Atlanta Was #2 in Jobs Growth Among Major Metros in May

Atlanta job snapshot May 15

With so many negative comparisons about Atlanta’s local economy out there (How many more times do we need to see a negative comparison to Nashville and Charlotte?) I figured this was a nice juxtaposition analysis from the Atlanta Regional Commission.

Here are a few findings with some of the more interesting visuals.  You can check out the full presentation HERE.  Enjoy!

When it comes to job change and employment, Atlanta performs well when compared to other U.S. metros. It ranked 2nd in relative job change against 12 other metros over the past year.

atlanta job sectors may15

Metro Atlanta exceeded its pre-recession employment peak in May 2014, finally digging out of the hole the Great Recession wrought.

total employment atl may15

7 thoughts on “Atlanta Was #2 in Jobs Growth Among Major Metros in May”


    1. Well written, and I’m sorry this is happening to you. I was in your position in 2003 (and thought I was again in 2009, as my company shed over 12,000 jobs), and it’s no fun whatsoever.

      The employment numbers seem good from a macro level, and they are certainly better than what we have seen the past few years. But they can never address the individual anguish experienced by the millions who have lost their jobs.

      I hope your job search is successful.

  1. Hopefully Atlanta will be able to stave off this growth. If they can shut down more lanes of roadway and increase the bike lane mileage at the same time, we will ensure that this job growth finally comes to halt! Let’s hope our elected officials will put an end to stories such as this, and continue to decrease roadway capacity.

    1. Mac. – let me be the first to direct you to the front page of the AJC where you can read about Georgia’s multi- billion dollar investment in new highway projects around the Metro. If you look hard you can find an article about how maybe, contingent on legislative action that seems unlikely to me, MARTA will get funding to expand up 400 and out I20. Nothing on bike lanes this week, to your great disappointment I am sure.

    2. Yes, look how poorly Buckhead is doing after they redesigned traffic lanes and made pedestrian and bike lane improvements. It’s a cesspool and nobody will invest. I sob every time I walk down it because I miss the rush or air from 18-wheelers mere inches from my body.

    3. The conventional belief (and certainly one embodied in and perpetuated by GDOT) is that streets and roads are primarily intended to expedite movement from one place to another. But this is a poor way to make a city because the net result is fast access to countless places not worth being in.

      In healthy cities, mobility exists in partnership with the other key, but rarely discussed, function of city streets — creating taxable value — which is accomplished through infrastructure that serves life at the human-scale. As Rival alludes to (and has mentioned before, if memory serves), ped and bike friendly investments in Buckhead have more than paid for themselves because they have created value. When we talk about infrastructure, all we typically talk about is expense. We should be talking about ROI.

  2. The topic is about ROI.

    The state of a Georgia was recognized by many entities as the top state for business in 2014 and will likely finish high for 2015 as well.

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