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Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Georgia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Atlanta fell 2.5 percentage points in May 2020 to 10.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points higher than the Georgia rate. The unemployment rate in Atlanta peaked in April 2020 at 12.8% and is now 2.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Atlanta unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Georgia 9.4% -3.2 +5.8
Atlanta 10.3% -2.5 +6.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 73,422 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Atlanta employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Atlanta, Georgia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Atlanta 302,589 -73,422 +197,718

Number of Unemployed Persons

Atlanta, Georgia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Georgia
Unemployment Rate
Atlanta
Unemployment Rate
Atlanta
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 7.6%
May
2020
13.3% 9.4% 10.3% 302,589
April
2020
14.7% 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
3.6% 3.1% 2.9% 91,385
December
2019
3.5% 3.1% 2.8% 86,658
November
2019
3.5% 3.1% 2.8% 88,526
October
2019
3.6% 3.2% 2.9% 90,882
September
2019
3.5% 3.2% 3.0% 93,530
August
2019
3.7% 3.3% 3.1% 96,320

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.