Atlanta’s great collapse — and no, it’s not the Braves

I hate to bring this up on the morning after the Braves completed their monumental collapse, but ….

From Dan Chapman at the AJC:

“The Atlanta region lost more jobs the last year than any other metro area, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday, further evidence that the post-recessionary slump here shows little sign of abating.

Metro Atlanta shed 30,800 jobs since August 2010. Kansas City — 12,800 positions erased — was the closest competitor in job-losses. Nearly all of Atlanta’s peer metro areas added at least some jobs amid the slow economic recovery.”

… “Out of almost 400 metropolitan areas, we’re dead last and nobody is competing with us for that distinction,” said Chris Cunningham, a BLS statistician in Atlanta. “It’s pretty bad and it has been the same story for the last two, three years.”

I don’t get it.

You mean that a strategy of cutting taxes lower and lower, of refusing to spend money to modernize the transportation system that made you prosperous in the first place, of slashing state support for k-12 and higher education year after year, of kowtowing to developers and other businesses at the expense of quality of life for those who actually live here, of largely ignoring the needs of your state’s largest metro area — you mean that doesn’t work?

After all that, this is what we get?

– Jay Bookman

709 comments Add your comment

Butch Cassidy

September 29th, 2011
8:14 am

Hey, don’t forget the 15 billion allotted by the “evil” and “incompetent” government that the state has been slurrping up.

Butch Cassidy

September 29th, 2011
8:14 am

Oh, FIRST!:)

TaxPayer

September 29th, 2011
8:17 am

It takes time for that Republican philosophy to start showing some positive results. :lol:

Logic 88

September 29th, 2011
8:17 am

More change we can believe in…

Granny Godzilla

September 29th, 2011
8:18 am

We’re Number Last!

We’re Number Last!

Granny Godzilla

September 29th, 2011
8:19 am

(Do they make a giant foam finger for “we’re number last”? And what would it look like?)

Steve - USA

September 29th, 2011
8:21 am

Maybe you should stop electing Democratic Mayors.

Butch Cassidy

September 29th, 2011
8:21 am

Logic 88 – “More change we can believe in…

Wow, only 5 posts in and already an Obamaism that is completely unrelated to the topic. nicely done Logic **.

Mick

September 29th, 2011
8:21 am

Howdy you’ll, from your kissin cousins down here in florida. The dolphins and hurricanes are real stinkers this year, so we have that in common, plus a republican legislature and the worst gov. in the US, rick “the disaster” scott. His campaign slogan was that he would create 700k new jobs, but unfortunately he’s losing more than ever. He has been helped in that many of the unemployed have given up and are no longer counted in the stats. Yes, florida, georgia, alabama, mississippi are all charter members of gooberstan, we all vote republican and keeping sliding further downhill for the effort…

carlosgvv

September 29th, 2011
8:21 am

The Republican Party is totally dedicated to the wants, needs and wishes of Big Business and cares little, if any, for the needs of the people. Through clever progaganda tactics, they have managed to fool the majority of their electorate into thinking that the enemy is big Govt.and Obama in particular. Since Georgia is usually last on the list when it comes to what is good for the people, don’t be supprised that Georgia’s Republican voters are especially gullible and will believe anything their politicians tell them. Don’t look for Republican supporters, especially in Georgia, to get any smarter in the foreseeable future.

Don't Tread

September 29th, 2011
8:22 am

Yeah, none of that stuff you mentioned creates jobs. But tax hikes do!

Thought I’d get that out of the way early.

Mudfoot

September 29th, 2011
8:23 am

Ah the benefits of the stellar stewardship of our republican leaders. Let us bask in the glory and piles of money that will soon drop at everyone’s doorstep.

Seriously, the scary part is the fact that we as a region/state will undoubtedly continue along this path since we voters will indeed “stay the course”.

St Simons - we're on Island time

September 29th, 2011
8:24 am

well mon, we just need to sprinkle some more of that supply side jesus free market glorah on it, and the entrepeneurial spirit will just trickle down on all of us, dontcha know.

