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Athens-Clarke County, Georgia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Athens fell 1.7 percentage points in August 2020 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points lower than the Georgia rate. The unemployment rate in Athens peaked in April 2020 at 11.6% and is now 7.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Athens unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 8.4% -1.8 +4.7
Georgia 5.6% -2.0 +2.3
Athens 4.5% -1.7 +1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2020 data as September 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 10,852. There are now 6,717 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Athens employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Athens, Georgia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Athens 4,135 -1,656 +1,075

Number of Unemployed Persons

Athens, Georgia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Georgia
Unemployment Rate
Athens
Unemployment Rate
Athens
Unemployed
September
2020
7.9%
August
2020
8.4% 5.6% 4.5% 4,135
July
2020
10.2% 7.6% 6.2% 5,791
June
2020
11.1% 7.6% 6.2% 5,754
May
2020
13.3% 9.4% 8.3% 7,847
April
2020
14.7% 12.6% 11.6% 10,852
March
2020
4.4% 4.6% 4.3% 4,250
February
2020
3.5% 3.1% 3.0% 2,971
January
2020
3.6% 3.1% 3.0% 2,916
December
2019
3.5% 3.1% 2.8% 2,773
November
2019
3.5% 3.1% 2.9% 2,833
October
2019
3.6% 3.2% 3.0% 2,908

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.