Department of Numbers

Georgia Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Georgia fell 0.0 percentage points in January 2017 to 5.5%. 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 5.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.3% in May 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Georgia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
Georgia 5.5% 0.0 -0.1

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

Unemployment Rate: Georgia, National

Georgia monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 2017

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Georgia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Georgia peaked in November 2009 at 503,389. There are now 227,262 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 259,317 in June 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 16,810. Georgia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Georgia 276,127 +2,193 +5,687

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Georgia from 1990 to January 2017

Georgia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Georgia
Unemployment Rate
Georgia
Unemployed
February 2017 4.7%
January 2017 4.8% 5.5% 276,127
December 2016 4.7% 5.5% 273,934
November 2016 4.6% 5.5% 272,252
October 2016 4.8% 5.4% 269,621
September 2016 4.9% 5.4% 266,361
August 2016 4.9% 5.3% 262,765
July 2016 4.9% 5.3% 260,099
June 2016 4.9% 5.3% 259,317
May 2016 4.7% 5.3% 260,587
April 2016 5.0% 5.4% 263,356
March 2016 5.0% 5.5% 266,585