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Augusta-Richmond County, Georgia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Augusta rose 1.1 percentage points in November 2020 to 5.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Georgia rate. The unemployment rate in Augusta peaked in April 2020 at 10.9% and is now 5.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.1 percentage points. You can also compare Augusta 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
Augusta 5.0% +1.1 +1.9
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: Augusta, Georgia, National

Augusta, Georgia monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Augusta, Georgia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Augusta peaked in April 2020 at 28,032. There are now 15,038 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 10,168 in October 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,826. Augusta employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Augusta, Georgia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Augusta 12,994 +2,826 +4,635

Number of Unemployed Persons

Augusta, Georgia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Georgia
Unemployment Rate
Augusta
Unemployment Rate
Augusta
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 5.7% 5.0% 12,994
October
2020
6.9% 4.5% 3.9% 10,168
September
2020
7.8% 6.3% 5.2% 13,068
August
2020
8.4% 5.7% 5.1% 12,950
July
2020
10.2% 7.6% 6.8% 17,630
June
2020
11.1% 7.6% 6.8% 17,509
May
2020
13.3% 9.4% 9.0% 23,327
April
2020
14.8% 12.6% 10.9% 28,032
March
2020
4.4% 4.6% 4.2% 11,305
February
2020
3.5% 3.1% 3.3% 8,885
January
2020
3.5% 3.1% 3.2% 8,648

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.