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Valdosta, Georgia Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Valdosta fell 2.2 percentage points in August 2020 to 4.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the Georgia rate. The unemployment rate in Valdosta peaked in April 2020 at 10.3% and is now 5.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Valdosta unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 8.4% -1.8 +4.7
Georgia 5.6% -2.0 +2.3
Valdosta 4.8% -2.2 +1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2020 data as September metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Valdosta, Georgia, National

Valdosta, Georgia monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Valdosta, Georgia Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Valdosta peaked in August 2011 at 6,456. There are now 3,513 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,010 in December 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 933. Valdosta employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Valdosta, Georgia) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Valdosta 2,943 -1,402 +785

Number of Unemployed Persons

Valdosta, Georgia Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Georgia
Unemployment Rate
Valdosta
Unemployment Rate
Valdosta
Unemployed
September
2020
7.9%
August
2020
8.4% 5.6% 4.8% 2,943
July
2020
10.2% 7.6% 7.0% 4,345
June
2020
11.1% 7.6% 6.2% 3,775
May
2020
13.3% 9.4% 7.9% 4,787
April
2020
14.7% 12.6% 10.3% 6,218
March
2020
4.4% 4.6% 4.5% 2,872
February
2020
3.5% 3.1% 3.3% 2,123
January
2020
3.6% 3.1% 3.3% 2,086
December
2019
3.5% 3.1% 3.1% 2,010
November
2019
3.5% 3.1% 3.2% 2,043
October
2019
3.6% 3.2% 3.3% 2,081

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.