Department of Numbers

Athens-Clarke County, Georgia Job Growth

There were 92,400 jobs in Athens, Georgia in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 94,760 employed persons for the month. Athens lost 200 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 38 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Athens job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 92,400 -200 -5,600
CPS 94,760 +38 -1,434

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Athens, Georgia Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Athens as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment for Athens, Georgia

CES employment for Athens peaked in July 2018 at 99,200. Since then 6,800 jobs have been lost in Athens according to the employer survey. From a trough of 84,600 in April 2020, Athens has gained 7,800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 105,775 for Athens in March 2008. 11,015 jobs have been lost in Athens since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 82,793, Athens has added 11,967 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Athens, Georgia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 92,400 -200 94,760 38
January 2021 92,600 -100 94,722 1,611
December 2020 92,700 200 93,111 111
November 2020 92,500 200 93,000 277
October 2020 92,300 1,000 92,723 4,889
September 2020 91,300 0 87,834 -692
August 2020 91,300 1,000 88,526 527
July 2020 90,300 600 87,999 524
June 2020 89,700 2,100 87,475 418
May 2020 87,600 3,000 87,057 4,264
April 2020 84,600 -12,800 82,793 -10,853
March 2020 97,400 -600 93,646 -2,548