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Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Georgia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Atlanta fell 0.4 percentage points in May 2016 to 4.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Georgia rate. The unemployment rate in Atlanta peaked in January 2010 at 10.7% and is now 5.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Atlanta unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.3 -0.8
Georgia 5.3% -0.2 -0.6
Atlanta 4.8% -0.4 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2016 data as June 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 150,339 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Atlanta employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Atlanta, Georgia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Atlanta 138,940 -10,339 -28,418

Number of Unemployed Persons

Atlanta, Georgia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Georgia
Unemployment Rate
Atlanta
Unemployment Rate
Atlanta
Unemployed
June
2016
4.9% 5.1%
May
2016
4.7% 5.3% 4.8% 138,940
April
2016
5.0% 5.5% 5.2% 149,279
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

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.