Ga. Labor Dept. issues dire estimate of underemployed

Monday, Jan. 18, 2010 12:32 PM
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ATLANTA -- Nearly 100,000 Georgians have jobs they are trying to leave and another 26,700 are so discouraged they have given up looking for work, according to figures released today by the Department of Labor.

Job-seeker advocates have often mentioned the large number of "under employed" workers, but this is the first time researchers have released a specific figure, according to Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond. Since they have part-time jobs, he said, they aren't counted among the unemployed and don't show up in other government statistics.

Georgia's formal count of unemployed totals 463,000. With the under employed and discouraged workers added in, nearly 600,000 seeking work.

Thurmond released the figures during a Jobs Summit his agency is hosting to discuss policy options.

A growing number of the unemployed and under employed are white-collar workers who have been laid off and continue to search for positions like the ones they lost. Often it takes them longer to find a job because they are reluctant to get new training until they acknowledge their old profession no longer exists, he said.

"I hope you can give us some ideas on how to reach these professionals because a lot of this is psychological," he said.

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corgimom
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corgimom 01/18/10 - 02:38 pm
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This isn't just in Georgia,

This isn't just in Georgia, you should see Southern California. It's much worse there.

LadyCisback
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LadyCisback 01/18/10 - 03:08 pm
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It's bad everywhere... not

It's bad everywhere... not just here in the US.. everywhere..... this is a worldwide issue.. a global issue...

jamesj
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jamesj 01/18/10 - 03:16 pm
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What numbers are wrong here?

What numbers are wrong here?

grinder48
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grinder48 01/18/10 - 03:16 pm
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This problem is a direct

Unpublished

This problem is a direct result of Bush I and Bill Clinton sending US jobs overseas with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Of course GW Bush wouldn't rescind a treaty put in place by his father, even though Clinton strongly supported and implemented it. OK Mr Change Obama, bring our manufacturing jobs back to the US, get us out of NAFTA! And to those not familiar with NAFTA, either take time to learn or just accept it. That's where our jobs went!

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jamesj 01/18/10 - 03:22 pm
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9,829,211 population and

9,829,211 population and Georgia’s formal count of unemployed totals 463,000 that’s only a 4.71 % unemployment rate

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Riverman1 01/18/10 - 03:25 pm
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Those out of work infants

Those out of work infants skew it, James. Heh.

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Riverman1 01/18/10 - 03:26 pm
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Seriously, we are doomed as

Seriously, we are doomed as analyst Marc Faber says today. There is no more money for another stimulus. China's bubble is going to burst soon.

jamesj
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jamesj 01/18/10 - 03:28 pm
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I bet that’s only the number

I bet that’s only the number that receive unemployment checks. the website has 100,896 Unemployment claims...

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superhawk007 01/18/10 - 03:31 pm
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Run Run Run for lives the SKY

Run Run Run for lives the SKY IS FALLING. No Really it is. The end is near Mathew 24. When you see these things start to occur. ETC BYE Bye cruel world.

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Chillen 01/18/10 - 03:43 pm
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These numbers don't make

These numbers don't make sense. The reported Georgia unemployment is 10.2%. That would be over 1 million residents unemployed..but this article quotes much less. Where does the 463,000 # come from? Morris News Service should check their numbers and do a re-write to clarify everything.

Riverman if you think Marc Faber is scary, check out Gerald Celente. Don't do it right before you go to bed though, you won't sleep.

Bottom line, save your money people. Tighten your wallets and prepare for the worst. Then if, hopefully, the best happens, you'll be that much better off.

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Riverman1 01/18/10 - 04:07 pm
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You guys have to realize the

You guys have to realize the work force of the state is not the entire population. Thus my earlier comment. Kids, the elderly and others don't work.

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genbartow 01/18/10 - 04:09 pm
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You could say the unions

You could say the unions caused NAFTA, and the loss of jobs in the USA.
Corporations left the US to get away from unions because in the end, if the quality is the same, the lowest cost produt is the one that sells.
Unions inflate the costs of production by such 'co ncessions" as getting paid when they aren't wporking or pushing work forward to the weekends so they can get double time for it.

Chillen
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Chillen 01/18/10 - 04:49 pm
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Duhhh, why didn't I think of

Duhhh, why didn't I think of that!? Thanks for clarifying riverman. Now this makes sense.

Chillen
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Chillen 01/18/10 - 04:52 pm
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And ha-ha, I reread you

And ha-ha, I reread you comment and I thought you were calling the other posters infants, I missed where the comma was placed.

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imdstuf 01/18/10 - 04:53 pm
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Yes Gen, unions or just

Yes Gen, unions or just people in general wanting fair wages caused it. I guess if we were willing to work 80 hours for $5 a week still jobs would not leave.

Chillen
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Chillen 01/18/10 - 05:10 pm
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imdstuf I really don't think

imdstuf I really don't think that genbartow was suggesting union members work for $5 per week. Nice exaggeration and deflection of his point.

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corgimom 01/18/10 - 06:08 pm
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I know several people that

I know several people that are in this position. They still keep wasting their time, chasing jobs that no longer exist.

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jamesj 01/18/10 - 09:41 pm
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so only half of georgia's

so only half of georgia's population will /can work, 10% of them are unemployed.... we are in deep crap.

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