Strawman

September 29th, 2011
8:24 am

“You mean that a strategy of cutting taxes lower and lower, of refusing to spend money to modernize the transportation system that made you prosperous in the first place, of slashing state support for k-12 and higher education year after year, of kowtowing to developers and other businesses at the expense of quality of life for those who actually live here, of largely ignoring the needs of your state’s largest metro area — you mean that doesn’t work?”

Before one asks this question or jumps to the conclusion you have, Jay, it might be appropriate to have some analysis of this trend. What kind of jobs have been lost and why? Construction? Manufacturing? Service? Financial? I wonder what percentage of those losses are related to the housing slump. As you know, some of the suburban counties like Cobb and Gwinnett went on a unbridled expansionist binge – overdeveloping residential areas and glutting the market with houses and townhomes. The resultant contraction has been pronounced.

ty webb

September 29th, 2011
8:25 am

“You mean that a strategy of cutting taxes lower and lower, of refusing to spend money to modernize the transportation system that made you prosperous in the first place, of slashing state support for k-12 and higher education year after year, of kowtowing to developers and other businesses at the expense of quality of life for those who actually live here, of largely ignoring the needs of your state’s largest metro area — you mean that doesn’t work?”

well jay, you’ve convinced me… the State of Georgia needs to take more money from taxpayers…

Party in Charge

September 29th, 2011
8:26 am

The party that has been in charge of this state (REPUBLICAN) for the last eight plus years is to blame! No it is not President Obama’s fault! Guess what, it will NOT get any better because EVERY state administrative elected office is now Republican. Way to go Georgia!!

Jay

September 29th, 2011
8:26 am

If that kind of remark makes you feel better, Steve, I suppose that’s fine. But since the numbers in question are for the metropolitan region as a whole — the 28-county metro region — it really doesn’t do much to get at the real issues confronting us, now does it.

(ir)Rational

September 29th, 2011
8:27 am

I’m sure it doesn’t have anything to do with crime in Atlanta. That wouldn’t be blaming the right people. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be mugged when they walk down the street to their home after leaving class? Or who wouldn’t want to not be able to go into certain neighborhoods after dark because you might not come out again until the coroner comes and gets you? But I’m just being a bigot, and showing my fear for the city (which I happen to live in) and things like that.

Don’t Tread – They’re hoping that if they repeat a lie often enough, it will be believed. It seems to be working, cause a startling number of people seem to believe it.

Steve - USA

September 29th, 2011
8:28 am

Stawman@8:24

That would make to much sense, of course the agenda was met so why look further?

Butch Cassidy

September 29th, 2011
8:30 am

(ir)Rational – “I’m sure it doesn’t have anything to do with crime in Atlanta.”

You’re right, it doesn’t. As mentioned in the full article and by Jay above, it reflects the 28 counties that make up the region. Or, is your argument that all 28 counties are designated crime zones where residents fear to tread?

(ir)Rational

September 29th, 2011
8:30 am

Working in the housing industry, I can vouch for the fact that there isn’t a lot going on right now. What is, is either really small, or taking a long time to get started. People just aren’t wanting to build. I know contractors that have been surviving for the last couple of years doing maintenance on houses. And by maintenance, I mean changing light bulbs and mowing. This is fine, it gets the one guy working, but it doesn’t support the entire company.

(ir)Rational

September 29th, 2011
8:31 am

Thanks for clearing that up for me Butch. :roll:

Steve - USA

September 29th, 2011
8:31 am

That Metro Atanta was one of the housing markets in the US and it collapsed so the Metro area would likely be one of the worst hit? No…you’re right. I bet the job loss is due to not spending enough on K-12.

If it makes you feel better go with that.

Granny Godzilla

September 29th, 2011
8:32 am

ATLANTA (AP) – New FBI statistics show that violent crime and killings are down in Georgia, mirroring a national trend.

Nationwide, the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports released this week show that violent crime dropped 6 percent in 2010, marking the fourth straight year-to-year decline.

In Georgia, there were 39,072 violent crimes in 2010 compared to 42,073 the previous year, which represents a 7 percent decline.

There were 558 murders and nonnegligent manslaughters in Georgia in 2010, compared with 566 the previous year.

Property crime was also down nationally for the eighth straight year, falling 2.7 percent, the FBI said, referring to crimes reported to authorities.

Property crime in Georgia fell 2.3 percent.

probably not crime

mm

September 29th, 2011
8:33 am

The republicans continue to show that their policies are best in the race to the bottom.

