.1 percent of those unemployed in Georgia, which is a historically high proportion.

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MUSTANG100

January 17th, 2013
7:02 am

This can’t be right! Back in October the recession was over and the economy was hunky-dory! The REAL number is this: of the workers who had a job in 2008, 16+% now don’t, 21+% for African Americans.

NOT a conspiracy theorist, but . . . .

January 17th, 2013
7:30 am

The economy is not better, hasn’t been since the Democrats seized power. Young people, welcome to the new normal, like your own reality horror show. Careers? Gone. Jobs? Menial. Prospect of hard work translating into propserity? No more. A bright future? Dim history from when free enterprise made the country work. Thank you, kids. You made this bed –and now you know what to do about it.

Looney Bin

January 17th, 2013
7:47 am

Hahaha, look at the babies blaming others for their mess. Democrats “seized power”? Gee, I thought they were legally elected. Plus not a lot of Democrats in Georgia, this state’s issues are entirely their own.

Butch Cassidy (I)

January 17th, 2013
7:59 am

My buddy down in Georgia has a job but was thinking of looking to change. He’s had 2 interviews with 2 different companies this week alone. He makes in the low 6 figures. Not exactly “menial”.

Butch Cassidy (I)

January 17th, 2013
8:00 am

Oh, by the way, He voted for Obama TWICE!!

mudfoot

January 17th, 2013
8:04 am

Enter your comments here

Road Scholar

January 17th, 2013
8:05 am

If Dems are the problem, why do many blue states have lower unemployment? Why do the southern red states have higher?

What not enough tax cuts for businesses? (We have been rated in the top 10 business friendly states for the past 10 years…before all these “specialty ” cuts!) Before blaming others….look within!

mudfoot

January 17th, 2013
8:06 am

That’s our “business-friendly” atmosphere at work! Less taxes, less regulation, less jobs – an immaculate business model and the record to prove it! F U blue states, have a gander and see what uncontested GOP rule can do for you!

Progress

January 17th, 2013
8:41 am

Thank you Georgia Republicans for continually high unemployment.

MT

January 17th, 2013
8:47 am

Thank you Georgia Republicans for continually high unemployment.

I guess Georgia Republicans are to blame or high unemployment elsewhere also?
NOT.

MT

January 17th, 2013
8:48 am

….for high unemployment..

Looney Bin

January 17th, 2013
8:53 am

No, MT, they are just responsible for unemployment here in Georgia. That’s what the article is about, you see, the state of Georgia. You’ll have to find a blog discussing things on a more national level if you’d like to whine about how the Democrats have ruined your life.

deegee

January 17th, 2013
9:05 am

The high unemployment rate represents the abysmal lack of skills among too many Georgians. There is plenty of job opportunity for those that have some marketable skills and who can work an 8 hour shift without stopping to text their friends and acquaintances every 30 seconds.

MT

January 17th, 2013
9:23 am

“Democrats have ruined”

Yep these are the key words.

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JH

January 17th, 2013
9:42 am

We had an opportunity last year to boost our economy but we voted down that 1 cent tax for infrastructure projects when will the south stop voiting against it’s own interest? What is the governor’s plan to spur job growth in this state?

JH

January 17th, 2013
9:55 am

In a state with so many poor but progressive whites,blacks and latinos and gays why is Georgia still voting republican? It is time to register and get out and vote away these do nothing republicans so we can reinvest in our people and economy.What we need is much more job training more investment in infrastructure programs better public transportation systems etc. All i see in this state is a cloud of despair hanging over people’s heads here.

Marlboro Man

January 17th, 2013
10:09 am

GA leaders have failed.

Kenman

January 17th, 2013
10:18 am

Our state govt, like our national govt, has not been serving us well lately. And we can’t do very well in an Obama led national govt. But don’t worry, HE will interupt his daily shennigans soon and make another speech and then you lemmings can get the thrill down the leg again.

Kenman

January 17th, 2013
10:20 am

Butch Cassidy… if your buddy voted twice for Obama, I don’t believe the rest!

i'm just saying

January 17th, 2013
11:02 am

@ DeeGee…I have many marketable skills and a college degree. Where are the jobs that you’re referring to?

