Cobb is second only to Fulton County, which holds 14.83 percent of the state’s jobs. Overall, it ranks just above Gwinnett and DeKalb counties, which hold 6.95 percent and 6.40 percent, respectively.
According to the report, the largest share of jobs (19.26 percent) in Cobb is in the wholesale and retail trade industry. Next are management and administrative and support (12.92 percent), and health care and social assistance (10.20 percent).
Cobb County also is unique in that 31 percent of its total jobs (sixth overall) are premium jobs. The report defines premium as jobs paying more than $50,000 a year.
“This secures Cobb County as an important location for jobs in Georgia,” said Zack Hawley, a research associate with the Fiscal Research Center at Georgia State University, and a principal author of the report. “While the report does not make any claims about job growth, Cobb County is an important location to the state in terms of the number of jobs.”
According to the GSU Policy Brief on municipalities, the leading job supplier by city in Cobb County is Marietta, which supplies 18.10 percent of the county’s jobs. Among the leading occupations in Marietta are health care and social assistance occupations (19.94 percent); wholesale and retail trade (14.65 percent); management and administrative and support (12.68 percent); and educational services (11.53 percent), the report stated.
Other leading Cobb cities for jobs are Smyrna (6.58 percent); Kennesaw (3.63 percent); Acworth (1.49 percent); Austell (0.69 percent); and Powder Springs (0.62 percent), according to the report.
“These reports show the tremendous impact that employers in Cobb County have on Georgia’s economy,” said Brooks Mathis, vice president of economic development for the Cobb Chamber of Commerce. “They also illustrate the diversity in the sectors of employment within Cobb County. The key to our success is diversity. From aerospace and manufacturing to corporate headquarters and information technology, our workforce is capable for accommodating any industry type.”
Mathis said that jobs such as health care, information technology, bioscience and advanced manufacturing will continue to provide high growth opportunities for the Cobb workforce.
“In 2012, we’ll see more existing industry growth, rather than new corporate growth,” Mathis said. “With existing business come additional jobs, product lines and investment into the Cobb and metro community. That being said, the job market looks strong, as companies continue to invest and reposition themselves for continued growth.”
Mathis said Cobb’s ability to be competitive will be crucial within the next 10 years to continue to generate positive job growth.
This GSU Policy Briefs focus on employment in Georgia counties and municipalities, particularly the distribution, type, and quality of jobs. The data comes from the Georgia Department of Labor, which provide information at the establishment level about employment characteristics like number of employees and average wages by industry and county.
For a free copy of the reports, visit www.aysps.gsu.edu/frc/7460.
Michael J. Pallerino has reported on business news for magazines and newspapers in the Atlanta area for more than 20 years.