Steve - USA

September 29th, 2011
8:33 am

I meant to write “hottest” housing market.

J W C

September 29th, 2011
8:34 am

Gooberstan….exactly and totally descriptive of Georgia. Never have so many done so little for so few for no other reason than to prove ignorance of their own collective self interest. So very Republican….it’ll taste bad when you vote, but at least you won’t be a part of the solution. Gooberesque indeed.

(ir)Rational

September 29th, 2011
8:37 am

I wonder how many people left the state in that time period? And I don’t care what the statistics show, there is a perception that parts of Atlanta are dangerous. I realize that statistically crime is going down, but it is also going up in certain areas. Does anyone believe the muggings at GA State and GT really helped the image of Atlanta in the least? What about the rapists hanging out in the dorm buildings? No matter what the statistics show, that is what people are going to remember. I think it would be pretty hard to convince my employees to move to a city where that is all you hear about. Sure, you could move to North Fulton or Forsyth or Cobb or somewhere that is perceived to be safer, but then you’re putting yourself an hour plus from Hartsfield. That isn’t doing anyone any good.

Jay

September 29th, 2011
8:38 am

Strawman, those are legitimate points. Here’s how I’d respond;

1.) The job-loss numbers in question date back only to August of 2010. By August 2010, three years into the housing slump, the construction collapse had already washed itself through the system, more or less. These are fresh job losses.

2.) Other metro regions suffered similar and in some cases much worse housing collapses. But as the story documents, they’re doing better and we’re doing much worse.

3.) If you look more deeply into the numbers, as you suggest, you’ll find that the current job deterioration actually extends well back into the previous decade, but was disguised from view by the housing boom you note. We weren’t creating many non-housing jobs, we weren’t creating many well-paying jobs. But few people noticed in the Gold Rush then underway.

ty webb

September 29th, 2011
8:38 am

so that’s settled…lower taxes = lower crime. Or atleast when using bookman logic, it does

jm

September 29th, 2011
8:39 am

Atlanta is not GA.

In case you didn’t notice the City of Atlanta is run by a Democrat, and the other counties are a mixed bag.

The issue for the city is water that is too expensive, property taxes that are too high and messed up, and a less than stellar public school system. Dekalb has even worse schools.

As for the suburban counties, they have their own issues (gridlock).

Gator Joe

September 29th, 2011
8:40 am

Jay,
I wonder how much of the stimulus money was returned, or refused, by the state of GA, or the municipalities here in GA, probably not much, if any. In traveling the state of Ga (mostly in the central and southern part), I see plenty of roads in disrepair. Yet, State and local politicians (mostly Republicans) boast of cutting budgets and keeping taxes low, so why not boast of keeping unemployment high, and wages low? They are responsible for the latter two as well.
PS
The Right will predictably blame the following:
President Obama, Democrats, Liberals, Undocumented Aliens, Welfare Recipients, Blacks, Hispanics, the Poor

(ir)Rational

September 29th, 2011
8:42 am

Jay – Not disputing your research, just wanting to add one thing. Working in the housing market, it seemed for a while about a year an a half ago that things were getting better. For a little while anyway, then everything sorta dried up towards the middle to end of last year. They’re picking up a bit now, but most of the stuff I’ve worked on, and most of what the other architects I know are working on is out of town.

Jay

September 29th, 2011
8:42 am

(ir)Rational, again, these are numbers for the 28-county metro region, not downtown Atlanta, and no, they cannot be explained by an outbreak of crime around Georgia Tech. Such stories are common in every major metropolitan region in the entire world. Despite what you might believe from watching the evening news, the crime rate here is no worse and in many ways better than in many other metro areas that are kicking our collective butt.

In fact, I’d argue that the tendency to look for the kind of explanation you’ve offered helps to explain why we haven’t been able to unite around common strategies and move forward.

jm

September 29th, 2011
8:47 am

http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/surveymost

GA is doing ok. Atlanta is the problem.

