Despite the significant drop off, it still matters a lot.
VIDEO: More on jobs
Channel 2 investigative reporter Richard Belcher has the latest on Worksource program.
Even if the economy isn't the very top issue on voters' minds, it is decidedly one of their key concerns. It is "extremely or very important" to 78 percent of voters, according to Gallup.
Voters tend to intensely focus on the economy in tough times when they are struggling to find work or pay their bills. That concern becomes less intense as things improve.
As with job growth, the low unemployment rate – 3.1 percent – also bespeaks good times.
Yet, a large share of the jobless have been looking at least six months for work. And the share of working-age people in the workforce is also lower than it was a few years ago – as if many people simply stopped looking for jobs.
That larger pool of potential workers could be one reason for sluggish pay growth, some economists say.
The median pay in metro Atlanta is $54,329, slightly better than the national average, according to the most recent survey by Glassdoor, a national jobs site.
But nine years into the expansion, wage growth overall has been fairly sluggish. In the past 12 months, median pay has increased just 2.3 percent. And even those gains are lost for some workers in the rising cost of living.
Inflation ran at 3.1 percent in metro Atlanta during the first half of this year and 3.4 percent during the second half of last year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Among the lower paid jobs are baristas, with a base pay of $23,114; restaurant cooks, with a base of $27,808; and certified nursing assistants, with a base pay of $27,034.
Of course, some employees do much better than the median. According to Glassdoor, the highest median pay is for tech jobs like Solutions Architect, with a base pay of $112,051; IT manager, with a base of $99,382; and java developer, with a base of $80,226.
Share of voters picking each as highest priority
Dissatisfaction with government/Poor leadership: 27 percent
Economic issues: 19 percent
Immigration: 13 percent
Unifying the country: 6 percent
Race relations/Racism: 6 percent
Healthcare: 6 percent
Lack of respect for each other: 5 percent
Source: Gallup Inc.
Share of voters who say the issue is extremely or very important
Healthcare: 80 percent
The economy: 78 percent
Immigration: 78 percent
Way women are treated: 74 percent
Gun policy: 72 percent
Taxes: 70 percent
Source: Gallup Inc.