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Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Georgia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Atlanta fell 0.1 percentage points in November 2021 to 2.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Georgia rate. The unemployment rate in Atlanta peaked in April 2020 at 12.9% and is now 10.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Atlanta unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Georgia 2.8% -0.3 -2.8
Atlanta 2.7% -0.1 -3.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 April 2020 at 387,369. There are now 304,497 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Atlanta employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Atlanta, Georgia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Atlanta 82,872 -3,216 -92,741

Number of Unemployed Persons

Atlanta, Georgia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Georgia
Unemployment Rate
Atlanta
Unemployment Rate
Atlanta
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 2.8% 2.7% 82,872
October
2021
4.6% 3.1% 2.8% 86,088
September
2021
4.7% 3.3% 2.9% 88,910
August
2021
5.2% 3.5% 3.0% 91,210
July
2021
5.4% 3.7% 2.9% 90,016
June
2021
5.9% 4.0% 4.2% 130,579
May
2021
5.8% 4.1% 4.2% 131,260
April
2021
6.0% 4.3% 4.3% 132,220
March
2021
6.0% 4.5% 4.3% 131,377
February
2021
6.2% 4.8% 4.3% 130,575
January
2021
6.4% 5.1% 4.7% 141,783

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.