(ir)Rational

September 29th, 2011
8:47 am

Jay – I’m talking about the perception. I haven’t heard many national news stories about college kids getting robbed in a major metro area on a nightly basis except when talking about GT and GSU. It doesn’t speak well to Atlanta as an entire metro area (especially because it has been my experience that people outside of Georgia don’t separate the metro area from the actual city) when that is the type of national news you’re making. Once again, just talking about perception.

Butch Cassidy

September 29th, 2011
8:48 am

Careful Jay, you might get the rolling eyes from (ir).

(ir)Rational

September 29th, 2011
8:48 am

Dang-in jm, you crashed their site.

Jay

September 29th, 2011
8:50 am

jm, join the chorus in trying to pin this on the failures of the inner city. That’s exactly the kind of mindset that created this problem in the first place. It’s “them” not “us” at fault.

In fact, I’d wager that if the state and region had reinvested in its transportation system at the pace that the city of Atlanta has invested in expanding its prime asset, Hartsfield/Jackson airport, we’d be in a lot better shape than we are.

mike "hussein" smith

September 29th, 2011
8:50 am

I heard on the TV the other night that the Georgia Republicans think there is a nasty old tax cut still on the books that is sending jobs to neighboring jobs and short-changing our own state. If this tax is so nefarious, why didn’t they start with it first when they began slashing taxes on big corporations? So, maybe, just maybe, if our legislators will also slash that tax, corporations will come here because they realize the General Assembly is fully ready and willing to roll over and play dead.

Granny Godzilla

September 29th, 2011
8:51 am

Ir

I don’t remember seeing GT and GSU crime on National news –
only local…

It is a local topic afterall.

mike "hussein" smith

September 29th, 2011
8:51 am

correction: I heard on the TV the other night that the Georgia Republicans think there is a nasty old tax cut still on the books that is sending jobs to neighboring states and short-changing our own. If this tax is so nefarious, why didn’t the GOP start with it first when they began slashing taxes on big corporations? So, maybe, just maybe, if our legislators will also slash that tax, corporations will come here because they realize the General Assembly is fully ready and willing to roll over and play dead.

getalife

September 29th, 2011
8:51 am

I tried to tell them that outsourcing all the jobs would not end well..

jm

September 29th, 2011
8:51 am

Savannah’s added jobs. Athens has added jobs.

Must be an Atlanta problem, not a GA problem.

(ir)Rational

September 29th, 2011
8:52 am

Jay – and that’s not what you’re doing yourself? Or am I missing something?

(ir)Rational

September 29th, 2011
8:54 am

GG – I was talking with people from other parts of the country that hadn’t even been here and they were asking me about it. Out of town family also, but like I said, there is a perception about Atlanta, from my limited experience, that isn’t great.

jm

September 29th, 2011
8:54 am

Jay 8:50 – I’m not pinning it on “the inner city”

I said the burbs have their own set of problems. Some have good schools some have bad. They all have bad road infrastructure. ATL’s tapped out. Water, roads, look elsewhere for growth. ATL is going to be in neutral for possibly a good long time.

I can tell you the FL folks are taking a much more deliberate approach to making FL grow and are succeeding, than the GA people are.

Tommy Maddox

September 29th, 2011
8:54 am

I would think it is housing/lending related. If those fools who relaxed lending qualifications had not been giving out millions of loans to anyone with a pulse, then this calamity would not have occurred. Couple this with the bright idea of bundling all of these loans and turning them into securities for everyone to invest in – then you wind up with what we have.

And guess what: the Republicans in the Georgia State House did not have much to do with that. It was a little further up the food chain.

Mudfoot

September 29th, 2011
8:55 am

“so that’s settled…lower taxes = lower crime. Or atleast when using bookman logic, it does”

and lower job creation, lower wages, deteriorating infrastructure, expanding salary gap, less educated constituents, fewer police and fire personnel, less compensation for the unemployed, etc, etc. You’re catching on TY

ty webb

September 29th, 2011
8:56 am

Irrational,
you forgot jay’s golden rule…”do as libs say, not as libs do.”

Thomas

September 29th, 2011
8:57 am

Jay- one part education and one part why in the hell did the City allow new bld construction with so much inventory in the 100-900 blocks of P’tree? As always- need a plan and execution of the plan

getalife

September 29th, 2011
8:58 am

You know, most people that get demolished in debate time after time after time show some humility and go away.

Not these cons.

