Department of Numbers

Athens-Clarke County, Georgia Job Growth

There were 92,100 jobs in Athens, Georgia in May 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 95,149 employed persons for the month. Athens lost 400 jobs in May 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 33 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Athens job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 92,100 -400 +4,500
CPS 95,149 +33 +7,191

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 7,100 jobs have been lost in Athens according to the employer survey. From a trough of 84,600 in April 2020, Athens has gained 7,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 104,828 for Athens in March 2008. 9,679 jobs have been lost in Athens since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 84,097, Athens has added 11,052 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2021

Athens, Georgia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2021 92,100 -400 95,149 33
April 2021 92,500 -200 95,116 314
March 2021 92,700 500 94,802 358
February 2021 92,200 -400 94,444 385
January 2021 92,600 -100 94,059 411
December 2020 92,700 200 93,648 492
November 2020 92,500 200 93,156 694
October 2020 92,300 1,000 92,462 4,115
September 2020 91,300 0 88,347 -1,426
August 2020 91,300 1,000 89,773 2,229
July 2020 90,300 600 87,544 -462
June 2020 89,700 2,100 88,006 48