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Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Georgia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Atlanta fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2018 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Georgia rate. The unemployment rate in Atlanta peaked in January 2010 at 10.7% and is now 6.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in September 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Atlanta unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Georgia 4.5% 0.0 -0.7
Atlanta 4.2% 0.0 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Atlanta, Georgia, National

Atlanta, Georgia monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Atlanta, Georgia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Atlanta peaked in January 2010 at 289,279. There are now 159,099 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 125,908 in September 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,272. Atlanta employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Atlanta, Georgia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Atlanta 130,180 +2,245 -17,480

Number of Unemployed Persons

Atlanta, Georgia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Georgia
Unemployment Rate
Atlanta
Unemployment Rate
Atlanta
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 4.5% 4.2% 130,180
January
2018
4.1% 4.5% 4.2% 127,935
December
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.3% 131,055
November
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.3% 131,216
October
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.1% 125,962
September
2017
4.2% 4.5% 4.1% 125,908
August
2017
4.4% 4.5% 4.4% 134,175
July
2017
4.3% 4.6% 4.5% 135,900
June
2017
4.3% 4.7% 4.6% 138,053
May
2017
4.3% 4.8% 4.7% 142,715
April
2017
4.4% 4.9% 4.8% 144,586

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.