Job Growth Numbers in Georgia Up in 2015

Date: December 01, 2015

The state's optimism ranks high, too.

NFIB’s monthly Small Business Optimism Index recently revealed that small business owners in Georgia and the rest of the South Atlantic region (including Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia) feel slightly more optimistic than those in the rest of the country, and now Forbes is reporting data that helps explain why.

According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Atlanta ranks the sixth best city for non-agricultural job growth, with growth of 3.4 percent in the first three quarters of 2015, and Georgia ranks as the ninth best state, with growth of 2.8 percent.

Joining Atlanta in the top 10 list are:

  1. San Jose, California (5.5 percent growth)

  2. Orlando, Florida (4.1 percent)

  3. Riverside, California (3.9 percent)

  4. Dallas, Texas (3.6 percent)

  5. Seattle, Washington (3.5 percent)

  6. San Francisco, California (3.3 percent)

  7. Denver, Colorado (3.1 percent—tie)

  8. San Diego, California (3.1 percent—tie)

  9. Portland, Oregon (3.1 percent—tie)

The full list of top 10 states:

  1. Utah (4.1 percent growth)

  2. Washington (3.5 percent—tie)

  3. Florida (3.5 percent—tie)

  4. Oregon (3.3 percent)

  5. Nevada (3.2 percent)

  6. Idaho (3 percent—tie)

  7. California (3 percent—tie)

  8. South Carolina (2.9 percent)

  9. Georgia (2.8 percent)

  10. North Carolina (2.7 percent)

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