Key insights – Updated 04/08/2021:

  • There were 16,802 initial unemployment insurance claims in the 10-County area the week of March 28 – April 3, representing a 705.1 percent increase from the March 8 – 14 of 2020 baseline.
  • During the week of March 21 – 27, there was a 72 percent increase in weekly new UI claims compared to the week of March 14 – 20 (from 10,964 weekly new claims to 18,833).
  • In the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell MSA, there were 22,037 job postings last week, compared to the 12,544 postings the same week last year in the middle of the first pandemic stay-at-home mandate.
  • Overall time spent out of home decreased 0.6 percentage points in the last two weeks. This represents 12.4 percent below the baseline, one of the highest values since confinement measures started last year.

For more about the tool, continue scrolling, or dive straight into the data using the dashboard to identify trends in each of the ten counties:

About the tool

The dashboard takes a look at economic recovery trends in three measures: initial unemployment insurance (UI) claims by week for the Atlanta Regional Commission’s 10-County area, weekly job postings for the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell MSA, and time spent outside for the Atlanta 10-County Area. The aim is to understand COVID-19’s impact on employment and mobility, which influence our economic landscape.

As noted in the tool, job postings provide just an impression of what is occurring on the ground for hiring, since (a) job boards heavily favor professionalized sectors, and (b) sometimes postings remain on job boards even when the position has been filled or if the company has elected to delay filling a job. Still, examining postings can tell us a lot about what’s in demand in the workplace.

To see claims and mobility trends in specific counties, use the filtering options in the left-hand bar of the dashboard. The second chart view shows job postings by occupation family. To see postings for any other occupation group, select using the drop-down menu to the left of that second chart.

Resources

GA Initial Unemployment Insurance Claimes by County:
Georgia Labor Market Explorer

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell Job Postings:
Labor Insight, Burning Glass

Time spent outside of home by destination:
Google COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports