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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 August 2019 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Georgia rate. The unemployment rate in Atlanta peaked in November 2009 at 10.7% and is now 7.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in July 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Atlanta unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Georgia 3.6% 0.0 -0.2
Atlanta 3.4% 0.0 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 November 2009 at 290,168. There are now 186,350 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Atlanta employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Atlanta, Georgia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Atlanta 103,818 -1,605 -6,024

Number of Unemployed Persons

Atlanta, Georgia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Georgia
Unemployment Rate
Atlanta
Unemployment Rate
Atlanta
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 3.6% 3.4% 103,818
July
2019
3.7% 3.6% 3.4% 105,423
June
2019
3.7% 3.7% 3.5% 108,794
May
2019
3.6% 3.8% 3.6% 110,853
April
2019
3.6% 3.8% 3.7% 112,174
March
2019
3.8% 3.9% 3.7% 114,292
February
2019
3.8% 3.9% 3.7% 113,762
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 3.7% 112,753
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.6% 109,371
November
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.5% 109,005
October
2018
3.8% 3.7% 3.5% 108,347

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.