Friday Factday: Informing Transit Discussion–
What Does Metro Atlanta Speaks Say?

There's been much in the press lately about the continuing public debate regarding possibilities for funding and implementing alternate transportation modes, with particular focus being placed on transit.  Part of the discussion has been on business needs and expectations, both currently and in the future.  Another aspect of the debate has revolved around Atlanta [...]

By | 2018-02-02T18:20:20+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|Friday Factday, Metro Atlanta Speaks, Transportation|Comments Off on Friday Factday: Informing Transit Discussion–
What Does Metro Atlanta Speaks Say?

Friday Factday: Perceptions of Our Biggest Problem–Atlanta and the State
A Stroll Through Different Polls

Polls have certainly gotten a great deal of attention lately, for better or worse!  Despite some of their shortcomings, polls can tell us some very interesting things, particularly when we are able to see enough difference in answers to eliminate the poll's necessary margin of error as a major concern for interpreting results. Things [...]

By | 2018-01-19T21:55:21+00:00 January 19th, 2018|Age and Generations, Friday Factday, Metro Atlanta Speaks, Other Demographics|Comments Off on Friday Factday: Perceptions of Our Biggest Problem–Atlanta and the State
A Stroll Through Different Polls

Friday Factday: The Atlanta MSA’s Foreign Born Population:
by Global Region and Country of Origin

People born outside of the United States comprised an estimated 13.7% of the 29-county Atlanta Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)'s population in 2016 and accounted for an estimated 5.1% of the region's population growth between 2015 and 2016.  In appreciation of the increasing and integral part that the foreign-born play in the regional community and [...]

By | 2018-01-25T20:36:44+00:00 January 12th, 2018|Friday Factday, Other Demographics, Race and Diversity|Comments Off on Friday Factday: The Atlanta MSA’s Foreign Born Population:
by Global Region and Country of Origin

Friday Factday: Declines in Mortgage Delinquency–
Masking Lingering Effects of Recession

When it comes to the economy, most of us would likely agree that, while things are better, we "got a ways to go yet". A recent article in the AJC examines the lingering impacts of the Great Recession, pointing out that despite improvements in employment (and even, finally, wages), many are still suffering.  One [...]

By | 2018-01-05T21:52:05+00:00 January 5th, 2018|Economy, Friday Factday, Housing|Comments Off on Friday Factday: Declines in Mortgage Delinquency–
Masking Lingering Effects of Recession

Friday Factday: A Toy (Spending) Story

The holiday season is upon us!  It is a time for festivities and gift giving among friends and family--which means an increase in household spending.  According to polling by Gallup, average holiday spending per person nationally is projected to be $906 in 2017, up from $785 in 2016 (see chart below).  The most recent [...]

By | 2017-12-22T14:59:04+00:00 December 22nd, 2017|Friday Factday, Special Features, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Friday Factday: A Toy (Spending) Story

Friday Factday: National and Regional Educational Levels–
Attaining, but Barely Gaining (on the “Asks” of the Job Market)

Adults are far better educated "now" than they were in previous generations--higher and higher shares are going to, and completing, college. And this level of education is crucial, as recent Burning Glass data indicate that employers are asking for bachelors degrees or more as qualifications to fill nearly two-thirds of 2017 job postings! A [...]

By | 2017-12-15T22:29:29+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Economy, Friday Factday|Comments Off on Friday Factday: National and Regional Educational Levels–
Attaining, but Barely Gaining (on the “Asks” of the Job Market)

Friday Factday: New SAIPE Income and Poverty Data–
The Right Direction, yet Challenges Remain

Incomes in the Atlanta metro area are growing again...just not very quickly, and a great deal more in some counties than in others.  Data from the last three years show recovery from the slight declines or (at best) stagnation of the 2000 through 2013 period. And it is all relative, as median household incomes [...]

By | 2017-12-04T21:05:33+00:00 December 4th, 2017|Economy, Friday Factday|Comments Off on Friday Factday: New SAIPE Income and Poverty Data–
The Right Direction, yet Challenges Remain

Friday Factday: New BLS Job Data–Atlanta Slowing but Growing

The Atlanta metro economy is in really good shape, and we rank highly among competing metros in terms of job growth. In the latest data, higher wage job sectors such as Professional & Business Services and Information show strong year over year (YOY) increases of 6% and 4% respectively. But our overall YOY rate [...]

By | 2017-11-17T12:21:29+00:00 November 17th, 2017|Economy, Friday Factday|Comments Off on Friday Factday: New BLS Job Data–Atlanta Slowing but Growing
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