Department of Numbers

Athens-Clarke County, Georgia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Athens rose 0.2 percentage points in November 2017 to 4.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Georgia rate. The unemployment rate in Athens peaked in December 2010 at 9.5% and is now 5.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in September 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Athens unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Georgia 4.3% 0.0 -1.2
Athens 4.3% +0.2 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Athens, Georgia, National

Athens, Georgia monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Athens, Georgia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Athens peaked in February 2010 at 8,903. There are now 4,541 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,113 in September 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 249. Athens employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Athens, Georgia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Athens 4,362 +208 -980

Number of Unemployed Persons

Athens, Georgia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Georgia
Unemployment Rate
Athens
Unemployment Rate
Athens
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.3% 4.3% 4,362
October
2017
4.1% 4.3% 4.1% 4,154
September
2017
4.2% 4.4% 4.1% 4,113
August
2017
4.4% 4.7% 4.4% 4,433
July
2017
4.3% 4.7% 4.5% 4,509
June
2017
4.3% 4.8% 4.6% 4,618
May
2017
4.3% 4.9% 4.8% 4,749
April
2017
4.4% 5.0% 4.9% 4,899
March
2017
4.5% 5.1% 4.9% 4,813
February
2017
4.7% 5.3% 5.0% 4,923
January
2017
4.8% 5.5% 5.2% 5,095

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.