When it comes to where Fayette residents work, and conversely, where businesses in Fayette draw their workers from, Fayette is intimately tied to the Metro Atlanta region and to the core counties. As the two links below identify from 2008 US Census Bureau ”OnTheMap” data, Fayette residents overwhelmingly go to work outside of our county (73%), and of those commuters, 77% work in another county that is part of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). Only 4.8% of our workforce travel to Coweta or Spalding Counties for employment.
The numbers are even more compelling for higher wage commuters (earning over $40,000/year) where 79% leave our county to go to work. This data is the latest published from the US Census Bureau OnTheMap source.
On the other side of the equation, Fayette businesses import the majority of their workforce with only 33.1% of our workers calling Fayette home. Of the 41,276 jobs in Fayette in 2008, 29.5% come from another ARC county, while only 19.5% come from Coweta/ Spalding/Meriwether counties in the Three Rivers Planning Commission.
The result is that we have a significant dependence and therefore an important stake in the Metro Atlanta region—our residents jobs and our Fayette community’s workforce. This is not an endorsement of being a commuter county—it is just a statement of the facts.
We rate the statement FALSE.