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Athens-Clarke County, Georgia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Athens fell 0.0 percentage points in September 2022 to 2.5%. 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 April 2020 at 11.1% and is now 8.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in July 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Athens unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Georgia 2.8% 0.0 -0.7
Athens 2.5% 0.0 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 10,496. There are now 7,889 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Athens employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Athens, Georgia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Athens 2,607 -39 -358

Number of Unemployed Persons

Athens, Georgia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Georgia
Unemployment Rate
Athens
Unemployment Rate
Athens
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 2.8% 2.5% 2,607
August
2022
3.7% 2.8% 2.5% 2,646
July
2022
3.5% 2.8% 2.5% 2,645
June
2022
3.6% 2.9% 2.7% 2,763
May
2022
3.6% 3.0% 2.7% 2,812
April
2022
3.6% 3.1% 2.8% 2,843
March
2022
3.6% 3.1% 2.8% 2,923
February
2022
3.8% 3.2% 2.8% 2,887
January
2022
4.0% 3.2% 2.8% 2,887
December
2021
3.9% 3.3% 2.9% 2,922
November
2021
4.2% 3.3% 2.9% 2,912

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.