Athens Sees an All-Time Low Unemployment Rate

Friday, October 29th, 2021

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Athens recorded an all-time low unemployment rate of 2.1 percent, down seven-tenths of a percent over the month.  A year ago, the rate was 5.1 percent.

"We are seeing all-time low unemployment rates throughout the state of Georgia reflecting an economy that is continuing to rapidly recover,” said Commissioner Mark Butler. “We are working with employers across the state to post, recruit, and fill critical positions in preparation for a strong holiday employment season.”

The labor force increased in Athens by 772 and ended the month with 98,395. That number is up 4,283 when compared to September of 2020.

Athens finished the month with 96,304 employed residents.  That number increased by 1,402 over the month and is up by 6,974 when compared to the same time a year ago.

Athens ended September with 94,700 jobs. That number increased by 1,600 from August to September and increased by 2,800 when compared to this time last year.

  The number of unemployment claims went down by 51 percent in Athens in September. When compared to last September, claims were down by about 93 percent.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at showed about 2,645 active job postings in Athens for September.

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