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Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Atlanta fell 0.2 percentage points in June 2015 to 5.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Georgia rate. The unemployment rate in Atlanta peaked in October 2009 at 10.6% and is now 4.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Atlanta unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate June 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.3% -0.2 -0.8
Georgia 6.1% -0.2 -1.2
Atlanta 5.8% -0.2 -1.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

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 December 2009 at 289,083. There are now 126,609 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Atlanta employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Atlanta, Georgia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons June 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Atlanta 162,474 -6,477 -36,212

Number of Unemployed Persons

Atlanta, Georgia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Georgia
Unemployment Rate
Atlanta
Unemployment Rate
Atlanta
Unemployed
June
2015
5.3% 6.1% 5.8% 162,474
May
2015
5.5% 6.3% 6.0% 168,951
April
2015
5.4% 6.2% 5.9% 166,933
March
2015
5.5% 6.3% 6.0% 168,380
February
2015
5.5% 6.3% 6.0% 167,974
January
2015
5.7% 6.4% 6.0% 168,524
December
2014
5.6% 6.6% 6.2% 172,570
November
2014
5.8% 6.7% 6.3% 177,337
October
2014
5.7% 6.8% 6.5% 182,050
September
2014
5.9% 6.9% 6.7% 187,916
August
2014
6.1% 7.1% 6.9% 194,821
July
2014
6.2% 7.2% 7.0% 198,377

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.