Metro Atlanta No. 2 in job growth

When it comes to major metropolitan areas, Atlanta ranks No. 2 in job growth, according to a new study by Arizona State University.

Only Houston beats Atlanta, according to researcher Lee McPheters, whose findings are based on the latest jobs figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Atlanta had 3.1 percent job growth between January 2011 and January 2012, compared with Houston’s 3.7 percent growth. The figures reflect non-agricultural job growth among populations of at least a million workers.

Rounding out top job-producing metro areas were Denver (3), Dallas (4), Seattle (5), Cincinnati (6), Phoenix (7), Riverside, Calif,, and Tampa (both tied for (8) and Pittsburgh (10).

The research supports a growing consensus that the gradually improving economy is fueling job growth across the country and in Georgia.

A recent Manpower survey of 140 Georgia employers found that 20 percent plan to hire more workers in the second quarter, while 69 percent plan to maintain current levels.

Overall, the U.S. economy added 1,986,000 jobs between January 2011 and January 2012, a 1.6 percent increase, McPheters said. An overwhelming majority of the jobs were created in the service sector.

While Georgia was not among the top 10 job-producing states, McPheters noted the state recorded 7.13 percent job growth in the professional and business services sector. That represents 37,000 new jobs.

Among states, job growth was highest in North Dakota, West Virginia and Utah, but as the researchers noted, because those states have small populations, small increases in the number of jobs created can amplify percentage gains.

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Hilarious

March 21st, 2012
7:47 pm

Why do liberals hate America?

sal

March 21st, 2012
8:00 pm

I think you’ve got the brainwashing from FOX News down pat. It’s actually the Republicans that hate America. Thank you Dubya for destroying this country.

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RCB

March 21st, 2012
8:20 pm

sal: You’ve got the brainwashing against Fox News down pat.

unemployed

March 21st, 2012
8:35 pm

such irony, i went a whole year looking for work. eventually found a job, got injured (non work related), now can’t even get re-hired by my own company. nothing but bs!! i have a degree & years of experience and nobody these days even returns phone calls or emails. i could care less about political BS, november won’t change anything.

misa

March 21st, 2012
9:04 pm

if the jobs are not starting at 50k+ it’s not helping

Why

March 21st, 2012
9:13 pm

Misa, people should be thankful to have a job or even to get one these days. 50k is a lot but if you are trying to feed your family 25k is better than 0. I’m glad to see jobs are coming. Of course the job market is not out there crafting an assignment JUST FOR YOU and thinking of YOU ONLY when hiring. But if people are willing to do what they have to do I commend you. If you have no job because of your pride. That is your own fault and your own issue.

Also to the idiot up top. Republicans are always right in their own heads. They are always negative and always complaining. Get a grip guy.

mom3boys

March 21st, 2012
9:13 pm

Where are these jobs? Hubs has been out of work >1.5 years…we’re not seeing any growth…and he’d take less than 50K at this point, Misa!

Ohio Bound

March 21st, 2012
9:22 pm

That sure isn’t helping us. We are having to move to Ohio from Atlanta due to the lack of jobs in my husbands field here.

observer

March 21st, 2012
9:30 pm

Newsflash: negativity, complaining and whining are not limited to any one political party.

Also, message to @sal: no terrorist attacks on US soil since 2001. I only ask the federal government to protect me, not feed me, not furnish my retirement, and not provide my medical care.

employeed

March 21st, 2012
9:50 pm

unemployeed, have you thought about getting out of the house to look for a job and not just making a phone call or email? it is really easy to blame someone else instead of looking in the mirror.

Jason

March 21st, 2012
9:52 pm

> Newsflash:negativity, complaining and whining are not limited to any one political party.

That’s true. Doing those things also pretty much guarantee that’ll be difficult to fid a job. Who wants to hire someone who is always negative? Being out of work sucks but once it turns a person into having a negative attitude about everything, it’s like the point of no return.

People, stop obessing over politics like it’s a team sport and start focusing on people skills. You come into my office with an attitude about Obama, the ReTHUGicons, or any other political whining, I promise you that you’re not going to get the job. No work place needs to have their rhythm disrupted by a newcomer who wants to pit everyone against each other.

Bussy

March 21st, 2012
9:53 pm

Obama destroyed this country and the minds of the black folk that believe his rhetoric. Obama was caught on tape saying wanted single payer for healthcare and then said he did not and the blacks in the audience blamed the white man. Yep Obama is half white and full idiot.

KG

March 21st, 2012
9:54 pm

The company I work for has been trying to hire for the last two years! We have 31 techs and 25 of them clear 50k a year! The problem is, LAZY AMERICANS!!!!!!! We do more advertising than anyone in the local atl area, hint hint, and can’t hire employees because they don’t want to earn it. I’ve spent nearly three years of my life living abroad, the problem isn’t the economy. Misinformation(people stupid enough to get their news from FOX/CNN) and the pure sorry ass american work ethic! Get over yourselves and get off your ass and get a job, IT”S OUT THERE LAZY ASS! Stop listening to the BS news and go and take care of your families!!!! I hate to sound so negative but I worked on a race team for ten years and had to make a career change due to an illness in my family no complaints, I waited tables to keep food on the table and did what I could to make things work.
If your having a problem getting a job, it’s all on you. If in your mind it’s political, your a loser and didn’t deserve the job you lost, grow up!

