Employment Data

ARC’s 2012 employment estimates show that the 20-county area added more than 95,000 jobs between 2010 and 2012. ARC’s 2012 employment estimate is for the first quarter of 2012. To see how the economy has performed lately, read the latest updates on ARC's The Quarter.

Employment Data Highlights

  • Between 2010 and 2012, the 20-county region added more than 95,000 jobs. But, the region still has 106,000 fewer jobs in 2012 than it did in 2008.
  • Fulton County led the region in overall job growth between 2010 and 2012, adding almost 24,000 jobs. Next are Cobb (+20,000) and Gwinnett (+15,000).
  • The Administrative/Waste Management sector added the most jobs between 2010 and 2012, up almost 17,000. This sector includes temporary jobs, which shows that employers are still a little skittish to hire full-time, permanent positions.
  • As ARC’s interactive employment map shows, jobs are concentrated in the northern parts of the region, particularly jobs in high-paying sectors like Information and Professional/Scientific/Technical sectors.
  • In looking at a different source for employment estimates (Bureau of Labor Statistics), metro Atlanta (28-counties) ranks fourth among the 12 largest metros in year-over-year percent change in employment.

More Employment Data Resources

Download data tables below to explore total employment and small area employment estimates.

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