Overall unemployment rate moved up to 3.0% with the biggest shift in Government, which gained 8,300 roles, based on the most recently available information published in September 2022.

Total employment in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA market declined by 20,468 jobs in August and the unemployment rate increased compared to the prior month by 20 bps to 3.0%. The national unemployment rate stayed flat over the same time period at 3.8%.

  • Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA unemployment rate is 79 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 August versus prior month by 3.5% and are down compared to last year at this time in the market.
Month over Month Unemployment Change
Year over Year Unemployment Change
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Unemployment August 2022

For key employment segments of the market, total jobs grew by 0.4% . Key sectors include:

  • Transportation & Utilities: 640,000; -1,400
  • Business Services: 601,600; +3,800
  • Education & Healthcare: 390,700; +4,700
  • Government: 331,100; +8,300
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 293,300; -7,100
  • Financial Services: 198,000; +1,100
  • Manufacturing: 175,300; -1,900
  • Construction, Mining: 133,800; +700
  • IT & Development: 123,300; +2,300
  • Other Jobs: 103,200; no change
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Unemployment by Industry August 2022

Data is based on the most recent 12 months available, through August 2022 (Data published September 2022 and reports created on September 28, 2022).  Source: Government data agency and locally acquired statistics.

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.