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Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Georgia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Atlanta fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2016 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 5.0% in December 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Atlanta unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.4
Georgia 5.5% 0.0 -0.6
Atlanta 5.2% -0.1 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2016 data as May 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 139,629 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 141,766 in January 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 7,884. Atlanta employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Atlanta, Georgia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Atlanta 149,650 -2,695 -19,993

Number of Unemployed Persons

Atlanta, Georgia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Georgia
Unemployment Rate
Atlanta
Unemployment Rate
Atlanta
Unemployed
May
2016
4.7% 5.3%
April
2016
5.0% 5.5% 5.2% 149,650
March
2016
5.0% 5.5% 5.3% 152,345
February
2016
4.9% 5.4% 5.2% 147,884
January
2016
4.9% 5.4% 5.0% 141,766
December
2015
5.0% 5.5% 5.0% 143,276
November
2015
5.0% 5.5% 5.2% 146,414
October
2015
5.0% 5.5% 5.2% 148,592
September
2015
5.1% 5.6% 5.3% 149,567
August
2015
5.1% 5.6% 5.3% 151,507
July
2015
5.3% 5.7% 5.5% 155,373
June
2015
5.3% 5.8% 5.7% 161,219

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.