Highest jobless rate in the country: That’s who we are

Once again, Georgia had the highest unemployment rate in the nation in September at 7.9 percent. That’s a slight improvement over August, when the state jobless rate was 8.1 percent. However, we still come in last, behind Mississippi at 7.7 percent.

Some other points to consider:

  • The national unemployment rate is 5.9 percent, and has fallen significantly from a year ago, when it was 7.2 percent. Georgia’s jobless rate is essentially unchanged over that time frame. In September 2013, it was 8.0 percent, one tenth of a point higher than it stands today.
  • Overall, Mississippi gained 6,000 jobs last month. Florida gained 13,400. Alabama gained 11,400. South Carolina gained 13,000. Georgia lost 2,800 jobs, even after adjusting for seasonal factors.
  • Georgia manufacturing was hit particularly hard, with, 2,900 jobs disappearing in that category alone.
  • And no, Georgia’s last-place standing in the jobless rate cannot be explained by an influx of people into the workforce, either from out of state or from here in Georgia. Since June, Georgia’s civilian workforce has not grown, it has fallen by more than 20,000. Nationally, the civilian labor force has grown by 168,000 since June.
  • In the past year, Georgia’s workforce has grown by 8,322. Nationally, the workforce has grown by 389,000.

In baseball, they have a saying: You are the player that the statistics on the back of your baseball card say you are. This is who we are. It is not who we used to be. It is not who we ought to be. But it is who we are.

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fiftythreepercenter
fiftythreepercenter

The most amazing thing about these number is the tens of thousands of Georgians who apparently had been looking for a job, stopped for some period of time, and magically decided to run down to the DOL right before this election and tell them they were looking for a job again EVEN THOUGH THEIR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS HAVE EXPIRED.



Maybe you libs can explain why tens of thousands of Georgians with expired unemployment benefits would spend their gas money even making the trip to the DOL in the first place, but why they all decided to start looking now as opposed to a few months ago.Keep in mind Georgia has been 6th in job creation, so when you factor that in, this situation makes absolutely no sense.



Short of a reasonable explanation, I agree with Deal.This whole thing stinks of people fudging the numbers to influence this election.And, YES, I do believe the people who crunch these numbers could and would do that.See Lois Learner....


einhard
einhard

Or which “facts” one chooses to highlight. As shown last month when this theme was trotted out as part of Bookman’s ongoing journalistic electioneering efforts, Georgia’s employment-to-population ratio, which is a better measure of employment performance than unemployment rate since it includes people who have stopped looking for work, is the highest in the region at 57.3% (VA, MD, and DC don’t count because of federal jobs). Other states in the area (Sept 2014 BLS data): AL 52.1, AR 53.2, FL 56.8, KY 54.5, LA 56.7, MS 50.7, NC 56.3, SC 54.2, and TN 54.4%.

adrian925
adrian925

@fiftythreepercenter  6th in what types of job creation, be willing to bet greater than fifty percent are minimum wage.  Are you satisfied with jobs that need government help to finish the gap in needed family income. Governor Deal is excellent at public relations but good even great jobs are beyond him.  I know about the plans he has to make Georgia the next Hollywood, those people don't talk until you give them the best tax breaks in the country.  Deepening the Savannah River will provide great jobs as long as you belong to the Longshoreman's union. 

Minimum wage jobs used to be important because they gave a person a job to gain experience and use that to gain a better job requiring experience.  That no longer plays out, minimum wage is the ceiling for a lot of people.  Don't forget on November 4th that David Purdue saw his job as patriotic  by outsourcing American jobs, after all, most of the stakeholders and shareholders are American; these are the people who benefit from the workers and make their money while they are sleeping.

WGA1990
WGA1990

This flyer targeting Black voters using Ferguson, Mo. as the reason for them to vote here in Georgia is the worst form of race baiting that I've ever seen in an election. Galloway's commentary sounds like tacit approval and that's disgusting. I hope Jay steps up and condemns this tactic.

fiftythreepercenter
fiftythreepercenter

@WGA1990

I'm sorry, Phil, but did you have an explanation for why tens of thousands of Georgians would run down to the DOL and announce they were looking for work again or not, because if you can't explain that, you have to conclude the numbers are being rigged by somebody.