They are consistently wrong so I will give them that.

Good little liberal

September 29th, 2011
8:58 am

So if job loss is local, apparently the responsibility of the state government and not the fed, then why are all you libs whining that Congress needs to pass Obama’s job bill?

You guys need to get your story straight, that is if you even hope to gain anything more than a platform for clever Republican put downs.

Union

September 29th, 2011
8:58 am

could it be.. the govt doesnt create jobs as much as they would like to think? maybe its the private sector that does it? although the govt can stifle job growth through more regulations.. but for the life of me i cannot imagine what the govt could have done to scare businesses from hiring the last few years.. thoughts? anyone?

(ir)Rational

September 29th, 2011
9:00 am

GLL and Union – Naw, that can’t be it. The government does everything better, and the federal government is the bestest of all the restest.

Steve P.

September 29th, 2011
9:00 am

Georgians deserve what there getting. Even today they are to stupid to realize that if you raised the GAS tax you could build roads, bridges, subways and the other transportation projects that Atlanta so desperately needs and create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the process. And best of all create a better city with good transportation. But noooooo…. we have the tea party crowd screaming no new taxes, so Atlanta dies a slow death. How bad is it going to have to get before people realize the republican way is killing us.

Granny Godzilla

September 29th, 2011
9:00 am

jm

“Savannah unemployment rate increased to 9.5 percent in August. That’s up two-tenth of a percentage point from July”

WSAV 9/22/11

Per Dept of Labor
Athens unemployment rate 7.8 % for July and August,
down from 8.3 % for June

50% accurate

Tommy Maddox

September 29th, 2011
9:01 am

“could it be.. the govt doesnt create jobs as much as they would like to think?”

You hit that one square on the head!

Good little liberal

September 29th, 2011
9:01 am

Sorry. I mis-spoke in that last post. It’s not local. That would be the Democrats that have ran Atlanta, the city in question. It’s the STATE government. In other words, no matter how much Democrats screw things up, there will always be Republicans to blame.

getalife

September 29th, 2011
9:02 am

Did your State gop come out with their own job plan or are they like the rest of the gop and did nothing?

Physics

September 29th, 2011
9:02 am

Everything starts at the top (Governor) and rolls down hill (Mayors)

Jay

September 29th, 2011
9:03 am

“GA is doing ok. Atlanta is the problem.”

jm, stop making stuff up to suit your sentiments.

Of the 14 statistical metro areas in Georgia, 11 have jobless rates higher than the national average and six, including Atlanta, have rates above 10 percent.

Rome’s is 11.4 percent; Dalton is 12.1 percent; Albany is 10.8 percent.

The two regions with the lowest jobless rate — Athens and Warner Robins — have a strong government payroll in the form of UGA and the military.

Source: http://www.dol.state.ga.us/pr/laborforce.htm

Again, if the people of this state want to continue to indulge in fantasy blame games in which their favorite bogeymen are once again trotted out, this situation will continue.

Tommy Maddox

September 29th, 2011
9:04 am

Getalife – have you hired anyone lately? Just checking…

DebbieDoRight

September 29th, 2011
9:04 am

GG: We’re number last!!! (Do they make a giant foam finger for “we’re number last”? And what would it look like?)

Yes — it looks like the middle finger; but at least it’s pointed “up”.

Good little liberal

September 29th, 2011
9:04 am

Steve P.

First, is English your first language?

Atlanta is ran by Democrats.

Fulton County is ran by Democrats.

Dekalb County is ran by Democrats.

(ir)Rational

September 29th, 2011
9:05 am

Jay – Not sure about Albany, but what is it exactly that drives jobs in Rome and Dalton? It couldn’t be the housing market could it? Nothing to do with manufacturing things like carpet, and flooring, and appliances for housing? Nope, can’t be that, cause you’ve already said the housing market isn’t the problem.

Granny Godzilla

September 29th, 2011
9:07 am

Good Little Liberal

And as per jay above Rome? Dalton? Albany?

(ir)Rational

September 29th, 2011
9:07 am

Got a meeting to go to, y’all have a great morning.

no solution

September 29th, 2011
9:07 am

This entire comment section, including Jay, is full of idiots. The type of jobs lost makes all of the difference. Example

City “A” has 100,000 construction workers due to a robust economy at the start of the financial meltdown.

