Georgia is No. 2 in job losses

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ATLANTA --- Declines in manufacturing and construction last month earned Georgia a dubious distinction: Second in the nation for jobs lost in September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday.

The state saw an over-the-month employment level decrease of 22,300, a rate exceeded only by historically underperforming Michigan, which saw 28,300 jobs dry out over September.

The sobering losses didn't surprise Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond, who called them further evidence of a deepening retrenchment in the state's building industry.

But he said, "The fact that we're No. 2 only to Michigan, that is a surprise."

Mr. Thurmond said Georgia's increased popularity among families looking to relocate might be to blame for September job losses.

"We had further to fall only because we have grown so fast," he said.

The numbers marked a slight improvement from August, when Georgia lost 26,200 jobs. By comparison, state employment increased by 5,500 over September 2007, among the nation's biggest spikes.

Georgia's poor performance was an exception in the region.

The bureau recorded the lowest September unemployment rates in the Northeast and South: 5.7 percent and 5.9 percent, respectively.

Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 6.5 percent in September, the highest rate in 16 years.

Experts call the housing crisis an obvious culprit. Less demand for new single-family homes means fewer construction jobs and trickles down to industries such as carpeting, once big business in north Georgia.

"We're now starting to see the distribution and logistics channels going down," explained Phyllis Finley, a vice president with Atlanta-based employment agency Randstad. "Because consumer demand has gone down for products ... you don't have as much to move."

But even companies that aren't drying up completely could be shrinking, pushing unemployment up, said Steven Rondone, an Atlanta bureau economist.

"We've noticed throughout the South many of the plants, if they see a slowdown, they'll consolidate one plant into another," he said. "If there's some overlap of employees, they let those employees go."

Mr. Rondone warned against using one month's job loss to reflect the state's economic health. He said the numbers can vary greatly from month to month. Though Louisiana, for example, saw a drop of 17,500 employed in September, it was tops in the nation for job increases a month earlier, filling 9,400 positions.

Such variations can come from a single plant closing or opening, Mr. Rondone said.

"This is a large state," he said. "You have to look at the broader picture."

Jobs were down this September in nearly all 11 Georgia metropolitan areas that state labor officials monitored. Athens added 500 workers; jobs were flat in Gainesville.

The state Labor Department recently put its staff on 10-hour work days to serve a glut of unemployed Georgians.

Georgia workers average roughly 11 weeks between jobs, below the national average.

"If there's a silver lining anywhere," Mr. Thurmond said, "Its that we have a very effective and efficient unemployment system."

BY THE NUMBERS: SEPTEMBER UNEMPLOYMENT

IN GEORGIA

22,300 - Jobs lost during September


That's second only to Michigan, which lost 28,300 jobs for the month.



6.5% - September unemployment


That's the highest rate in 16 years.



IN SOUTH CAROLINA

14,400 - Jobs lost during September


That's the largest decrease on record for September.



7.3% - September unemployment


That's down slightly from last month, but still the fifth-highest rate in the nation.




IN THE AREA

600 - Jobs lost in the Augusta area during September


0.7% - Drop in nonfarm employment in September from the previous 12 months




Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, bls.gov

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 10/22/08 - 04:26 am
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The amazing coincidence is

The amazing coincidence is that in the two years the Dems have had control of both houses of congress, the national unemployment rate has gone from under 5% to over 6.5%. Must be Bush's fault, blame McCain.

DeborahElliott2
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DeborahElliott2 10/22/08 - 04:51 am
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It is also amazing that no

It is also amazing that no new jobs mean a tax increase! Where on earth did this commission for RC come up with us having excess money and only minimum wage employment to see us through?

Ga Values
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Ga Values 10/22/08 - 05:28 am
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Meanwhile, Saxby has worked

Meanwhile, Saxby has worked hard to get things done for his friends on Wall Street.

Yes to rewarding companies that send American jobs to China, India, and other countries. In 2004, Chambliss voted against closing up $39 billion in tax breaks for companies that outsource their jobs. [Vote 90, 5/11/04] In 2005, Chambliss voted against against repealing tax incentives for domestic companies that move their manufacturing plants out of the U.S. [Vote 63, 3/17/05]
He even gave those same companies a tax cut. In 2003, Chambliss voted to cut taxes on U.S. companies’ overseas income from 35% to 5.25%. [Vote 165, 5/15/03]

Won’t hold U.S. companies accountable if they deal with terrorists. Chambliss even voted against an amendment that makes U.S. businesses liable for dealing with foreign businesses that have links to terrorism. [Vote 203, 7/26/05]

TheTruth
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TheTruth 10/22/08 - 06:17 am
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Our entire government is out

Our entire government is out of control. The only way to change it is to vote all incumbents out. If you see incumbent, vote against it.