CarD

January 17th, 2013
11:31 am

I have seen all my friends get good corporate jobs since graduating in these last few years.
Unemployment rate for the following:
Less than a high school education: 13%
Highschool only, no college: 8%
Bachelor’s degree or higher: 3.6%

You can see why Georgia has a problem. Stop blaming others for your shortcomings and do something about it. If you are whining about it online, I guarantee that’s not going to help you find a job.

Billy Pilgrim

January 17th, 2013
11:37 am

Continue to vote for the same out of touch clowns with the same worn out ideas and policies; blame the party out of power. Repeat.

Pete

January 17th, 2013
11:40 am

We need to quit blaming everybody else for our problems and face the fact that our GOP Governor and legislature are letting us down. Other states are doing much better, but guess what? They are not blaming “the Democrats” but are being proactive in doing something about their problems. For example, when our legislature cuts billions of dollars from education in the last few years in a state that is at the bottom in educational attainment already, that is not the way to improve our economy.

JH

January 17th, 2013
11:41 am

Tell the tea party lunatics in the US house of representatives to pass a jobs bill and stop trying to overturn obamacare, we don’t need less people with health coverage we need more people with jobs duh

JH

January 17th, 2013
11:50 am

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Has this state gone crazy? Vote out the Governor and the rest of these republicans that only care for their rich buddies and vote in some leaders that are in it for the average working stiff.

you can't fix stupid or Democrats

January 17th, 2013
11:54 am

JH
Tell all the democratics in the Senate to pass a budget its only been 4 years! We did not need Obama Care Socialism and stop spending money of free phones…..but all Bush’s fault right!

Butch Cassidy (I)

January 17th, 2013
11:57 am

Kenman – “if your buddy voted twice for Obama, I don’t believe the rest!”

Step out of the bubble Chief. I didn’t vote for him, but I assure you that he didn’t get re-elected on the poor vote alone.

DDH

January 17th, 2013
11:58 am

The rate is actually HIGHER. The DOL is denying legitimate claims in an effort to save money from the cash strapped State budget. Thousands of Georgians were denied claims when thier employers let them go for bogus / illegal reasons and the DOL is backing the employers simply to save CASH. Report the true numbers as these people are not counted in the unemployment numbers, but are still just as unemployed. The State DOL is in bed with the employers and covering up the real numbers.

Butch Cassidy (I)

January 17th, 2013
12:00 pm

DDH – “Thousands of Georgians were denied claims when thier employers let them go for bogus / illegal reasons and the DOL is backing the employers simply to save CASH.”

Just think of it as payback for all the years that the DOL was a rubber stamp of approval for every bogus claim filed by an employee.

Dwayne

January 17th, 2013
12:02 pm

I am all for people having health care, as long as I don’t have to pay for it. And I don’t care who is in office. Dem. or Rep. Also, I have worked at the same company for 30 years, we are numero UNO in what we do, right here in GA. I have seen over 100 young, fresh out of high school to 25 year olds, fired for not showing up on time, after numerous verbal then written warnings. I know that is just a drop in the bucket where I work, but I wonder if that is the same case with other companies. I only have a high school diploma. Life and work is what you make of it.

Finally employed again...barely

January 17th, 2013
12:07 pm

This doesn’t even account for those that are unemployed and don’t receive benefits at all. I’m sure the actual unemployment rate is MUCH higher. I just recently got a job again, after 10 months unemployed (with no pay). What do I get for it? A minimum wage job, for less than 20 hours a week. But it’s something. I don’t complain, I just do. The government isn’t going to fix it for me, they have proven that. It’s time to take your life into your own hands and fix it. Stop blaming others and take responsibility for yourself. Though I will say, for those that currently have a job, it’s much easier to get a different job, than for those unemployed. Companies get so many applications that they need an easy way to weed out a lot of people at once. What’s the best way to do that? Weed out the unemployed. It’s a numbers game, you have to keep trying or you have to know people.

JH

January 17th, 2013
12:11 pm

Actually it is Bush’s fault he spent us into a ditch with his wars with no end chasing boogeymen that obama finally caught and bush tanked the economy before he headed home to Texas without fixing any of it but his boy cheney sure made out with a nice profit from halliburton and if you weren’t so stupid you would know that obamacare is insurance for people through private insurance companies not socialism which is government run, but you would need to be able to read to understand any of this so go back into your idiot bubble and yell out things you heard someone else say without knowing what any of it means.