KG

March 21st, 2012
9:58 pm

I’m not an Obama fan but would love to take “Bussy” behind the wood shed, your comment has no point what so ever and clearly your too stupid to realize that YOU ARE THE PROBLEM! That rhetoric won’t get outa that trailer park moron!

Soldier M

March 21st, 2012
9:58 pm

Retired US Army Vet in need of a J.O.B.

CJ

March 21st, 2012
9:59 pm

Take your heads out of the sand! Our economy is not doomed as the Republicans want you to believe. Things are turning around. The numbers don’t like; the politicians do.

KG

March 21st, 2012
9:59 pm

@Bussy, Black people don’t vote, remember? D*****s!

CJ

March 21st, 2012
9:59 pm

KG

March 21st, 2012
10:01 pm

@Soldier M, gotcha a job if your in the Gwinnett area, keep up the positive post and I’ll keep the info coming!

Soldier M

March 21st, 2012
10:03 pm

KG,

Thanks for your reply. Where do I send my resume?

Peaches

March 21st, 2012
10:43 pm

All:
The press is completely in the tank for Obama. Do you think it is any coincidence that the press is now starting to spin every story on the economy as something positive? Why? Because they want Obama to be re-elected. Obama will not be re-elected if the economy is in the gutter. And, to a certain extent, it is self-fulfilling. Print some feel good stories to influence people to think things are getting better. People will start thinking, hey, things are looking up. They’ll start spending more money and then, the multiplier effect sets in.
So, just compare and contrast the tone of the stories the press prints on the economy from Fall, 2011 to Spring, 2012 and you will tell a big difference. It’s an election year. However, there’s also a severe skills gap in this country. I know of soooo many job openings that cannot get filled because people just don’t have the right skill set. Like accounting. Forget getting a law degree, you can make a decent living as an accountant [probably better]. Other area – anything to do with IT.

NCR

March 21st, 2012
10:59 pm

I would say try to find a job in a small/midsize company, not some giant Fortune 500 crap that only knows how to outsource mid-level jobs.

unemployed

March 21st, 2012
11:03 pm

employed- yes i do get out & apply not to mention hundreds of phone calls/emails a day. thanks!! i’m not asking to strike it rich but i would like job to pay for rent,bills, gas, food, etc etc. sorry, working for min wage will not help me there. you must think because im unemployed, i must be lazy right?? typical bs from an ignorant person. i was laid off in 10/2010 and then injured in 01/2012….my fault right??

Independent

March 21st, 2012
11:18 pm

I’m totally neutral politically. I think both parties are worthless. However, I have to say that GWB was the worst President in my lifetime. The guy has the brains of an ice cube. And if Sarah Palin ever gets elected to dogcatcher, it’ll be over her head. Why do Replublicans front morons? I know some smart conservatives. But most of them are not really that bright. I also know some rather ignorant liberals. But for the most part, I think they’re more educated and forethinking than conservatives. Conservatives live in the past, liberals live in the future, Indies live in the now. Join us!

Oblama

March 21st, 2012
11:27 pm

Sail – actually the destruction of the U. S. economy and the $15,000,000,000,000 is a joint effort of both parties and the people that vote for them. I can trace this huge debt’s beginning back to LBJ

pat

March 22nd, 2012
12:02 am

NEWSFLASH-NEWSFLASH-NEWSFLASH
listen folks instead of knocking each other, just go online to some websites and start learn computer programing or gaming or software in general and then start learning chinese. and then a lil a rabic!! these are the growth industries and the knowledge can be vital to America!! the banks around the world really messed up the world except for canada and of course china which has been lending us money.
there are jobs. its just dio you want toi move to china or singapore? they will pay americans alot more just for speaking english.
so dont dispare. just buy a one way ticket to shangai or HK. HK is the better choice.
glenn beck ewven though he is a kooky mormen like rumney, had the predictions right. interpreters for chienese, a rabic and englidsh teachers are in big demand.

Road Scholar

March 22nd, 2012
7:00 am

KG and Jason: Right on! If people could replace their anger with positive thoughts , maybe things wouldn’t seem too bad for them. Laziness? Yup! It’s out there. Learning…and listening with reasoning is what is needed w/o being bonded to one news station. Both conserves and libs are guilty of being out of touch.

Mary

March 22nd, 2012
7:16 am

Sad part most of the ones on here commenting have not had to loose their job, just a little harder at the pumps/grocery stores, but those that have not lost their income at all have NO way of knowing how bad it really is out there.

Chris

March 22nd, 2012
7:17 am

If this report is true, how come our unemployment rate remains well above the national average?

