Georgia’s Job Growth Is Higher Outside of Metro Areas

Despite the general perception that it is the metropolitan areas of Georgia that are its economic engines, the rate of year over year job growth is actually higher outside of those metropolitan areas.  And some of your Metro areas have very dismal growth, despite large state and federal expenditures in those areas.

Metro areas enjoyed a 2.29% increase in jobs over the last twelve months while the state overall had a 2.76% increase.  That is what caught my attention and had me dig just a bit deeper.

Doing a bit of math, I backed in to the non-Metro employment to discover that jobs added outside of Metro areas were a whopping 5.25% year over year.

Review the numbers in the table below.  I found them surprising.  Perhaps Georgia should be doing more to encourage non-Metro growth going forward.

One would think with all of the tax breaks and economic development authorities that they would easily lead the state in new jobs.  We will have to think again.

If the perception is that the Metro areas have the jobs, and more people move there, this would actually hold wages down as supply outstrips demand.  Yet those very same people drive up the cost of housing, traffic worsens, and your overall living costs are higher in the Metro areas than in the non-Metro areas.

Maybe it’s time to rethink where you might want to work and live.

Data Source:

Georgia Metro Areas
March 2016 Jobs YOY Increase % Increase YOY
Albany 62162 997 1.63%
Athens 91182 3306 3.76%
Atlanta 2728234 64922 2.44%
Augusta 241996 1539 0.64%
Brunswick 48102 1434 3.07%
Columbus 116362 33 0.03%
Dalton 57393 1102 1.96%
Gainesville 90581 3495 4.01%
Hinesville 30142 107 0.36%
Macon 98360 1918 1.99%
Rome 40527 492 1.23%
Savannah 170558 5619 3.41%
Valdosta 59917 921 1.56%
Metros 3835516 85885 2.29%
Non Metro 751760 37489 5.25%
Georgia 4587276 123374 2.76%
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About EJ Moosa

EJ Moosa believes that a smaller government is a more efficient government. He believes that better analysis leads to better solutions. A graduate of Georgia State University In Business Administration, EJ grew up in Cobb County,GA, graduating from Osborne High School and worked at several Atlanta companies including First Atlanta, IBM, and Six Flags over Georgia.

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