Trade tussle not helping Atlanta’s job growth in August

The Atlanta Journal Constitution

Trade tussle not helping Atlanta’s job growth in August

27 September 2018 | Michael E. Kanell (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

While worry builds about the impact of a trade battle with China, the metro Atlanta economy has kept growing by leaning on sectors that are fueled mostly by local demand.

That continued growth clipped the region’s unemployment rate to 3.6 percent in August, its lowest level since mid-2001, according to a report Thursday morning by the Georgia Department of Labor.

During the month, the region added 14,900 jobs, the department said, adding to a long expansion that has drawn many companies to Atlanta and made the region a promising place to start a business, as well.

“I think Atlanta is a very vibrant job market with a diverse workforce and a lot of skill sets,” said Rob Chen, newly named chief executive officer of Brightlink, a nine-year-old, Atlanta-based company with nearly 100 employees.


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