Overall unemployment rate moved up to 3.8% with the biggest shift in Business Services, which lost 700 roles, based on the most recently available information published in April 2022.

Total employment in the Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC market declined by 658 jobs in February and the unemployment rate increased compared to the prior month by 20 bps to 3.8%. The national unemployment rate decreased by 28 bps over the same time to 4.1%.

  • Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC unemployment rate is 34 bps below the national rate which is a positive sign.
  • Unemployment in the market is 70 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 0.4% and are up compared to last year at this time in the market.
Month over Month Unemployment Change
Year over Year Unemployment Change
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC Unemployment February 2022

For key employment segments of the market, total jobs grew by 0.1% . Key sectors include:

  • Transportation & Utilities: 43,700; -100
  • Government: 43,700; +300
  • Education & Healthcare: 35,000; +600
  • Business Services: 31,900; -700
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 25,400; no change
  • Manufacturing: 23,900; +100
  • Construction, Mining: 18,100; no change
  • Other Jobs: 8,600; no change
  • Financial Services: 6,600; no change
  • IT & Development: 2,000; no change
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 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.