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24/7 Wall St.: Fastest Growing Cities in America

7. Atlanta, Ga.

Change in Population: 19%
Population 7/11: 432,427
Population 4/10: 420,005
Average annual city unemployment (2011): 12.1%
Increase in jobs (2010 to 2011): 28,900 (1.27%)

Though average annual unemployment was extremely high in Atlanta in 2011 at 12.1%, it was actually a significant improvement over 2010 unemployment rate of 12.7%. Additionally, Atlanta’s MSA has experienced significant job growth, adding 28,900 positions between 2010 and 2011. Some 15,400 of these net positions created were in the professional and business services fields. Companies, in these and other fields, that have announced plans to add jobs in the Atlanta area include AT&T (NYSE: T), CBS (NYSE: CBS) and financial technology firm Q2ebanking. The city has also attracted skilled laborers from abroad, with 5,108 individuals receiving H1B visas to work in Atlanta in 2011.
(AP Photo)

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