In May 2023, the Atlanta area showed strong job growth, adding 71,000 new positions, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The overall growth rate was 2.4%, mirroring the steady growth observed in the region. Major job gains occurred across several sectors, with leisure and hospitality, and education and health services being the standout performers, adding 21,800 and 26,900 jobs respectively. These sectors grew at a rate of 7.5% and 7.0%. The financial activities sector saw substantial growth as well, adding 8,800 jobs at a growth rate of 4.5%. In May, Atlanta’s unemployment rate was 3.3%, slightly below the national average of 3.4%. The region continues to demonstrate strong economic performance, with job growth across multiple sectors and an unemployment rate that competes favorably with the national average.