Something doesn’t add up.

Road Scholar

March 22nd, 2012
7:20 am

Mary, so what are they going to do? Whine? Hunker down? Take personal responsibility? Analyze their strengths AND weaknesses?

maestroesl

March 22nd, 2012
7:36 am

If Atlanta is so high in job growth, why is the unemployment rate so high? The figures don’t jive.

maestroesl

March 22nd, 2012
7:39 am

Apparently Road Scholar isn’t among the ranks of the unemployed and/or has no sympathy for those who cannot find a job. Not only are jobs still hard to find, but after certain ages discrimination is also a factor.

lookin'

March 22nd, 2012
7:49 am

KG – what company? I need to come by or give them a call! If anyone else out there knows who’s hiring, please let us know! Also, what job skills are needed for the jobs you are typing about? Do your companies train or pay for training? Thanks in advance for the information!

Jeff

March 22nd, 2012
8:02 am

If you’re an experienced programmer – particularly .NET – you can pretty much write your ticket anywhere you want to go right now. I finally found a place I want to stay for at least a few years, and I STILL have recruiters calling me left and rrght, for jobs all the way from Orlando to Nashville. Basically, any area I’ve indicated any interest at all in during previous searches, I hear from at LEAST every couple of weeks right now. I’ve been told that some individual recruiters in ATL have lists of several dozen jobs they are actively trying to fill, and ATL isn’t even on the lists of most IT jobs!

davidfaucettez

March 22nd, 2012
8:15 am

If you could not find a job for a long time it is time to change your career guys.. The time is now. Be on your way to earning an accredited degree. Check out High Speed Universities and they sure find suitable career based on your interests.

Road Scholar

March 22nd, 2012
8:37 am

maestroesl: I am semi retired. I work up to half time providing on call services! So what are you going to do? Commiserate with the folks who are whining or not “reinventing” themselves or motivate them to do so? You can “wallow in the slop” or dust yourself off and move forward with a positive attitude and body language. I have had friends who are out of work…some have given up…others have taken jobs that were not their first choice,but pay the bills. Those haven’t given up like many who only complain.

maestroesl

March 22nd, 2012
8:49 am

Road Scholar, as I stated, you appear to be unsympathetic to ones who may be less fortunate than you. I laugh at David F, as I wonder if he has checked out the price of an education these days. It is way to much for people who cannot afford to retire. Many of you forget that some lost a lot when the market went down, and it really has not recovered the losses. How many have had to go into their savings to survive? I am very sympathetic to those.

NY2GA

March 22nd, 2012
8:51 am

Observer – So, you are not asking the government to provide schools, roads, protect your civil liberties, etc? I could go on and on, but I think you get my point. I should hope you are never in the position where you lose your job, life savings while trying to look for work or have a medical condition where the assistance of government is needed.

Such a blank statement needs to be thought out. and this is not complaining, just stating facts!

It's all Relative

March 22nd, 2012
9:10 am

“I am very sympathetic to those.”

That makes you pretty much sympathetic to every one. But sympathy does not change where we are today.

Time to takes charge of your OWN life.

woodrow

March 22nd, 2012
9:12 am

It’s easy to show job growth when you have the highest unemployment. The net effect is negligible. But I don’t want to spoil anyone’s happy news. I say, live the illusion if you can.

myother

March 22nd, 2012
9:15 am

I think you all are brainwashed for voting for a DemRep all these years. The DemRep is virtually one party that plays good cop/bad cop every election cycle to maintain the status quo. Nothing changes and nothing is much different regardless of who’s in office. I’m thinking the lobbyists are running the country. I’m voting straight Liberitian until I can prove to myself that the current system is changeable. You can say it’s a wasted vote but, so is a vote for a DemRep is nothing changes. The Liberitians have their faults but, nothing that can’t be tweaked, and the country was better off when there was less government.

myother

March 22nd, 2012
9:19 am

It’s the Dems and Reps that have taken us down this road. Why keep voting for them?

maestroesl

March 22nd, 2012
9:33 am

myother, I agree with you totally. BOTH of the parties have [put this country in the state it is in.

tom

March 22nd, 2012
9:36 am

maybe #2 in low paying job growth!

Question

March 22nd, 2012
9:37 am

mom3boys: I’m sorry to hear that your husband do not have a job. Do you have a job? If not, you may want to get one at least search for it. :)

Question

March 22nd, 2012
9:42 am

to: It’s all Relative: Did you mean to say that it’s time to take charge of your own life? Wow..It’s time for you to take charge of spelling words…LOL :)

EJ Moosa

March 22nd, 2012
10:09 am

You better delete this story. This will fly right in the face of the Transportation Tax Propaganda program now underway.

vw

March 22nd, 2012
10:13 am

@KG, you hit the nail on the head. Totally agree with you great post…

JR in Mableton

March 22nd, 2012
10:31 am

Does the rate of job growth exceed the rate of job loss in Atlanta? I don’t see any mention to the “net” growth.