Georgia’s Unemployment Rate Rises To 8.6 Percent In December

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 8.6 percent in December, up one-tenth of a percentage point from 8.5 percent in November. The rate was 9.4 percent in December a year ago.

“The unemployment rate ticked up slightly because of a combination of factors,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “We had a modest increase in new layoffs, along with a small job loss driven primarily by seasonal layoffs in education. Basically, the December numbers are flat, but even so, this is the best November to December job market report since 2007.

“The most important thing to remember from this report is that our unemployment rate is much lower, the pace of new layoffs slower, and the number of jobs significantly larger than a year ago,” Mr. Butler continued. “Our economy has definitely improved in the past year.”

While the number of jobs decreased by 400 to 3,985,800 in December, it rose by 70,200, or 1.8 percent, from 3,915,600 in December 2011. Most of the over-the-year job growth came in professional and business services, 26,000; trade, transportation, and warehousing, 17,300; education and health care, 12,700; leisure and hospitality, 12,100; and manufacturing 11,800.

“In December, there were 362,800 manufacturing jobs in Georgia, which is the most since April 2009,” said Governor Nathan Deal. “More than 15,000 of those jobs have been created since December 2010. After years of decline, the growth we’ve had over the past two years indicates that Georgia’s manufacturing base is alive and beginning to thrive again. This is a great step closer to making Georgia the No. 1 place in the country to do business.”

The number of initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits increased to 50,861, up by 3,510, or 7.4 percent, from 47,351 in November. Most of the increase came in manufacturing, construction, wholesale trade, and administrative and support services. However, the number of initial claims was down by 12,853, or 20.2 percent, over the year, dropping from 63,714 in December 2011. Most of the over-the-year decline came in accommodations and food services, manufacturing, administrative and support services, construction, and retail trade.

Georgia’s labor force grew by 4,159, reaching 4,804,459 in December, its highest level since February 2009. The labor force has grown by 64,384, or 1.4 percent, from 4,740,075 in December 2011.

The number of long-term unemployed workers declined by 7,600 to 195,000 in December, its lowest level in 34 months. The long-term unemployed—those out of work for more than 26 weeks—make up 47.1 percent of those unemployed in Georgia.

Connect on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter @GeorgiaDOL. You can access all pages via the website at www.dol.state.ga.us.


Grand Celebration Marks Completion Of Coolsprings Galleria

CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. (NYSE: CBL), on Tuesday announced the opening of the redevelopment at CoolSprings Galleria in Nashville (Franklin), Tn. Designed to significantly enhance the offerings at the shopping center, the redevelopment of the former Sears location included adding a new mall entrance as well as retail space for a mix of fashion stores, and fine dining ... (click for more)

Haslam, Boyd Announce Ficosa North America To Build New Facility In Putnam County

CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. (NYSE: CBL), on Tuesday announced the opening of the redevelopment at CoolSprings Galleria in Nashville (Franklin), Tn. Designed to significantly enhance the offerings at the shopping center, the redevelopment of the former Sears location included adding a new mall entrance as well as retail space for a mix of fashion stores, and fine dining ... (click for more)

  • New Hamilton County Businesses
  • Mach Fuels Opening New Compressed Natural Gas Station In Ringgold
  • Association Of Fundraising Professionals' Southeastern Chapter To Hold Membership Meeting May 27
  • Fisherman Spots Body Floating In The River

    A fisherman spotted a body floating in the Tennessee River early Wednesday morning. At approximately 1:50 a.m., the Chattanooga Police Department responded to mile marker 474 of the Tennessee River for a body found. E mergency crews recovered the body of a black male, which was later transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office. F oul play is not suspected at ... (click for more)

    Cleveland Councilman Banks Critical Of City Manager Casteel, But Several Council Members Come To Her Defense

    Cleveland City Councilman Richard Banks on Tuesday afternoon was critical of City Manager Janice Casteel, but several other council members came to her defense.   The council, at the end of the discussion, voted to establish an evaluation process for city employees.   Ben Moore, a retired pharmacist and life-long resident of Cleveland told the council ... (click for more)

    County Officials Need To Provide A Decent Animal Shelter

    Once upon a time, a group of citizens concerned about the decaying building housing the Humane Educational Society on Highland Park raised their voices in an outcry about the deplorable state of the HES facility and the over-population of unwanted and unspayed/unneutered cats and dogs in Hamilton County.   What happened then was that the City Council stepped ... (click for more)

    Roy Exum: Is It Ever Worth It?

    There is a better-than-average chance General John Kelly could soon be named as the new Commandant of the United States Marine Corps. He’s one of four men who have been mentioned in prudent fashion to follow General Joseph Dunford (remember that name for a few minutes) as head of the Corps. General Dunford, who held the job less than a year, has just been chosen by President Obama ... (click for more)