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Athens-Clarke County, Georgia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Athens fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2019 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Georgia rate. The unemployment rate in Athens peaked in February 2010 at 9.3% and is now 5.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Athens unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Georgia 3.6% -0.1 -0.2
Athens 3.4% -0.1 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 January 2010 at 8,788. There are now 5,385 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Athens employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Athens, Georgia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Athens 3,403 -159 -198

Number of Unemployed Persons

Athens, Georgia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Georgia
Unemployment Rate
Athens
Unemployment Rate
Athens
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 3.6%
July
2019
3.7% 3.6% 3.4% 3,403
June
2019
3.7% 3.7% 3.5% 3,562
May
2019
3.6% 3.8% 3.6% 3,682
April
2019
3.6% 3.8% 3.7% 3,738
March
2019
3.8% 3.9% 3.7% 3,795
February
2019
3.8% 3.9% 3.7% 3,757
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 3.6% 3,704
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.5% 3,577
November
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.5% 3,570
October
2018
3.8% 3.7% 3.5% 3,549

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.