Unemployment Rate Trends
Georgia enjoyed lower unemployment rates than the national trend throughout most of the 2000s. In recent years, however, Georgia’s unemployment rate climbed above the national average and has remained higher throughout the recession and weak recovery. The unemployment rate for Georgia during 2010 increased from the 2009 average of 9.7 percent to 10.2 percent. The rate for 2011 edged up to 10.3 percent, but the forecast called for only moderate relief in 2012 with an average annual unemployment rate of 10.1 percent.
Source: Selig Center for Economic Growth, Terry College of Business, University of Georgia