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Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Atlanta fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2014 to 6.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Georgia rate. The unemployment rate in Atlanta peaked in November 2009 at 10.5% and is now 3.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.9% in January 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Atlanta unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
Georgia 7.1% -0.2 -1.4
Atlanta 6.9% 0.0 -1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2014 data as March 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 279,030. There are now 91,450 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Atlanta employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Atlanta, Georgia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Atlanta 187,580 -951 -42,932

Number of Unemployed Persons

Atlanta, Georgia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Georgia
Unemployment Rate
Atlanta
Unemployment Rate
Atlanta
Unemployed
March
2014
6.7% 7.0%
February
2014
6.7% 7.1% 6.9% 187,580
January
2014
6.6% 7.3% 6.9% 188,531
December
2013
6.7% 7.4% 7.1% 192,010
November
2013
7.0% 7.6% 7.3% 198,327
October
2013
7.2% 7.8% 7.6% 206,472
September
2013
7.2% 8.0% 7.8% 213,474
August
2013
7.2% 8.2% 8.1% 224,766
July
2013
7.3% 8.3% 8.4% 231,883
June
2013
7.5% 8.4% 8.3% 229,715
May
2013
7.5% 8.4% 8.2% 225,863
April
2013
7.5% 8.3% 8.1% 222,533
March
2013
7.5% 8.4% 8.2% 226,569

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.