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Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Georgia Job Growth

There were 2,726,000 jobs in Atlanta, Georgia in August 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 2,782,724 employed persons for the month. Atlanta added 16,200 jobs in August 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 5,745 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Atlanta job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,726,000 +16,200 -126,500
CPS 2,782,724 +5,745 -215,968

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

Atlanta, Georgia Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Atlanta 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 Atlanta, Georgia

CES employment for Atlanta peaked in January 2020 at 2,888,700. Since then 162,700 jobs have been lost in Atlanta according to the employer survey. From a trough of 2,551,600 in April 2020, Atlanta has gained 174,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 3,034,341 for Atlanta in December 2019. 251,617 jobs have been lost in Atlanta since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 2,551,615, Atlanta has added 231,109 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2020

Atlanta, Georgia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2020 2,726,000 16,200 2,782,724 5,745
July 2020 2,709,800 25,500 2,776,979 45,737
June 2020 2,684,300 86,000 2,731,242 90,365
May 2020 2,598,300 46,700 2,640,877 89,262
April 2020 2,551,600 -312,600 2,551,615 -423,246
March 2020 2,864,200 -17,500 2,974,861 -55,333
February 2020 2,881,700 -7,000 3,030,194 4,850
January 2020 2,888,700 8,700 3,025,344 -8,997
December 2019 2,880,000 8,300 3,034,341 6,757
November 2019 2,871,700 4,800 3,027,584 8,563
October 2019 2,866,900 6,900 3,019,021 9,728
September 2019 2,860,000 7,500 3,009,293 10,601