City “B” has stagnated for two decades and has no construction workers at all at the start of the meltdown.

City “A” loses 100,000 jobs, and Jay Bookwoman writes the idiot’s article on how City “A” has lost (100,000) jobs at the same time that City “B” has gained jobs (one Walmart Job), extolling the virtues of City “B” and blaming the Republicans for City “A” losses.

Good little liberal

September 29th, 2011
9:07 am

Jay

So if it is all about the state government, why pass the latest greatest Obama jobs bill?

getalife

September 29th, 2011
9:08 am

The gop have power in your State and are to blame.

Stop spinning it cons and own it.

Perhaps you should demand more from your votes other than the do nothing gop.

Look in the mirror cons.

You are the problem.

Talk about brain washed white people.

Good little liberal

September 29th, 2011
9:08 am

Granny Godzilla

Why pass Obama’s jobs bill?

Physics

September 29th, 2011
9:09 am

Example Governor cuts funds from local governments…Local governments struggle to fund basic needs for schools and other public services……

Good little liberal

September 29th, 2011
9:09 am

Talk about brain washed white people.

Talk about your basic racist statement.

republicrat

September 29th, 2011
9:09 am

Lets be honest. It takes two to tango. Loan regulations relaxed because its a “human right” to own a home(barney frank),republicans reaped the benefits as they had bush in the white house,but dems pushed it in congress. The people who lied on their loan applications or deep down knew they were buying a house they couldnt afford. Our government keeps us divided so they can enrich their friends and family on our backs. Bush or obama are birds of the same feather. Obama lined the pockets of banks,insurance companies,union bosses and wall street. Bush did it with defense spending. Sure they gave us low paying jobs that are gone now. We need a third centrist party for us forgotten litle worker bess who believe in hard work not hand outs for our future. We ned Help!

Jay

September 29th, 2011
9:11 am

could it be.. the govt doesnt create jobs as much as they would like to think? maybe its the private sector that does it? although the govt can stifle job growth through more regulations.. but for the life of me i cannot imagine what the govt could have done to scare businesses from hiring the last few years.. thoughts? anyone?

Union, the main problem with that post is that it ignores the issue: Why are metro Atlanta and the state doing so much worse than the rest of the country? Your explanation would have us believe it’s because taxes are higher here and regulation is tougher here, etc.

Anybody believe that?

Union’s post is a classic example of taking the one single economic theory you possess and trying to apply it to everything you see, even if, as in this case, that theory flatly contradicts real-life data.

But again, if it makes you feel better to keep believing such things…..

Gordon

September 29th, 2011
9:11 am

“You mean that a strategy of cutting taxes lower and lower, of refusing to spend money to modernize the transportation system that made you prosperous in the first place, of slashing state support for k-12 and higher education year after year, of kowtowing to developers and other businesses at the expense of quality of life for those who actually live here, of largely ignoring the needs of your state’s largest metro area — you mean that doesn’t work?”

An incredible amount of assumptions in that paragraph. What about the economic woes of all the places that do things more pleasing to liberals? How is the state of California doing? How about Chicago?

jm

September 29th, 2011
9:11 am

Granny 9:00 I said they added jobs, which they have. That is different than the unemployment rate.

Jay was referring to jobs added or not, so I did too. Get it? I was 100% accurate.

Tommy Maddox

September 29th, 2011
9:12 am

Ahh now we see the genesis of Getalife’s mindset – he hates white people.

That takes me off the Christmas list.

Good little liberal

September 29th, 2011
9:12 am

Jay

Why push so hard to pass Obama’s jobs bill if it is all about the State government?

getalife

September 29th, 2011
9:12 am

lil lib,

It is fair game because of cain’s comment.

Own it brain washed com.

Gordon

September 29th, 2011
9:13 am

Once Atlanta gets that trolley that Jay advocates I’m sure all of this will turn around.

jm

September 29th, 2011
9:13 am

Jesus you guys are clueless

“Metro Atlanta shed 30,800 jobs since August 2010.” From JAY’S POST.

So I referred to the job numbers increased or decreased too. And Savannah, Augusta, etc, have ADDED JOBS.

You guys seriously just make sh-t up.