426Hemi
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426Hemi 10/22/08 - 06:20 am
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Does this job loss includes

Does this job loss includes illegals? Wonder if it's even a concern with Bureau of Labor.

devilishlymad67
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devilishlymad67 10/22/08 - 06:44 am
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you think that maybe all

you think that maybe all those that moved to georgia from other states will now go back to where they belong and leave georgia? After all they hate our lifestyles

soldout
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soldout 10/22/08 - 07:06 am
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For the individual Christian

For the individual Christian the best thing to do for financial security is to become a cheerful giver and attend a Dave Ramsey course. Remember the Holy Spirit inside you knows all things including where all the jobs are. Choose blessings; not curses.

Mic0317
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Mic0317 10/22/08 - 07:59 am
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American traitors gave our

American traitors gave our jobs to other countries and it still goes on, but nothing is done about it, Stop your whining and do something to stop these traitors. Outsourcing , or allowing it, is the downfall of the tax base that made the U.S. strong. Put the think tank up against the wall that came up with Nafta and Cafta, and any other politician that allows companies to send our jobs overseas.

IBJusLikeU
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IBJusLikeU 10/22/08 - 10:11 am
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For the individual: stand up

For the individual: stand up and get some skills. Sacrifice for a while to learn something useful enough not to get laid off again. Use public help, it's out there for you, but improve yourself.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 10/22/08 - 10:16 am
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That's right blame the

That's right blame the Democrats in Washington for job losses in Georgia. Heaven forbid that you blame the Republican Governor or the Republicans that control the House and Senate here.

owensjef2
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owensjef2 10/22/08 - 11:50 am
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HYPOCRITES 08 These people

HYPOCRITES 08 These people never cease to amaze me, hehehe
Oh it't not Sunny's fault

owensjef2
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owensjef2 10/22/08 - 11:51 am
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They won't post here too much

They won't post here too much

Niko Mahs
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Niko Mahs 10/22/08 - 12:16 pm
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The six previous years have

The six previous years have affected the last two years. Things do not change that fast in the economy.

mable8
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mable8 10/22/08 - 01:34 pm
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Voting for Obama will

Voting for Obama will increase the numbers of the unemployed; not only in GA, but across the nation. Obama is a short-sighted fool who is playing a deadly game in our economic slump; his only gain is to line his pockets and for him to remain tax-free. He did not disclose HIS earnings and he actually says nothing of taxing those earning above the $250k mark! His rhetoric is focused on that fixed amount because there is no middle-class anymore. Furthermore, you cannot expect the minor amount of high earners to pay for everything Obama has on his wish list. Obama is a danger to the United States in that he would have this nation committing political suicide in the global sense--we will not regain our world leadership under an Obama administration.

b
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b 10/22/08 - 03:41 pm
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There are jobs out there

There are jobs out there people just don't want to work. Our whole world is getting lazy! Heck why should we work it the government will take care of us, or take money from the hard workers and give it to the couch bums...

disssman
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disssman 10/22/08 - 08:54 pm
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426hemi I doubt they are

426hemi I doubt they are having any problems in the Dalton area. Look folks the problem outlined here is explained in the letter from J.J. that clearly exposes the fact that americans are lazy because they don't want to work, and companies are going overseas where workers want jobs. And the good part is we are rewarding companies for this thinking, and CEO's are receiving record bonuses for doing it. Of course if you disagree then you are a socialist aren't you?

disssman
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disssman 10/22/08 - 08:57 pm
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I almost forgot to say isn't

I almost forgot to say isn't it wonderful that this isn't really a problem for most people. If I am not mistaken, the next election isn't about making a living, its about Roe-Vs-Wade and I defy any of you to disprove that statement.

kiseta50
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kiseta50 10/23/08 - 06:40 am
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Last week I was watching a

Last week I was watching a roofing crew put on a new roor next to the place I work. It was about 6 or 7 Spanish looking young men. I was pleased to watch them work very hard, up and down with the bundle of shingles, not one is standing and talking, drinking coffee, That is the reason they are hired before any of the local workers. If you ever watch the City working crew on the side of the road digging, one digs and 6 of them are holding the shovel.

WW1949
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WW1949 10/23/08 - 07:56 am
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kiseta, you hit the nail on

kiseta, you hit the nail on the head. That is why you see lots of Spanish roofing crews because they are hard workers and the roofing companies can depend on them to do the work no matter how hard the job. There are white and black crews that are just as good but they have problems with child support, can't make but so much or they will loose their welfare check or just only want to make what they need and not what the company needs to stay in good shape. Not this way with the Mexican crews, they will work as long and as you will let them.

disssman
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disssman 10/23/08 - 08:09 am
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Kisetall, I was glab to see

Kisetall, I was glab to see you point out how hard they were working. By the way how did you have so much time on your hands (you did say you were WORKING next door) that you could stand around gawking, not a supervisor are you? Oh well, I believe every roofer I have ever seen, worked very hard! Unlike some of them have to work to make a living and they go hungry if they stand around gawking. In conclusion, you stated you saw around 6-7 workers, Hmmm that would be about a $1.5 - $1.75 mil workforce in "Joe the plumber" terms wouldn't it? I am sure the roofing company these guys work for is paying them top dollar, don't you?

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