Friday, March 29, 2013
The rate was 9.3 percent in February a year ago.
(Editor's note: the following information was provided by the Georgia Department of Labor.) ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate declined to 8.3 percent in February, down four-tenths of a percentage point from 8.7 percent in January. The rate was 9.3 percent in February a year ago. The rate declined because the number of jobs increased and there were fewer new layoffs, which were represented by initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits. The number of jobs in metro Atlanta increased by 6,400, climbing to 2,369,000 from 2,362,600 in January. Most of the growth came in professional and business services, 5,000, and education and health care, 2,500. Some seasonal jobs were …
Friday, January 25, 2013
Gwinnett unemployment rose from 8.0 to 8.4 last month.
Friday, January 25
A press release from the Georgia Department of Labor reports that the preliminary unemployment rate in metro Atlanta rose to 8.4 percent in December, up four-tenths of a percentage point from 8.0 percent in November. Gwinnett County falls into the metro Atlanta region. The rate was 8.9 percent in December 2011. The rate rose because of a combination of factors – a slight increase in initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits and an increase in the labor force, as more people began searching for work. There were 115 more new claims for unemployment benefits in construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, and accommodations and food services. While the initial claims were up from November to December…
Friday, August 24, 2012
The number of unemployed workers hasn't wavered much since 2009.
The career fair at Snellville United Methodist this past Tuesday had 97 percent more jobseekers than last year, from 385 to 682. Greg Purves, one of the leaders with Crossroads Career Network, which initiated the career fair, does not believe that much has changed since the 2008 recession. The percentage of unemployed in Georgia is at 9.3 percent. That number does not reflect people who have run out of unemployment benefits and are still unemployed, or those who work part-time. “Employers right now are holding back,” he said. “They hesitate because if they need to add another shift, they don’t know what’s going to happen. We need to get more companies that are wiling to invest in human capital.” With less than 90 days until the big …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
The long-term unemployed, out of work for more than 26 weeks, account for 51 percent of those unemployed in Georgia.
The news on the jobs front for Georgia coming out of the Georgia Department of Labor Thursday indicated the state is not yet moving in the right direction. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 9.3 percent in July, which is up from 9.0 percent in June. It is however, better than it was at 10 percent a year ago. “One of the main reasons for the increase in the unemployment rate was a large number of temporary layoffs in manufacturing,” Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in the release, “but many of those people have already gone back to work.” There were 56,540 first-time claims reported for unemployment insurance benefits in July. This was up 7,661, or 15.7 percent, from last month. Most of the increase reportedly…
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Job seekers came to a Snellville career fair, co-sponsored by the state Department of Labor, in hopes of beating the effects of a down economy.
Snellville United Methodist Church hosted its seventh annual job fair on Tuesday, August 23. According to coordinator Greg Purves, this is the largest one so far. “Unfortunately they keep growing,” Purves said, alluding to the increase in jobless attendees. “We hope to eventually give a job fair where nobody shows up!” He estimates about 450 job seekers were in attendance. Last year, there were a little more than 350. As of June, 2011, Gwinnett County has a 9.4% unemployment rate. The event was sponsored by Crossroads Career Network, a ministry hosted by Snellville UMC, and the Georgia Department of Labor. Crossroads Career Network aims to help job seekers in their search for employment by providing networking events, but also by …