Podcast: Will a Robot Take My Job??

Episode #10 | November 27, 2019 | 20 minutes

Workforce automation is growing around the nation and right here in metro Atlanta, and — whether you know it or not — likely has some major effects on your job, too. This episode, we’ll hear about how artificial intelligence and other kinds of automation are already deeply enmeshed in our lives — as well as … Continue Reading →

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Metro Atlanta’s Economy is Growing, but Not Everyone Benefiting from the Boom

By Junior Knox | Atlanta Regional Commission | September 23, 2019

The data folks at the Atlanta Regional Commission have been up to their elbows in metro Atlanta workforce information lately. Their most-recent analysis shows what industries are growing, which are shrinking, and why it’s a good idea to jump on that nursing program you may have been thinking about. All of the information is available … Continue Reading →

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3 Ways to Imagine ATL in 2050 – and Help Shape the Region’s Long-range Plan

By Paul Donsky | Atlanta Regional Commission | July 24, 2019

Imagine the year 2050. What do you think metro Atlanta will be like three decades from now? Will advanced technology (self-driving cars and other gizmos yet to be invented) bring solutions to age-old problems? Or will today’s challenges only grow as the years pass, leaving us in crisis? These questions are far from academic, late-night … Continue Reading →

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Regional Snapshot: State of Metro Atlanta’s Economy

By Paul Donsky | Atlanta Regional Commission | February 25, 2019

How’s metro Atlanta’s economy doing? That’s a complicated question. First of all, the region’s economy is diverse, and it’s big: If it were a country, it would rank somewhere between Norway and the United Arab Emirates, two oil-rich countries. And while we’re still in recovery mode from the financial crisis, the stock market has been … Continue Reading →

The number of metro Atlantans living from paycheck to paycheck may be quite large, according to ARC’s annual Metro Atlanta Speaks survey.

Paycheck to Paycheck: How Many Metro Atlantans are Living on the Edge?

By Kate Sweeney | Atlanta Regional Commission | February 12, 2019

As days turned to weeks during the recent partial government shutdown, hundreds of thousands of federal employees were furloughed or working without pay. The shutdown — and the prospect of another in the near-future — prompted a columnist for Atlanta-Journal Constitution to ask: How many of us are living from paycheck to paycheck? If the … Continue Reading →

Wage Changes for High, Middle, and Low-Wage Occupations

Data Dive: How Metro Atlanta Wages Have Changed — Find Yours

By Jo-Leigh Warren | January 30, 2019

How has the average wage changed in your field? From registered nurses, to camera operators, to teachers’ assistants, this handy tool from 33n, Atlanta Regional Commission’s data blog, tracks average incomes, income change, and employment change in metro Atlanta professions between 2014-2017. The data explorer also divvies professions up into high, medium, and low-income fields—allowing … Continue Reading →

By Katherine Peralta | The Charlotte Observer | December 11, 2018

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Solitude and “Peace.” How Trucking Changed One “Super-Mom’s” Life.

Episode #5 | December 6, 2018 | 14 minutes

Close your eyes and think “tractor-trailer driver.” Who do you picture? If you said, “a tough older guy,” you wouldn’t be off the mark. Truckers have a hard job which requires some resiliency. Moreover, 94% of truck drivers are men, with an average age of 55. As another point of trivia, most truck drivers are … Continue Reading →

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A New Career Behind the Wheel Changed Her Life

By Kate Sweeney | Atlanta Regional Commission | November 5, 2018

Hear more of Q. Johnson’s story, told by Q., on an upcoming episode of the What’s Next ATL podcast. Subscribe now. Close your eyes and think, “tractor-trailer driver.” Who do you picture? If you said, “a tough older guy,” you wouldn’t be off the mark. Truckers have a hard job which requires some resiliency. Moreover, … Continue Reading →

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These are the Hottest Jobs in Metro Atlanta over the Next Decade

By Kate Sweeney | Atlanta Regional Commission | October 12, 2018

Food prep, logistics, and healthcare jobs are hot. Legal, and forestry or farming jobs – not so much. That’s according to a recent report from the Atlanta Regional Commission that compiled labor demand and supply data from Burning Glass and JobsEQ to gauge the growth and demand in metro Atlanta jobs over the next decade. … Continue Reading →

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Economic Outlook: North Fulton

By Lyle Harris | Freelance Writer | September 25, 2018

Technology, talent, and transportation are the “three T’s” likely to drive the future of north Fulton, a bustling area along the GA 400 corridor. Already home to some of the most coveted ZIP codes in metro Atlanta, north Fulton is bracing for another wave of residential and business growth – with good reason. Bethany Usry, … Continue Reading →

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Data Dive: As Rental Rates in ATL Skyrocket, Many Struggle to Afford Housing

By Paul Donsky | Atlanta Regional Commission | August 16, 2018

Metro Atlanta’s rental housing market is hot. Make that red-hot. And that’s making it difficult for many working families to find an affordable place to live. It’s a matter of simple arithmetic: Since 2010, rental costs in the Atlanta region have increased by 48%, but wages are only up 10%. Given this trend, it’s no … Continue Reading →