Department of Numbers

Georgia Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Georgia rose 0.1 percentage points in December 2016 to 5.4%. The state unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Georgia peaked in October 2009 at 10.5% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in August 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also see Georgia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
Georgia 5.4% +0.1 -0.1

Note: All comparisons are made with December data as January state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Georgia, National

Georgia monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 2016

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Georgia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Georgia peaked in November 2009 at 503,389. There are now 232,495 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 241,690 in August 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 29,204. Georgia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Georgia 270,894 +6,908 +10,027

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Georgia from 1990 to December 2016

Georgia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Georgia
Unemployment Rate
Georgia
Unemployed
January 2017 4.8%
December 2016 4.7% 5.4% 270,894
November 2016 4.6% 5.3% 263,986
October 2016 4.8% 5.2% 258,034
September 2016 4.9% 5.1% 248,467
August 2016 4.9% 4.9% 241,690
July 2016 4.9% 5.0% 242,486
June 2016 4.9% 5.1% 249,102
May 2016 4.7% 5.3% 255,264
April 2016 5.0% 5.5% 265,707
March 2016 5.0% 5.5% 265,765
February 2016 4.9% 5.4% 261,024