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Athens-Clarke County, Georgia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Athens fell 1.2 percentage points in July 2021 to 2.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points lower than the Georgia rate. The unemployment rate in Athens peaked in April 2020 at 11.4% and is now 9.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Athens unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Georgia 3.7% -0.3 -3.9
Athens 2.4% -1.2 -4.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 8,503 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Athens employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Athens, Georgia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Athens 2,321 -1,220 -3,637

Number of Unemployed Persons

Athens, Georgia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Georgia
Unemployment Rate
Athens
Unemployment Rate
Athens
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 3.7% 2.4% 2,321
June
2021
5.9% 4.0% 3.6% 3,541
May
2021
5.8% 4.1% 3.6% 3,595
April
2021
6.1% 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
6.3% 5.1% 3.7% 3,637
December
2020
6.7% 5.3% 4.3% 4,257
November
2020
6.7% 5.6% 4.6% 4,445
October
2020
6.9% 5.9% 4.8% 4,655
September
2020
7.8% 6.5% 5.2% 4,889

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.