Alpharetta Jobs – January 2011

Around the middle of each month I survey the career websites of Alpharetta’s largest employers. I count the number of openings and tally them up here, trending the numbers month to month.

The last month has been extraordinary for the Alpharetta job market. It was one announcement after another, each one getting more and more attention. First was electronic payment processor Global Payments. They are moving forward with plans to build a data center along Deerfield Parkway in Milton. This got almost no attention in the media. Next came HP’s plans to bring potentially a thousand jobs to their Alpharetta campus on Windward. At first this was only reported by the Atlanta Business Chronicle but was slowly picked up by the rest of the media. I believe my stats here may have predicted the announcement, as we were observing a spike in their job openings going back to October. I’m tremendously excited about the possibilities at HP.

Then came the announcement from Vesta and their plans to add 300 call center jobs. This got more attention than the HP announcement, even though their call center jobs pay peanuts… $9-$10 per hour. These types of jobs are trivial in my opinion. The employees can’t afford to live in Alpharetta, and probably not even in the surrounding areas.

And finally, the job announcement with the most sizzle of them all! ThyssenKrupp, a company I can’t pronounce, held a press conference with the Governor in Atlanta to announce they are moving IT operations to Alpharetta. That’ll be 110 jobs, not too shabby.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Macy’s. They recently announced plans to add 150 jobs to their IT operations on State Bridge Road in Johns Creek. I don’t give Johns Creek enough credit in this monthly jobs column. There are some large employers there including Ciba Vision, State Farm and Glenayre.

Largest Employers in Alpharetta - January 2011

Company

Number of Jobs

McKesson

99

LexisNexis/Choicepoint

46

ADP

64

E-Trade

15

Equifax

22

AT&T

3

Verizon

3

Radiant

15

HP

96

Alcatel-Lucent

2

UPS

14

Siemens

47

Traveler's

13

T-SYS

19

Total

458

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