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Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Georgia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Atlanta rose 0.1 percentage points in January 2017 to 5.2%. 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 5.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.8% in May 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Atlanta unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
Georgia 5.5% 0.0 -0.1
Atlanta 5.2% +0.1 +0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2017 data as February 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 135,283 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 138,716 in May 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 15,280. Atlanta employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Atlanta, Georgia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Atlanta 153,996 +1,926 +12,230

Number of Unemployed Persons

Atlanta, Georgia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Georgia
Unemployment Rate
Atlanta
Unemployment Rate
Atlanta
Unemployed
February
2017
4.7%
January
2017
4.8% 5.5% 5.2% 153,996
December
2016
4.7% 5.5% 5.1% 152,070
November
2016
4.6% 5.5% 5.0% 149,285
October
2016
4.8% 5.4% 5.1% 149,732
September
2016
4.9% 5.4% 5.0% 146,068
August
2016
4.9% 5.3% 4.8% 139,640
July
2016
4.9% 5.3% 4.8% 140,191
June
2016
4.9% 5.3% 4.8% 140,708
May
2016
4.7% 5.3% 4.8% 138,716
April
2016
5.0% 5.4% 5.2% 149,279
March
2016
5.0% 5.5% 5.3% 152,345

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.