Bosch

September 29th, 2011
9:13 am

“but for the life of me i cannot imagine what the govt could have done to scare businesses from hiring the last few years”

Yeah, me neither, maybe because they haven’t done anything. Businesses aren’t hiring because there is lower demand for products. Any other excuse given is just that….an excuse.

Maj. Mudloaf

September 29th, 2011
9:14 am

The regional economy is a nice match with the the crummy air, the oppressive traffic, the petty “heritage” hate, the lack of public decorum, the crummy schools, the hole in the ground in Buckhead, the world’s most corrupt airport, poorest regional development planning…..(please add at your discretion)

Come to Atlanta, we have all of the worst! We’re number last!

jm

September 29th, 2011
9:14 am

Now we’re talking about “unemployment rates”, not jobs added I see.

Way to move the goalpost and deflect libs.

Peadawg

September 29th, 2011
9:14 am

“Talk about brain washed white people.”

Only white people are Republicans? Racist much, getalife?

Physics

September 29th, 2011
9:14 am

An incredible amount of assumptions in that paragraph. What about the economic woes of all the places that do things more pleasing to liberals? How is the state of California doing? How about Chicago?

This topic is about “GEORGIA”.

Granny Godzilla

September 29th, 2011
9:14 am

Because the GOP after campaigning on it for the 2010 mid terms did nothing.

It will stimulate the economy, offers tax relief for some and hikes for others and will create jobs.

Besides, America wants and needs it.

Bosch

September 29th, 2011
9:14 am

“What about the economic woes of all the places that do things more pleasing to liberals? How is the state of California doing? How about Chicago?”

And what pray tell, Gordo, does that have to do with Georgia? This State is redder than Rudolph’s nose.

rojwilco

September 29th, 2011
9:14 am

Yay our side, boo their side.

DebbieDoRight

September 29th, 2011
9:15 am

Maybe you should stop electing Democratic Mayors

Or Republican Governors…….. :roll:

Strawman

September 29th, 2011
9:15 am

“Strawman, those are legitimate points. Here’s how I’d respond:”

Well, having now looked at the article you cite, I guess I’d split the difference with you, as it appears about 84% of the job losses can be attributed to either the housing slump or government layoffs:

“In the 12-month period, the BLS said, metro Atlanta lost 5,500 construction jobs, 11,700 in finance and 14,500 in government. Those reflect the housing and real estate crash, as well as state and local government cutbacks.”

I can tell you that there is NO shortage of jobs for many kinds of software developers in Atlanta; I cannot tell you how many e-mails and phone calls I get from recruiters – they are almost desperate to market you.

I guess it doesn’t surprise me that the other 16% of the losses have been white collar jobs, since I cannot imagine how a loss of almost 32,000 jobs in housing/real estate and government would NOT decrease the demand for some of thee other jobs.

So what is Georgia doing to attract businesses to this area? If they are choosing other areas to locate, why is this so?

getalife

September 29th, 2011
9:15 am

Tommy,

This year I bought a new car, a new large screen tv ,went on several trips and hired three people to paint my house so I am trying to help our economy while the gop did nothing.

What have you done this year con?

SpaceyG on Twitter

September 29th, 2011
9:16 am

It’ll all be ok, fellow Georgians. The Fulton County Board of Commissioners is now in charge of land preservation and conservation! Because the Fulton County Board of Commissioners is certainly nothing if not renowned for its terrific environmental stewardship. Whew! http://atlanta.daybooknetwork.com/story/2011/09/29/42479greenspace.shtml

Good little liberal

September 29th, 2011
9:16 am

getalife

You can make excuses for your racism all you want. You are a racist. Own it.

Peadawg

September 29th, 2011
9:16 am

“It is fair game because of cain’s comment.”

I don’t care for Cain but what was his comment?

Granny Godzilla

September 29th, 2011
9:16 am

jm

they added jobs and yet the employment rate increased?

I understand that can happen but you really should back it up.

getalife

September 29th, 2011
9:17 am

pea,

cain’s comment makes it not racist.

Fair is fair brainwashed white folks.

Jay

September 29th, 2011
9:17 am

because we are citizens of both a state and a nation, GLL?

Because important decisions are made at both levels of government?