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Athens-Clarke County, Georgia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Athens fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2018 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Georgia rate. The unemployment rate in Athens peaked in February 2010 at 9.4% and is now 5.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Athens unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% -0.2 -0.5
Georgia 4.3% -0.1 -0.6
Athens 3.9% -0.1 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2018 data as May 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 4,809 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Athens employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Athens, Georgia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Athens 4,077 -147 -599

Number of Unemployed Persons

Athens, Georgia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Georgia
Unemployment Rate
Athens
Unemployment Rate
Athens
Unemployed
May
2018
3.8% 4.2%
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 3.9% 4,077
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
November
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.2% 4,229
October
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.2% 4,215
September
2017
4.2% 4.5% 4.2% 4,248
August
2017
4.4% 4.5% 4.3% 4,337
July
2017
4.3% 4.6% 4.3% 4,383
June
2017
4.3% 4.7% 4.3% 4,423

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.