Rock On Atlanta!

Unemployment is down. Barely.

The Georgia Department of Labor says the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in metro Atlanta declined to 9.8 percent in April.

The rate reported Thursday declined from 10.4 percent in March. The number of unemployed workers in the area decreased to 261,748, down 14,975 from 276,723 in March.


  1. Lady Thinker says:

    They also didn’t list those unemployed but no longer drawing benefits or the very significant number of underemployed people.

    • ByteMe says:

      If you’re not looking, you’re dropped entirely from being counted.

      However, as the economy turns and you get interested in looking again, you get re-added.

      • Lady Thinker says:

        But how to they know you are looking if you don’t go through the Department of Labor? I would think in talking to several of the adjunct teachers, that there is a significant number of people not going through the DOL as they search for employment.

        • ByteMe says:

          That is correct. It depends on which “unemployment” number you want to discuss. There’s the “new claims”, which are straight from DOL; and then there are several statistical numbers which are based on the total population seeking work (or discouraged or whatever) vs. the total population actually working. Some of the data behind those numbers comes from household surveys, some just from DOL numbers, and some just guesswork based on previous year’s numbers (which is why the numbers are slow to reflect economic transition points).

  2. hannah says:

    How many persons earning wages does it take to sustain one person clipping coupons and playing the stock market? And how many of the latter are unemployable?

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