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Georgia's jobless rate drops to 9 percent

ATLANTA — Georgia's unemployment rate dropped to 9 percent in September with signs that manufacturing is continuing to rebound from losses during the recession, state labor officials said.

The new jobless rate is down from 9.2 percent in August.

The rate declined because Georgia had the fewest new claims for unemployment insurance benefits in five years — before the start of the Great Recession, said Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

The number of manufacturing jobs from August to September grew by 1,900. That represents the largest such increase since 1994.

"I have no reason to believe that manufacturing will not continue to grow," Butler said in an interview Thursday.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced the seasonally adjusted unemployment figures early Thursday.

Among metro areas, Gainesville led the state with job gains during the past year, adding 3,200 since September 2011 — a 4.3 percent increase.

The Dalton area led the state in job losses during the past year. The northwest Georgia community lost 2,900 jobs, a 4.5 percent decline since September 2011.

In Dalton, which has been hard-hit by plant closings in reductions in the carpet and floor-covering industry, state and local officials are planning an event next week that's aimed at helping the area's workers to find positions with local employers.

The event is part of a new Special Workforce Assistance Team (SWAT) designed to help match workers with jobs and boost the economy.

"It's going to be a very intensive effort, unlike anything the Department of Labor has ever done before," Butler said.

In Dalton, where the unemployment rate has hovered around 12 percent, some employers do have openings, Butler said. Part of the new effort is designed to identify employees who have the skills to fill those jobs now, or would be able to with some additional training.

"We found out that there are job openings in the Dalton area and we've got some employers that are struggling to find the talent they need," Butler said.

In the LaGrange and Columbus areas, labor officials say they're ramping up efforts to help military veterans find work.

An Oct. 9 job fair in LaGrange that was designed with veterans in mind attracted more than 800 people, said Cliff Meeks, an employment marketing representative at the LaGrange Career Center.

Labor officials are seeing an influx of servicemen and women returning from overseas, presenting unique challenges in the region near Fort Benning.

"They're coming back home and we're just trying to ensure that the training initiatives are there as well as the jobs for the veterans," Meeks said.

The Columbus metro area, which includes the Army base, has lost 1,600 jobs during the past year, according to figures released Thursday by the state labor department.

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NewsReader 1 year, 6 months ago

Don't try to confuse them notblind. You are already too late! LOL!. Don't expect the general population to distinguish the difference between "Georgia's Jobless Rate" and "Real Unemployment Rate", and let's just throw in that "Seasonally Adjusted" qualifier why don't we!

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kevin 1 year, 6 months ago

Also throw in the millions that stopped looking for work. When 1,500 show up for one job at a retail store, don't dare tell me things are improving in Georgia. Folks just keep burying their heads in the sand!

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R 1 year, 6 months ago

or any other open orifice available for that matter...

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Gwinnettsince1991 1 year, 6 months ago

When i have over 300 applications for a part time position for and many are former professionals in accounting and sales who just need something, this tells me all i need to know. Its brutal right now.

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Say_that_again 1 year, 6 months ago

Don't look at me, I didn't vote for these Republicans in the state that turn down stimulus and fight the Presidents efforts to increase jobs!! With unemployment rates more than 1% over the national average its Republican states like ours that are keeping employment rates up for the nation.

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R 1 year, 6 months ago

The President GAVE us the Race to the TOP!!!

That little ditty we signed on for as a state REQUIRES multiple approvers for Charter Schools!! As a matter of fact, the very reason Gwinnett went to court in the first place was as a result of the way GA leaders chose to meet that requirement for funding and made a big deal about to the FEDS!!

SO... here we are fighting a poorly defined amendment to the state constitution because our leaders CHOSE to take those funds ...

And low and behold, JOBS have indeed been created, for lobbyists...

Lobbyists - doing the jobs citizens just won't do

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Sthrnldy 1 year, 6 months ago

Bless Your Heart, Know_It_ALL! Your American Idol Obama's stimulus package bomb came with more strings attached than the hot air balloons at Macy's Turkey Day parade!

Keep blaming Republicans for all your failures, because that is all you have. Intelligent minds are drowning out your rants out like they are the media. The reason you are unemployed is your own fault. Bets are you show up at a job interview and spew the same holier than thou fiction you post here. No employer in the right mind would hire a Know_It_All!

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NewsReader 1 year, 6 months ago

Wonder how loud the little crybaby had to go and cry to GDP to get my response removed. Such a little cowardly thing aren't you Know_It_ALL! Say you didn't request it to be removed, and I'll put it back up there for you and everyone else to see. I don't want to prevent anyone else from having the opportunity to laugh at your stupidity!

