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Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Georgia Job Growth

There were 2,718,500 jobs in Atlanta, Georgia in January 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 2,932,555 employed persons for the month. Atlanta added 5,700 jobs in January 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 2,021 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Atlanta job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,718,500 +5,700 -168,200
CPS 2,932,555 -2,021 -92,789

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 2,886,700. Since then 168,200 jobs have been lost in Atlanta according to the employer survey. From a trough of 2,493,400 in April 2020, Atlanta has gained 225,100 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 3,034,341 for Atlanta in December 2019. 101,786 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 380,940 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through January 2021

Atlanta, Georgia Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
January 2021 2,718,500 5,700 2,932,555 -2,021
December 2020 2,712,800 10,900 2,934,576 1,815
November 2020 2,701,900 7,600 2,932,761 5,318
October 2020 2,694,300 15,900 2,927,443 137,051
September 2020 2,678,400 13,100 2,790,392 6,627
August 2020 2,665,300 27,400 2,783,765 6,786
July 2020 2,637,900 12,800 2,776,979 45,737
June 2020 2,625,100 64,200 2,731,242 90,365
May 2020 2,560,900 67,500 2,640,877 89,262
April 2020 2,493,400 -370,900 2,551,615 -423,246
March 2020 2,864,300 -17,400 2,974,861 -55,333
February 2020 2,881,700 -5,000 3,030,194 4,850