Georgia’s unemployment rate unchanged at 10 percent in September


The Georgia Department of Labor reported today that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged at 10 percent from August to September. The rate was 10.1 percent in September 2009. This is the 36th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.6 percent.


  1. Lady Thinker says:

    Why hasn’t Perdue done something about this. I wonder how many of those numbers are the people laid off to streamline the budget. It really didn’t streamline the money because the money saved from laying off employees is being used to pay unemployment. It goes from one account to another and nothing is saved.

    • Lady Thinker,

      First of all, the government can only create an environment that’s friendly to business creation. Unfortunately, because of the size and impact of the federal government’s policies, state’s can do only a little (it’s kind of like wading upstream in a swift current) compared to what the federal government does.

      Second, Georgia was growing rapidly and relied very heavily on construction jobs. When the housing bubble burst (and we all saw it coming) it hurt Georgia more than some states.

      Third, who gets paid unemployment equal to 100% of their pay?

      Fourth, as long as the federal government keeps so many potential changes coming, businesses are afraid to invest any more than necessary.

      • Lady Thinker says:

        One, two, and four make sense. As for number three, unemployment does not replace the salary dollar for dollar. Depending on the salary range of the person laid off, I am factoring in the unemployment check, healthcare (Medicaid or Peachcare), food stamps, and technical college educational pay through the Hope Grant or other programs for job placement. As long as a person is taking college classes, they do not have to look for jobs. The instructor signs a form each week and the person is entitled to the rest of the benefits I mentioned.

        • Lady Thinker says:

          There are also the United Way, the Lions organization for glasses and some have access to hearing aids, food banks, and some churches have emergency funds for car repairs and other needs.

          I’m not saying this is the greatest way to live, but what the government isn’t providing for the unemployed, some private organizations are committing.

      • Lady Thinker says:


        If Sonny couldn’t make a difference based on your summations, then how in the world do Barnes, deal, and Monds expect to anything different?

        • Lady Thinker,

          It’s difficult for any governor to make a difference in the economic environment. I believe it’s because the federal government has taken on such a large amount of power.

          I wish it were different.

          • Lady Thinker says:

            You are right and when candidates say they are going to make a difference and bring jobs to Georgia, they are hoping that desperate people grasping at straws will vote for them. None of them can do anything any better than Sonny on this specific issue.

  2. Rick Day says:

    I just hired 3 managers in the past month. One was employed, one was part time employed but financially stable, and one was a person formerly in business for themselves.

    Each of them felt it was a step up. Now, what do your statistics say about that?

    Not much. the percentage remained unchanged. Or did it?

      • Harry says:

        Yeah, there’s no unemployment problem in DC, or in the Atlanta Federal Buildings for that matter. I don’t see much lack of human resources in the state office buildings, and would posit there’s a surplus of help in the Atlanta city government.

        • Kellie says:

          Rick – None of them were unemployed (except the former business owner and he cannot get an unemployment check) so my guess is it made no difference unless their previous jobs are filled by unemployed people.

    • The way we collect and estimate unemployment is just misleading. There has got to be a better way to do that. First, we have to redefine “unemployment”, perhaps by breaking it down to “unemployed” and “underemployed”. We already have “seasonal unemployed”.

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