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R 1 year, 5 months ago

I THOUGHT there was one up here that disappeared ...
Stick it back in I read a bit of it and it was interesting

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Sandykin 1 year, 6 months ago

I work for a small business and we've been told that insurance premiums are going up again, and will be unaffordable for 2013. If Obamacare is not repealed in time, we will all be made part time workers so they don't have to provide insurance and can still stay in business. Many of us cannot afford to work part time, we need a full time income. Should that come to pass, we won't show up on the unemployment roles, but we will be out there desperately looking for a full time job.

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Sthrnldy 1 year, 6 months ago

Very accurate perspective on what is really happening here. Georgia boomed big so our bust was big as well. Jobs are scarce, and Obamacare is forcing companies to hire people part time.

From my perspective, working for a large corporation, our choices are being cut down to two options and premiums keep rising - even with the high deductible plans.

The irony it is enrollment time at many businesses and companies, so hopefully the reality will set in on what Obama has done to the business climate in this country. Connect the dots back to Obamacare.

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Why_not 1 year, 6 months ago

The cost of health insurance increased by 62% from 2000-2010. My plan has only increased in overall cost by 3-4% in each of the last four years. What has increased is my share of the premium. My employer is dumping more of it on me. Compare the overall cost of your plan and not just what your share is....that will tell the true story..

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Say_that_again 1 year, 6 months ago

Typical scare tactics! Please, don't listen to the absurd statements of people desperate to keep their unreasonable low net tax rate. Research the facts and you will see that insurance rates are not anticipated to go up even as fast as the average increase of the last 10 years. Also, your employer cannot just convert all jobs to part time and continue to work you full time. If you really believe these threats, you probably should contact a lawyer and get the facts about your rights.

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jack 1 year, 6 months ago

We are going through open enrollment at my place of work. My cost portion of health insurance is doubling for the same policy.

Just scare tactics, right?

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R 1 year, 6 months ago

No They cut hours back to the 20 to 30 hour weekly range and HIRE others to the same stretch...

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Sandykin 1 year, 6 months ago

If we were simply converted to part time as a technicality, but given and paid full time hours, I'd stay where I am without the insurance and take the penalty hit, as private insurance for my family is almost as much as the mortgage payment, so it's far cheaper to take the penalty and keep my hours and pay in tact. However, we would be made to work 30 hours or less so my pay would be decreased and then insurance, as a percentage of income becomes even more out of reach.

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JV 1 year, 6 months ago

@ Say…Ever heard of prozac? You blab some half-wit information based on nothing but the empty space between your ears. Maybe you can get some good prices on prozac with your ObamaCare.

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teelee 1 year, 6 months ago

Liberal media propaganda just in time for the election. If things are so rosy for you go ahead and vote for Obama. Barack Obama couldn't manage a McDonald's restaurant let lone this country.

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Say_that_again 1 year, 6 months ago

And yet he is doing a much better job than Bush did!! Everything I see about Romney makes me believe he would even be worse than Bush, of course hard to know where he stands since he changes positions daily, even has his campaign staff coming out saying "he didn't mean that, this is what he really believes" Do some research and tell me what you think he might do better than Obama, certainly not the economy, his "tax plan" is a joke designed to give major breaks to the top 5%; nor foriegn policy, he stated he would not have put together an assault team to take out Osama Bin Laden. Not health care, he says he will take away funding for women's health clinics, reducing accessibility to breast cancer screening, among other problems.

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kevin 1 year, 6 months ago

Obama has yet to lay out any details for his next 4 years so don't start bad-mouthing Romney. At least he spoke about exactly what he wants to do, not Obama. Expect just 4 more years of the same failed policies and more socialism.

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R 1 year, 6 months ago

Which, if we do accept that argument at face value, it's the equivalent of saying Pres Obama is smarter than a houseplant if under 5,000 ft altitude...

While correct, it's NOT really a strong or persuasive position to be in.

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R 1 year, 5 months ago

TeeLee with a 3 rating? the earth just shook a bit ...

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kmn 1 year, 6 months ago

Liberal media. I thought this information came from Ga. labor commissioner Mark Butler.

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kevin 1 year, 6 months ago

It has been 4 years under Obama. Those that lost their jobs in 2008-2009 have stopped looking for work, which makes the stats a few points lower. We need a drastic increase in "full-time" jobs to help the economy, not just temporary Christmas jobs. Come Jan and Feb, the rate will rise again. Think people!

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kevin 1 year, 6 months ago

GDP quote 1/20/12: "State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler announced today that Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined for the third straight month in December, dropping to 9.7 percent. That is a one-tenth of a percentage point decline from a revised 9.8 percent in November, making this the largest two-month decrease in unemployment since 1977. The jobless rate was 10.4 percent in December a year ago."

