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Athens-Clarke County, Georgia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Athens fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2021 to 2.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Georgia rate. The unemployment rate in Athens peaked in April 2020 at 11.4% and is now 9.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.3% in October 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Athens unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Georgia 2.8% -0.3 -2.8
Athens 2.3% 0.0 -2.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 April 2020 at 10,824. There are now 8,583 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Athens employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Athens, Georgia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Athens 2,241 -49 -2,204

Number of Unemployed Persons

Athens, Georgia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Georgia
Unemployment Rate
Athens
Unemployment Rate
Athens
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 2.8% 2.3% 2,241
October
2021
4.6% 3.1% 2.3% 2,290
September
2021
4.7% 3.3% 2.4% 2,326
August
2021
5.2% 3.5% 2.4% 2,376
July
2021
5.4% 3.7% 2.4% 2,363
June
2021
5.9% 4.0% 3.6% 3,541
May
2021
5.8% 4.1% 3.6% 3,595
April
2021
6.0% 4.3% 3.6% 3,592
March
2021
6.0% 4.5% 3.7% 3,608
February
2021
6.2% 4.8% 3.7% 3,650
January
2021
6.4% 5.1% 3.7% 3,637

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.