Overall unemployment rate moved up to 3.1% with the biggest shift in Transportation & Utilities, which lost 200 roles, based on the most recently available information published in August 2022.

Total employment in the Athens-Clarke County, GA market declined by 687 jobs in June and the unemployment rate increased compared to the prior month by 60 bps to 3.1%. The national unemployment rate increased by 46 bps over the same time to 3.8%.

  • Athens-Clarke County, GA unemployment rate is 74 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 June versus prior month by 11.3% and are up 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 June 2022

For key employment segments of the market, total jobs declined by -0.3%. Key sectors include:

  • Government: 29,000; no change
  • Transportation & Utilities: 17,500; -200
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 11,400; -100
  • Business Services: 9,500; +100
Athens-Clarke County, GA Unemployment by Industry June 2022

Data is based on the most recent 12 months available, through June 2022 (Data published August 2022 and reports created on August 3, 2022).  Source: Government data agency and locally acquired statistics.

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.