Augusta Sees Hike in Unemployment Rate

Friday, January 28th, 2022

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Augusta recorded an unemployment rate of 2.7 percent, up two-tenths of a percent over the month.  A year ago, the rate was 5.3 percent. Despite this, Augusta saw highs in the labor force, number of employed, and jobs in the month of December.
“Job numbers are up across Georgia, and our focus in 2022 is encouraging people to enter the workforce to help businesses provide the goods and services necessary for Georgia’s economy to continue to grow,” said Commissioner Mark Butler.
The labor force increased in Augusta by 1,442 and ended the month with 267,115. That number is down 3,020 when compared to December of 2020.
Augusta finished the month with 259,770 employed residents.  That number increased by 772 over the month and is up by 3,979 when compared to the same time a year ago. 
Augusta ended December with 240,900 jobs. That number was up by 1,600 from November to December and increased by 900 when compared to this time last year.

The number of unemployment claims went up by 13 percent in Augusta in December. When compared to last December, claims were down by about 81 percent.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at showed about 7,907 active job postings in Augusta for December.