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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 2021 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Georgia rate. The unemployment rate in Atlanta peaked in April 2020 at 12.9% and is now 10.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in July 2021, 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 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.2% -0.2 -3.2
Georgia 3.5% -0.2 -3.5
Atlanta 2.9% 0.0 -4.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2021 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 April 2020 at 387,369. There are now 297,268 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 90,016 in July 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 85. Atlanta employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Atlanta, Georgia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Atlanta 90,101 +85 -129,615

Number of Unemployed Persons

Atlanta, Georgia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Georgia
Unemployment Rate
Atlanta
Unemployment Rate
Atlanta
Unemployed
September
2021
4.8%
August
2021
5.2% 3.5% 2.9% 90,101
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
6.1% 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
6.3% 5.1% 4.7% 141,783
December
2020
6.7% 5.3% 5.6% 172,278
November
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.7% 175,613
October
2020
6.9% 5.9% 5.8% 178,853

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.