It has taken the state of Georgia 9 months for the unemployment rate to drop 1/2%. That is the bottom line. What recovery? At this rate, Ga. might be back at 6% unemployment by the end of 2018. I love the ignorant Obama voters that think he is doing a great job with his policies of the past 4 years when he controlled the Congress for 2 of those years!

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NewsReader 1 year, 6 months ago

Hey Sthrnldy, your assertion toward Know_It_All hinges on the assumption that it actually pays for and has health insurance. The moocher likely has no health insurance at all, and we, the producers of society, have to subsidize its healthcare cost along with that of all of its 9 chillen's[sic] that we are having to subsidize as well.

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news2me 1 year, 6 months ago

Great find Sthrnldy! This avatar reflects what Say_that_again is all about. Obama worship.

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Say_that_again 1 year, 6 months ago

And once again, Romney supporters respond with nothing but insults and false information! Anyone that doesn't know what Obama plans for the next 4 years have not been listening to real news. He gives details of his tax plan which Romney will not. With Romney it's "trust me, I can do the impossible" Check out the real economist's analysis of the different tax plans. Romney wants you to believe in trickle down economics, this is like the dog getting fed from the crumbs that fall on the floor. History proves this does nothing more than make increase the wealth being hoarded by the wealthy. If Romney "increases the base", it will take money out of the hands of spenders which will slow the economy and push us back into a recession and really skyrocket the debt. These are facts. Do the research. Notice the insults that I get for giving you the facts and lack of any truth from them without considerable twisting. Anyone paying attention knows that Romney changes positions to suit the current audience on every major issue. We can only figure out what his administration will do by the people that he has as his top advisers, they have been more consistent, even admitted that Romney would have an "etch-a-sketch" moment which happened in the first debate. Note what they say and that will give you a better understanding of what he will do, and its not pretty.

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R 1 year, 6 months ago

Since I have actually looked for the published plan former Pres. Bill Clinton has told us about repeatedly in tv ads - please post a link.

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Gwinnettsince1991 1 year, 6 months ago

I have seen no leadership from this administration in the last four years. We can argue back and forth on point by point, but i no longer believe in Obama or that he has the policies and team that i have faith to do a good job.

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NewsReader 1 year, 6 months ago

OK, show us then. What are we missing Know_It_All? Provide some sources instead of beating your chest and saying crap like "...Romney supporters respond with nothing but insults and false information!..." What qualifies as “real news” to you? Obama's entire platform was "Hope & Change" for 2008. He had nothing of substance then, and he has nothing of substance now. I particularly like your line about “…the wealth being hoarded by the wealthy…” LOL, who earned that money? Did you? You say you have the facts? Put up or shut up right here and now.

But more importantly, and this is where you don't seem to understand. We aren't necessarily "Romney Supporters" as you call us. We are Americans that are intent on taking our country back from this dangerous socialist of a President hell bent on destroying what took over 200 years to build. We are not "African-American", "Jewish-American", or any other "Hyphenated-American". We are AMERICAN! You had your chance with a liberal President, a liberal House, and a liberal Senate. It is us, AMERICANS, that are sick and tired of you, your agenda, and your "...me, me, me..." initiatives to steal from us, the producers, and give to you, the moochers! The election is a little over two weeks away. We want our country back...before it is gone!

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Say_that_again 1 year, 6 months ago

I usually do not post links because the truth is so easy to find from different sources. For the best single source on how the candidates stand on the issues, one needs only to check out their web sites. Please, take the time to make a fair comparison between the policies stated on their web sites. Note that most of Romney's policy statements are loaded with misleading, and sometimes totally false, negative ads about Obama while Obama's site presents more detail and clear expression of his plans. After reading these, consider further statements made by presidential candidates, VP candidates and campaign personnel and note all the conflicts on the Romney side and much greater consistency from the Obama group. Then research some independent analysis of the plans. It is clear that Romney believes in trickle down, which, historically, has been a failing policy. While Romney's tax plan as stated would lower my taxes, it will definitely hurt the economy and drive up the debt, as well as cut the budget of much needed government services that will impact the pooir more than the wealthy. Romney "bailout" position demonstrates his hypocrisy as shown from this article with documentation that explains how Bain received government bailout while under Romney's control: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/pictures/mitt-romneys-federal-bailout-the-documents-20120829 http://www.barackobama.com/issues?source=primary-nav http://www.mittromney.com/

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Why_not 1 year, 6 months ago

That's the best "fact based" article I have seen on the subject. Very revealing for sure.

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Jan 1 year, 6 months ago

Here is another good source of the details of Governor Romney's tax plan from his own explanations. http://www.romneytaxplan.com/

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Why_not 1 year, 6 months ago

I love it Jan.....that's the entire story on one page.......

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