Department of Numbers

Georgia Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Georgia fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2020 to 5.6%. The state unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Georgia peaked in April 2020 at 12.6% and is now 7.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.1 percentage points. You can also see Georgia unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% 0.0 +3.1
Georgia 5.6% -0.1 +2.5

Note: All comparisons are made with December data as January state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Georgia, National

Georgia monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Georgia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Georgia peaked in April 2020 at 614,472. There are now 328,191 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 227,680 in October 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 58,601. Georgia job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Georgia 286,281 -7,252 +124,575

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Georgia from 1990 to December 2020

Georgia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Georgia
Unemployment Rate
Georgia
Unemployed
January 2021 6.3%
December 2020 6.7% 5.6% 286,281
November 2020 6.7% 5.7% 293,533
October 2020 6.9% 4.5% 227,680
September 2020 7.8% 6.3% 313,535
August 2020 8.4% 5.7% 282,138
July 2020 10.2% 7.6% 380,204
June 2020 11.1% 7.6% 373,442
May 2020 13.3% 9.4% 460,404
April 2020 14.8% 12.6% 614,472
March 2020 4.4% 4.6% 239,219
February 2020 3.5% 3.1% 161,147