ARC: Atlanta Core Loses Jobs, Fringes Gain

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.

h/t: Atlanta Business Chronicle

How did northwest Decatur lose over 1,900 jobs over the past 10 years?

4 thoughts on “ARC: Atlanta Core Loses Jobs, Fringes Gain”


  1. I wonder how many of the jobs in the fringe counties were in construction (and are thus now gone-probably for good)?

  2. Job loses were particularly bad in DeKalb County. Prior to the recession, the County lost 43,000 jobs!!! No county lost anywhere near that many jobs from 2000-2006. During the past deacde, DeKalb went from having the second most jobs in the region to the fourth most.

  3. I just took a look at this report. Appears as though the highest paying jobs are actually in the “core”. Not all negative!

  4. I’m guessing it has to do with location reassignments at the the post office and county offices.

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