Overall unemployment rate stayed flat at 2.9% with the biggest shift in Transportation & Utilities, which lost 200 roles, based on the most recently available information published in April 2022.

Total employment in the Athens-Clarke County, GA market rose by 42 jobs in February and the unemployment rate stayed flat. The national unemployment rate decreased by 28 bps over the same time to 4.1%.

  • Athens-Clarke County, GA unemployment rate is 124 bps below the national rate which is a positive sign.
  • Unemployment in the market is 90 bps below the unemployment rate in the market last year at this time, which is a positive.
  • Average wages (per hour) grew in February versus prior month by 6.6% and are down compared to last year at this time in the market.
Month over Month Unemployment Change
Year over Year Unemployment Change
Athens-Clarke County, GA Unemployment February 2022

For key employment segments of the market, total jobs grew by 0.2% . Key sectors include:

  • Government: 28,700; +100
  • Transportation & Utilities: 17,400; -200
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 11,100; +200
  • Business Services: 9,100; no change
Athens-Clarke County, GA Unemployment by Industry February 2022

Data is based on the most recent 12 months available, through February 2022 (Data published April 2022 and reports created on April 6, 2022).  Source: Government data agency and locally acquired statistics.

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.