LeninTime
LeninTime

@WGA1990

There are going to be no charges brought against the officer, nor is the Obama/Holder justice department going to lift a finger to do a thing about it.  As I mentioned yesterday, the Obama/Holder justice system has the officer's back.

Which means, you should be real pleased right?

You realize things are going just as they should according to your world view under Obama, yes?

fiftythreepercenter
fiftythreepercenter

@LeninTime  Of course he's not going to be charged.  The evidence doesn't support charging him.


"Michael Brown, the 18-year-old black man whose fatal shooting by a white police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson in August touched off weeks of racially-charged rioting, had marijuana in his system, was initially shot at close range and does not appear to have been killed while running away, according to experts who reviewed the official autopsy and toxicology report."


News reports out today....

WGA1990
WGA1990

@LeninTime If there's insufficient evidence to indict then he shouldn't be charged, if there is then he should be. My comment deals with using the Ferguson incident in an attempt to motivate Black voters to vote, which I believe to be an insult to Black voters as well as flagrant race baiting.

PudHead
PudHead

Hey I have an idea, lets blame everyone except the 150 years of democratic rule in Georgia for our issues..

Peachs
Peachs

Every day on this blog I read about a rightwing Christian having fear of something he has made up in his mind and is convinced even God can't protect him or her.  What on this earth is more terrorizing than unemployment bad health, and a general hate that we carry in this state.  why not fix what you can fix and let God take over what you can't?  You are not smart enough to be in control and you are killing all of us with your inaccuracies and miscalculation's.   

Peachs
Peachs

To be this much a failure and still return to the same, defend the undefendable, thank you sir I'll take another, belies something far more wrong with this state than poverty or ignorance.   We have tried to tie this to Obama who was not in the room, this is a local matter that will not go away until we take a truthful evaluation of what and who we are.   


To elect a governor who is already on an ethical watch list, to entertain electing one of the very same culprits to the US Senate, that strain Georgia of economic opportunity, I think Georgia should be ;put on some statewide suicide watch, take the shoe strings away, until it comes to its senses.  If not for your sorry hateful souls then for the children, no kid deserves this kind of insanity. 

Fly-On-The-Wall
Fly-On-The-Wall

@Peachs I agree but as with all politicans they tie their failures to someone else but if things are going great then of course they did it all by themselves.  Republicans will tie any and everything to Obama, but if something in their state went well then of course they did without Obama's help.

I know all politicans do this but the level we're hearing from Republicans this time around is beyond just puffing out their chests.

Peachs
Peachs

@Fly-On-The-Wall @Peachs  Fly we are at a time in history where the blaming a politician for our sorry lives is no longer going to work.  When you believe blue is red and build your entire logic on that false information and see negative results over and over yet still smoke that cigarette, after a while you are responsible for your lives not the others you blame.  We copy laws written in Alabama, Arizona and Mississippi and expect better results, what planet do we live on?  We see success and refuse to acknowledge it more less copy it.  We are our own enemy we won' be around long enough to worry about terrorist or immigration, we are killing ourselves as fast as we can go. 

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

If one rejects $billions of dollars for the Medicaid Expansion and throws away $millions to other states for their expansion - guess what - the state comes up short for salaries - if fact bottom of the barrel.  The number one employer in Sacramento, CA is now healthcare.  In Georgia, hospitals are closing.  Way to go Deal - sold your testicles to Jan Jones.  Hope it was worth it.

Peachs
Peachs

@Ralph-43  what is lost outside the jobs, 70,000, is healthy citizens.  I can't imagine being unemployed, no health, and no hope.  Maybe this is what we deserve, if we keep elected these clowns we have no one to blame but ourselves.  I still feel sorry for the sick and poor, which are getting to be a larger pool of Georgians every month, maybe when the whole state in living on the streets and dying there they will get the message this is not working.

SFM_Scootter
SFM_Scootter

@Ralph-43


Let me see if I can get something else right.GA doesn't have enough money to pay people because they didn't expand Medicaid? Whew again!

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@SFM_Scootter @Ralph-43


Expanding Medicaid--accepting Federal funds being provided for virtually all of the associated costs--would certainly help GA's economy, no matter how the vile right wingers running this state try to spin it.


