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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 December 2015 to 5.1%. 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 10.6% and is now 5.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Atlanta unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Georgia 5.5% -0.1 -1.1
Atlanta 5.1% -0.1 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 data as January 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 December 2009 at 289,083. There are now 144,524 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Atlanta employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Atlanta, Georgia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Atlanta 144,559 -3,026 -28,011

Number of Unemployed Persons

Atlanta, Georgia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Georgia
Unemployment Rate
Atlanta
Unemployment Rate
Atlanta
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 5.5% 5.1% 144,559
November
2015
5.0% 5.6% 5.2% 147,585
October
2015
5.0% 5.7% 5.4% 152,516
September
2015
5.1% 5.8% 5.5% 153,401
August
2015
5.1% 5.8% 5.5% 155,347
July
2015
5.3% 6.0% 5.7% 161,031
June
2015
5.3% 6.1% 5.7% 161,812
May
2015
5.5% 6.3% 6.0% 168,951
April
2015
5.4% 6.2% 5.9% 166,933
March
2015
5.5% 6.3% 6.0% 168,380
February
2015
5.5% 6.3% 6.0% 167,974

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.