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Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Atlanta fell 0.1 percentage points in September 2014 to 7.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Georgia rate. The unemployment rate in Atlanta peaked in October 2009 at 10.4% and is now 2.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.8% in February 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Atlanta unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.9% -0.2 -1.3
Georgia 7.9% -0.2 -0.1
Atlanta 7.5% -0.1 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2014 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 November 2009 at 277,596. There are now 72,427 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 186,187 in February 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 18,982. Atlanta employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Atlanta, Georgia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Atlanta 205,169 -2,445 -1,594

Number of Unemployed Persons

Atlanta, Georgia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Georgia
Unemployment Rate
Atlanta
Unemployment Rate
Atlanta
Unemployed
October
2014
5.8% 7.7%
September
2014
5.9% 7.9% 7.5% 205,169
August
2014
6.1% 8.1% 7.6% 207,614
July
2014
6.2% 7.7% 7.4% 202,673
June
2014
6.1% 7.4% 7.2% 198,225
May
2014
6.3% 7.2% 7.1% 196,202
April
2014
6.3% 6.9% 6.9% 188,842
March
2014
6.7% 7.0% 6.8% 186,601
February
2014
6.7% 7.1% 6.8% 186,187
January
2014
6.6% 7.3% 7.0% 189,780
December
2013
6.7% 7.4% 7.2% 194,422
November
2013
7.0% 7.6% 7.3% 197,967
October
2013
7.2% 7.8% 7.4% 202,169

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.