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Athens-Clarke County, Georgia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Athens rose 1.1 percentage points in November 2020 to 4.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than the Georgia rate. The unemployment rate in Athens peaked in April 2020 at 11.6% and is now 6.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.1 percentage points. You can also compare Athens unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Georgia 5.7% +1.2 +2.6
Athens 4.7% +1.1 +1.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 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 10,852. There are now 6,296 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,482 in October 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,074. Athens employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Athens, Georgia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Athens 4,556 +1,074 +1,723

Number of Unemployed Persons

Athens, Georgia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Georgia
Unemployment Rate
Athens
Unemployment Rate
Athens
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 5.7% 4.7% 4,556
October
2020
6.9% 4.5% 3.6% 3,482
September
2020
7.8% 6.3% 4.8% 4,419
August
2020
8.4% 5.7% 4.7% 4,362
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
14.8% 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
3.5% 3.1% 3.0% 2,916

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.