Department of Numbers

NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Atlanta fell 0.2 percentage points in December 2014 to 6.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Georgia rate. The unemployment rate in Atlanta peaked in October 2009 at 10.4% and is now 3.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.8% in February 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Atlanta unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Georgia 6.6% -0.1 -0.8
Atlanta 6.8% -0.2 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 data as January metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Atlanta, Georgia, National

Atlanta, Georgia monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Atlanta, Georgia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Atlanta peaked in November 2009 at 277,596. There are now 93,578 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Atlanta employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Atlanta, Georgia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Atlanta 184,018 -6,033 -10,404

Number of Unemployed Persons

Atlanta, Georgia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Georgia
Unemployment Rate
Atlanta
Unemployment Rate
Atlanta
Unemployed
May
2015
5.5% 6.3%
April
2015
5.4% 6.2%
March
2015
5.5% 6.3%
February
2015
5.5% 6.3%
January
2015
5.7% 6.4%
December
2014
5.6% 6.6% 6.8% 184,018
November
2014
5.8% 6.7% 7.0% 190,051
October
2014
5.7% 6.8% 7.2% 197,704
September
2014
5.9% 6.9% 7.5% 204,991
August
2014
6.1% 7.1% 7.6% 207,614
July
2014
6.2% 7.2% 7.4% 202,673
June
2014
6.1% 7.3% 7.2% 198,225

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.