Let's put this in real simple terms. The Feds can print money. GA cannot. 


When the Feds offer you money you f-ckin' take it, FFS.


In a just world, Gov. Deal and the little rats running our state legislature couldn't show their faces anywhere in public without being pelted with excrement and rotten fruit and vegetables. But, well, this ain't a just world is it?

Peachs
Peachs

@SFM_Scootter @Ralph-43  before it is over every state will expand Medicare, the slow ones have been feed this we can't afford it until their roof caves in and they see they have been pissed on.  Other southern states are doing the math while we still watch black and white television. 

fiftythreepercenter
fiftythreepercenter

@Ralph-43  Why don't these poor people just sign up for Obamacare and use the subsidies to pay for it? 


And before you toss out that lame excuse about a gap for the poor these people fall into, please explain why Obama himself with his phone and his pen hasn't closed that loophole and has instead left millions of people, mostly his base, without healthcare. 


If he actually cares about these people, why is the solution to the gap problem to whine about half the governors taking an option they were offered and not fixing the gap problem? 

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

It's a conspiracy!  This is Obama's doing.  He rigged the numbers.  


Come on, Republicans.  Come up with something that at least requires a bit more imagination.  How about they all got scared off by Mr. Ebola and they found better jobs with more tax cuts and fewer regulations in Mississippi.

SFM_Scootter
SFM_Scootter

@Numbers_R_Us


Let me see if I have this right.You make 3 statements and then attribute them to Reps.Then you tell them to have more imagination?  Whew!  LOL 

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

@SFM_Scootter @Numbers_R_Us That's not how I read it.  To me it reads like he's given reps excuses they can use...not excuses they have used

Jack_Republican
Jack_Republican

I wonder how many job interviews have been witnessed by those who apparently know how to lower the unemployment rate.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

GA is the 8th most populous state.


(just remindin' for those "but! no. 6 in Jerb Growth! um, raw numberz!" guys.)

josef
josef

Enjoyed it...check y'all later...

ThulsaDoom
ThulsaDoom

And in other news I see that Oscar Pistorias was sentenced to 5 years, will serve 10 months in prison, then the rest in a halfway house. What a travesty- even worse than OJ. 

Gmare
Gmare

Yes, a travesty, Doomy, but worse than OJ? NO!

moonbat_betty
moonbat_betty

@gotalife


Yeah, fun in the liberal la la land: 


From your story:


Palin then says that when she confronted the woman, she was attacked by a man, who pushed her down and dragged her across the grass, saying, “You s-l-ut, you fu-c-ki-ng c-u-n-t.” Palin says on the recording that someone took her $300 sunglasses and shoes.

moonbat_betty
moonbat_betty

@gotalife


Let me see you do this to any female and you will be wearing your a$$ for a hat.



breckenridge
breckenridge

 “I can’t help but believe, just based on the way we’ve got all these nebulous excuses why not to have a travel ban, this president, I guarantee you, we’re going to find out, he has cut a deal with African leaders They’re going to bring people with Ebola into the US. I bet you there is a deal he has cut with African leaders. He has probably told them, ‘Look, keep in mind I’ll have a lot more flexibility after the election.’ But that’s the only thing that would explain why he won’t do a travel ban.” US Congress man Louie "Terror Babies" Gohmert, R-Texas, on the Sean Hannity radio show, 10-20-2014



Ahhhhhhh ha ha ha ha!  You suck Mr. Terror Babies! You're a stupid loser of epic proportions!

Gmare
Gmare

Hard to believe? Well, GA sent Paul Broun...

Midvale
Midvale

@breckenridge


Hard to believe someone like that is in Congress.


Worse than scary.  Much worse.

Midvale
Midvale

@Gmare


And my Congressman Tom Price.


Before that there  was Cynthia McKinney - and Hank Thompson who was worried that Guam might capsize  


Guess I should not be surprised

gotalife
gotalife

If bush was such a great President why did he miss three elections on the campaign trail cons? I will wait on your rebuttal.

ThulsaDoom
ThulsaDoom

@Captain-Obvious @gotalife


Its a difference of class and decency- and the Bush family's reverential respect for the office which in their view is the people's office.  Too bad ex Dem presidents feel the need to denigrate successors.