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Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Georgia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Atlanta rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.3%. 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 October 2009 at 10.6% and is now 7.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Atlanta unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Georgia 3.6% -0.1 -0.9
Atlanta 3.3% +0.1 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 289,135. There are now 185,582 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 98,279 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,274. Atlanta employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Atlanta, Georgia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Atlanta 103,553 +5,274 -25,063

Number of Unemployed Persons

Atlanta, Georgia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Georgia
Unemployment Rate
Atlanta
Unemployment Rate
Atlanta
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.6% 3.3% 103,553
September
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.2% 98,279
August
2018
3.9% 3.8% 3.4% 105,606
July
2018
3.9% 3.9% 3.5% 109,513
June
2018
4.0% 4.1% 3.6% 113,142
May
2018
3.8% 4.2% 3.7% 113,185
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 3.9% 122,051
March
2018
4.1% 4.4% 4.1% 127,692
February
2018
4.1% 4.4% 4.2% 129,707
January
2018
4.1% 4.5% 4.2% 127,714
December
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.2% 129,055

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.