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LinkedIn Sept. 2017 Atlanta Jobs Report

LinkedIn Image.jpgWe wanted to share the September 2017 Atlanta Jobs Report released by LinkedIn (just in case you did not see it in your daily newsfeed). 

The news is very good. Some highlights are:

- Hiring is up 7.9%

- Atlanta has an abundance of skilled labor to fill high demand positions.

- Talent continues to come to Atlanta for new opportunities

LinkedIn Workforce Report | Atlanta | September 2017


Over 138 million workers in the U.S. have LinkedIn profiles; over 20,000 companies in the U.S. use LinkedIn to recruit; over 3 million jobs are posted on LinkedIn in the U.S. every month; and members can add over 50,000 skills to their profiles to showcase their professional brands. That gives us unique and valuable insight into U.S. workforce trends.

This LinkedIn Workforce Report is a monthly report on employment trends in the U.S. workforce. It’s divided into two sections: a National section that provides insights into hiring, skills gaps, and migration trends across the country, and a City section that provides insights into localized employment trends in 20 of the largest U.S. metro areas:  Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland-Akron, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Nashville, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C..

Our vision is to create economic opportunity for every worker in the global workforce. We hope you’ll use insights from our report to better navigate your career - whether you’re unemployed and wondering if hiring is improving in your industry, exploring new skills to learn to make yourself more attractive to employers, or considering a move and curious which cities need your skills most.


Hiring was 7.9% higher in August 2017 than in August 2016. Seasonally-adjusted hiring (hiring that excludes seasonal hiring variations - like companies hiring less in December due to the holiday season) was 4.0% higher in August than July. If you’re interested in exploring new opportunities in Atlanta, check out LinkedIn Jobs to see what’s out there!

Hiring in Atlanta - September 2017
Seasonally Adjusted Hiring in Atlanta

Skills Gap

A skills gap is a mismatch between the skills employers need (demand) and the skills workers have (supply). There is an abundance of skills when supply exceeds demand. There is a scarcity of skills when demand exceeds supply. A city with a scarcity of skills needs more workers with certain skills, while a city with an abundance of skills has too many workers with certain skills.

Atlanta’s skills gap is driven primarily by an abundance of workers with certain skills.

Atlanta Skills Gap Composition September 2017

Here are the skills Atlanta has in abundance.

Abundant Skills in Atlanta, September 2017

And here are the skills Atlanta has in scarcity. 

Atlanta In Demand Skills September 2017

If you live in Atlanta and don’t have these skills, check out the LinkedIn Learning courses below - they’ll teach you foundational skills so you’ll be more attractive to employers in the city.


Atlanta gained the most workers in the last 12 months from Athens, GA, New York City, NY, and Savannah, GA. So for every 10,000 LinkedIn members in Atlanta, 3.61 workers moved to the city in the last year from Athens, GA.

Atlanta Migration Gains, September 2017

San Francisco Bay Area, CA, Seattle, WA, and Denver, CO gained the most workers from Atlanta in the last 12 months. So for every 10,000 LinkedIn members in Atlanta, 1.59 workers moved to San Francisco Bay Area, CA in the last year.

Atlanta Migration Losses, September 2017

Atlanta has the most gross migration (gains + losses) with New York City, NY. So for every 10,000 LinkedIn members in Atlanta, 31.36 workers either moved to or from New York City, NY in the last year.

Atlanta Gross Migration, September 2017