Atlanta Sets Jobs Records in February

Staff Report From Metro Atlanta CEO

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Atlanta set two records in labor force and employed residents for February. 

According to preliminary data, the 29-county metropolitan statistical area (MSA) also showed a jump in employment for the year.

In Atlanta, the unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage points in February, reaching at 3.3 percent. A year ago, the rate was 3.6 percent.

The labor force increased in February by 15,739 and ended the month with 3,138,407, an all-time high. That number is up 59,056 when compared to February of 2019.

Atlanta ended February with 2,861,700 jobs. That number decreased by 900 from January to February, and increased by 42,400 over the year.

Atlanta finished the month with 3,033,757 employed residents, an all-time high.  That number increased by 12,416 over the month and is up by 65,688 when compared to the same time a year ago.

The number of unemployment claims went down by about 32 percent in February. When compared to last February, claims were up by about 7 percent.