A new report (pdf) out from the Atlanta Regional Commission shows the areas of the Atlanta metro that experienced the largest job growth from 2000-2009. Not surprisingly, the biggest gainers were in the fringe counties, while the old, traditional city center saw – with a few exceptions – near universal declines.
The map above gives a good overview, with the largest job gains (+1,901 – +19,446) in dark blue, modest gains (+1 – +1,190) in light blue, modest declines (0 - -1,899) in orange and the largest declines (-1,900- -11,910) in white. (After the jump, see how Decatur specifically fared).
As for how the city has fared during the recession, compared to the nation as a whole, the report shows that Atlanta saw the fifth largest decline in employment from 2008-2010 among American cities, down 8%.
The map above can be found on page 2 of the report.