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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 September 2022 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 12.8% and is now 10.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Atlanta unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Georgia 2.8% 0.0 -0.7
Atlanta 2.7% -0.1 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 379,921. There are now 293,164 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Atlanta employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Atlanta, Georgia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Atlanta 86,757 -1,936 -20,385

Number of Unemployed Persons

Atlanta, Georgia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Georgia
Unemployment Rate
Atlanta
Unemployment Rate
Atlanta
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 2.8% 2.7% 86,757
August
2022
3.7% 2.8% 2.8% 88,693
July
2022
3.5% 2.8% 2.8% 90,043
June
2022
3.6% 2.9% 2.9% 93,895
May
2022
3.6% 3.0% 3.0% 95,729
April
2022
3.6% 3.1% 3.1% 98,248
March
2022
3.6% 3.1% 3.2% 101,180
February
2022
3.8% 3.2% 3.1% 100,141
January
2022
4.0% 3.2% 3.2% 101,138
December
2021
3.9% 3.3% 3.3% 103,689
November
2021
4.2% 3.3% 3.3% 103,146

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.