Department of Numbers

Athens-Clarke County, Georgia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Athens rose 0.3 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Georgia rate. The unemployment rate in Athens peaked in February 2010 at 9.4% and is now 6.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Athens unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Georgia 3.6% -0.1 -0.9
Athens 3.3% +0.3 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Athens, Georgia, National

Athens, Georgia monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Athens, Georgia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Athens peaked in February 2010 at 8,886. There are now 5,484 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,118 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 284. Athens employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Athens, Georgia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Athens 3,402 +284 -813

Number of Unemployed Persons

Athens, Georgia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Georgia
Unemployment Rate
Athens
Unemployment Rate
Athens
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.6% 3.3% 3,402
September
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.0% 3,118
August
2018
3.9% 3.8% 3.2% 3,360
July
2018
3.9% 3.9% 3.3% 3,459
June
2018
4.0% 4.1% 3.5% 3,674
May
2018
3.8% 4.2% 3.6% 3,734
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 3.9% 4,079
March
2018
4.1% 4.4% 4.0% 4,224
February
2018
4.1% 4.4% 4.1% 4,278
January
2018
4.1% 4.5% 4.1% 4,149
December
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.2% 4,211

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.