Counties with the highest unemployment rate in Georgia

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November 15, 2022
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Counties with the highest unemployment rate in Georgia

Unemployment rates, while significantly lower than the alarming pandemic peak of 14.7% experienced in April 2020, remain a subject of concern, notably as economic experts bandy around the idea of a potential recession by 2023. The last economic recession—the Great Recession of 2008-2010—sent rates up to 10% as of October 2009. It was not until the spring of 2019 that unemployment finally went down to the same level it sits at now.

As of October of this year, national unemployment is at 3.7%, 0.2% higher than in September. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state demonstrate a rather sizable spectrum, ranging from just 2.0% in Minnesota, to 4.5% in Illinois and 4.7% in the District of Columbia. Further breakdown by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows yet another county-based spectrum within each state.

To that end, Stacker compiled a list of counties with the highest unemployment rate in Georgia using data from the BLS. Counties are ranked by unemployment rate in September 2022.

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#50. Lincoln County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
- Total labor force: 3,507 (113 unemployed)
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#49. Seminole County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: -0.5%
--- 1 year change: 0.0%
- Total labor force: 2,962 (96 unemployed)
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#48. Towns County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: -0.8%
--- 1 year change: -0.3%
- Total labor force: 4,273 (137 unemployed)
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#47. Appling County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.3%
--- 1 month change: -0.5%
--- 1 year change: +0.1%
- Total labor force: 8,890 (292 unemployed)
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#46. Jefferson County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.3%
--- 1 month change: -0.6%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
- Total labor force: 6,966 (228 unemployed)

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#45. Montgomery County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.3%
--- 1 month change: -0.8%
--- 1 year change: -0.1%
- Total labor force: 3,724 (124 unemployed)
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#44. Murray County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.3%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -0.4%
- Total labor force: 15,309 (499 unemployed)
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#43. Baker County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.4%
--- 1 month change: -1.0%
--- 1 year change: -1.4%
- Total labor force: 1,119 (38 unemployed)
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#42. Irwin County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.4%
--- 1 month change: -0.7%
--- 1 year change: -0.4%
- Total labor force: 3,527 (119 unemployed)
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#41. Laurens County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.4%
--- 1 month change: -0.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.3%
- Total labor force: 19,183 (643 unemployed)

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#40. Meriwether County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.4%
--- 1 month change: -1.0%
--- 1 year change: -1.1%
- Total labor force: 9,053 (305 unemployed)
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#39. Peach County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.4%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -0.3%
- Total labor force: 11,914 (401 unemployed)
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#38. Toombs County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.4%
--- 1 month change: -0.7%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
- Total labor force: 11,739 (395 unemployed)
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#37. Baldwin County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.5%
--- 1 month change: -0.6%
--- 1 year change: -0.4%
- Total labor force: 17,736 (622 unemployed)
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#36. Early County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.5%
--- 1 month change: -0.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
- Total labor force: 4,203 (149 unemployed)

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#35. Warren County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.5%
--- 1 month change: -0.6%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
- Total labor force: 2,629 (91 unemployed)
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#34. Mitchell County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.6%
--- 1 month change: -1.9%
--- 1 year change: -0.6%
- Total labor force: 7,979 (284 unemployed)
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#33. Stewart County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.6%
--- 1 month change: -0.7%
--- 1 year change: +0.1%
- Total labor force: 2,566 (92 unemployed)
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#32. Wilcox County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.6%
--- 1 month change: -0.5%
--- 1 year change: 0.0%
- Total labor force: 2,701 (96 unemployed)
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#31. Wilkes County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.6%
--- 1 month change: -0.7%
--- 1 year change: -0.4%
- Total labor force: 3,652 (133 unemployed)

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#30. Bleckley County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.7%
--- 1 month change: -0.9%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
- Total labor force: 4,587 (170 unemployed)
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#29. Chattooga County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.7%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -0.4%
- Total labor force: 9,229 (346 unemployed)
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#28. Emanuel County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.7%
--- 1 month change: -0.7%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
- Total labor force: 8,572 (318 unemployed)
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#27. Macon County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.7%
--- 1 month change: -0.9%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
- Total labor force: 4,524 (169 unemployed)
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#26. Treutlen County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.7%
--- 1 month change: -0.7%
--- 1 year change: +0.3%
- Total labor force: 2,560 (94 unemployed)

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#25. Turner County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.7%
--- 1 month change: -1.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.7%
- Total labor force: 3,211 (120 unemployed)
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#24. Washington County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.7%
--- 1 month change: -0.7%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
- Total labor force: 6,541 (239 unemployed)
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#23. Ben Hill County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.7%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
- Total labor force: 5,479 (208 unemployed)
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#22. Jenkins County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.7%
--- 1 year change: -0.2%
- Total labor force: 3,145 (119 unemployed)
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#21. Muscogee County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.6%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
- Total labor force: 75,843 (2,855 unemployed)

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#20. Screven County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.9%
--- 1 year change: -1.2%
- Total labor force: 4,962 (190 unemployed)
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#19. Sumter County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.6%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
- Total labor force: 11,995 (453 unemployed)
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#18. Taylor County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.8%
--- 1 month change: -1.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
- Total labor force: 2,846 (109 unemployed)
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#17. Chattahoochee County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.9%
--- 1 year change: -0.2%
- Total labor force: 1,907 (75 unemployed)
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#16. Clayton County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.5%
--- 1 year change: -1.7%
- Total labor force: 141,562 (5,486 unemployed)

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#15. Dooly County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.9%
--- 1 month change: -1.0%
--- 1 year change: -1.6%
- Total labor force: 4,642 (180 unemployed)
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#14. McDuffie County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.6%
--- 1 year change: -0.6%
- Total labor force: 8,374 (323 unemployed)
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#13. Randolph County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.9%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
- Total labor force: 2,338 (91 unemployed)
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#12. Taliaferro County

- Current unemployment rate: 3.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.2%
- Total labor force: 534 (21 unemployed)
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#11. Richmond County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.0%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
- Total labor force: 82,588 (3,263 unemployed)

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#10. Dougherty County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.1%
--- 1 month change: -0.9%
--- 1 year change: -1.1%
- Total labor force: 36,870 (1,499 unemployed)
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#9. Twiggs County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.2%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.1%
- Total labor force: 2,794 (116 unemployed)
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#8. Terrell County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.4%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -1.3%
- Total labor force: 3,527 (155 unemployed)
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#7. Wheeler County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.6%
--- 1 month change: -1.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.2%
- Total labor force: 1,614 (75 unemployed)
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#6. Hancock County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.7%
--- 1 month change: -0.7%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
- Total labor force: 2,508 (117 unemployed)

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#5. Burke County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.6%
- Total labor force: 8,984 (429 unemployed)
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#4. Crisp County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.5%
--- 1 year change: -2.0%
- Total labor force: 9,295 (443 unemployed)
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#3. Quitman County

- Current unemployment rate: 4.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.6%
--- 1 year change: +0.2%
- Total labor force: 745 (36 unemployed)
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#2. Telfair County

- Current unemployment rate: 5.7%
--- 1 month change: -0.7%
--- 1 year change: -0.6%
- Total labor force: 3,562 (203 unemployed)
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#1. Clay County

- Current unemployment rate: 7.1%
--- 1 month change: -1.2%
--- 1 year change: -2.6%
- Total labor force: 847 (60 unemployed)

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