Overall unemployment rate moved down to 3.6% with the biggest shift in Restaurants & Hotels, which gained 1,000 roles, based on the most recently available information published in April 2022.

Total employment in the Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC market rose by 1,565 jobs in March and the unemployment rate decreased compared to the prior month by 20 bps to 3.6%. The national unemployment rate decreased by 39 bps over the same time to 3.8%.

  • Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC unemployment rate is 15 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 March versus prior month by 2.6% and are down 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 March 2022

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

  • Transportation & Utilities: 43,600; -200
  • Government: 43,400; -100
  • Education & Healthcare: 35,200; +200
  • Business Services: 32,400; +100
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 26,500; +1,000
  • Manufacturing: 23,800; -100
  • Construction, Mining: 18,300; +100
  • 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 March 2022

Data is based on the most recent 12 months available, through March 2022 (Data published April 2022 and reports created on April 27, 2022).  Source: Government data agency and locally acquired statistics.

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.