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Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Georgia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Atlanta fell 0.3 percentage points in September 2017 to 4.1%. 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 January 2010 at 10.7% and is now 6.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Atlanta unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.2 -0.7
Georgia 4.4% -0.3 -1.0
Atlanta 4.1% -0.3 -1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2017 data as October 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 January 2010 at 289,279. There are now 162,572 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Atlanta employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Atlanta, Georgia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Atlanta 126,707 -7,468 -25,558

Number of Unemployed Persons

Atlanta, Georgia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Georgia
Unemployment Rate
Atlanta
Unemployment Rate
Atlanta
Unemployed
October
2017
4.1% 4.3%
September
2017
4.2% 4.4% 4.1% 126,707
August
2017
4.4% 4.7% 4.4% 134,175
July
2017
4.3% 4.7% 4.5% 135,900
June
2017
4.4% 4.8% 4.6% 138,053
May
2017
4.3% 4.9% 4.7% 142,715
April
2017
4.4% 5.0% 4.8% 144,586
March
2017
4.5% 5.1% 4.8% 143,229
February
2017
4.7% 5.3% 4.9% 147,660
January
2017
4.8% 5.5% 5.1% 153,654
December
2016
4.7% 5.5% 5.1% 151,601
November
2016
4.6% 5.5% 5.1% 151,970

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.