Dwayne

January 17th, 2013
12:23 pm

it was Jimmy Carter fault….i meant Thomas Jeffersons fault. ooops wrong again, it was Morgan Freemans fault when he played GOD in Bruce Almighty, or that other dude that played Prez. in Indepedance Day. Lets blame everyone else but me. Lets not take any responsibility for our own actions. I’m entitled to a little bit of what everyone else earns.

JH

January 17th, 2013
12:29 pm

lol @Dwayne actually it was Jefferson Davis’ fault he lost the war and now you have to pay for it all and boy am i glad

guest

January 17th, 2013
1:03 pm

Deal is a RINO he does not have any Republican in him

Jay

January 17th, 2013
1:15 pm

How’s that Real Deal workin’ out for ya?

you can't fix stupid or Democrats

January 17th, 2013
2:08 pm

JH
Obama care is a tax SC said so…They must be stupid also….which they are for upholding it. Just like Democrats to call names when they know nothing else to do or can’t face the truth.

DS

January 17th, 2013
3:47 pm

The financial/banking crisis brought the economy to a screeching halt, lots of people lost their job, so there was a lot less demand in the economy.

With corporate and individual incomes down, government tax receipts went down too, so they started running budget deficits.

Conservatives saw this as a great opportunity to slash government programs that they didn’t like, supposedly to balance the budget, but really just to kill the government safety net. They called it “austerity.” Notice there’s no mention of cutting the defense budget, though.

They knew that austerity would keep the economy sputtering along, delaying economic recovery, but they thought they could blame that on Obama and win the 2012 election.

This isn’t about economics — it’s all about politics. It’s a recession-of-choice forced by political strategists.

What we really need is economic stimulus to get some momentum back in the economy and get people back to work. With money in their pocket, people will start spending again. Corporate and individual incomes will rise, and so government tax receipts will start to pick up, easing the deficits.

bob

January 17th, 2013
4:33 pm

Thanks a lot, Obama!

Mitt

January 17th, 2013
4:48 pm

just be glad my dumbazz didnt win the election!

Keyshawn

January 17th, 2013
6:39 pm

I find it hard to believe that someone cannot find some kind of work after 26 weeks. It may not be what he had in the past. Or maybe, like seven-year unemployed Cousin Eddie “he’s holding out for a management position.” But folks there are help wanted signs and plenty of employers are hiring.

Saul Good

January 17th, 2013
7:10 pm

So much for all the “business friendly” policies in GA. Run by Republicans for a decade now, their tax incentives for big business have done NOTHING to create jobs. We have consistantly been behind the curve in job growth due to their policies. There is nobody else to blame. Obama you say? Most of the country has been recovering at a much better pace and has been several points ahead of us in job growth. Most bank failures, lowest SAT scores, low graduation rates, 4th worst foreclosuer rate (followed by states also run by republicans)…. it all ties into what republicans have promised but clearly… based on the numbers… have failed at on a grand level. When you vote republican you vote against your own best interests. You hurt yourself, your family, your neighborhood and your friends.

Mary

January 17th, 2013
8:55 pm

Are there any jobs hiring those who are over 40? I have applied for entry level and low wage jobs and cannot get an interview, or I get snubbed because I am not in my 20’s. I have a college degree and business experience, but that does not seem to matter to anyone. I have networked, gone to job fairs, had my resume reviewed, updated my computer skills, and it has been pointless.
Is anyone getting jobs other than the IT crowd?

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Splavistic

January 17th, 2013
10:36 pm

You people have to stop blaming Obama for your failures. Get off the couch, make some phone calls, use your network of friends/family, and MAKE SOME MORE MONEY! Take personal responsibility, and stop blaming the government. If there is anyone in the government it would be Nathan Deal. He is a powerful GOP governor who should have definitely made business friendly laws by now (by disregarding the workers and the environment). Nevertheless, it is up to each and every one of us to move on and up. No excuses.

Splavistic

January 17th, 2013
10:38 pm

Mary, your story is legion. I feel for you, but you can and should go into business for yourself. I’m sure you have some skill people will pay for. You just need to be a bit more creative and think positively.

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