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Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Georgia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Atlanta rose 1.2 percentage points in November 2020 to 5.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Georgia rate. The unemployment rate in Atlanta peaked in April 2020 at 12.8% and is now 7.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.2 percentage points. You can also compare Atlanta unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Georgia 5.7% +1.2 +2.6
Atlanta 5.8% +1.2 +3.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 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 376,011. There are now 195,720 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 142,290 in October 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 38,001. Atlanta employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Atlanta, Georgia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Atlanta 180,291 +38,001 +91,765

Number of Unemployed Persons

Atlanta, Georgia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Georgia
Unemployment Rate
Atlanta
Unemployment Rate
Atlanta
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 5.7% 5.8% 180,291
October
2020
6.9% 4.5% 4.6% 142,290
September
2020
7.8% 6.3% 6.6% 197,811
August
2020
8.4% 5.7% 6.1% 182,106
July
2020
10.2% 7.6% 8.2% 246,652
June
2020
11.1% 7.6% 8.2% 244,446
May
2020
13.3% 9.4% 10.0% 292,380
April
2020
14.8% 12.6% 12.8% 376,011
March
2020
4.4% 4.6% 4.4% 135,365
February
2020
3.5% 3.1% 3.0% 93,580
January
2020
3.5% 3.1% 2.9% 91,385

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.