(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Metro Atlanta is a winner in the battle for information jobs.
The area ranks No. 6 among metros winning that battle, according to a Forbes analysis. Atlanta's information employment was around 85,000 in 2012 -- up 8.5 percent from the 2009 and the fourth-largest in the United States.
"Mega-companies" see Atlanta "as a major and affordable talent center," Forbes wrote. "General Motors, for example, recently announced plans to set up its new software center in the Atlanta suburbs, bringing more tech jobs."
Forbes says "less expensive" cities such as Raleigh and Austin, Texas are pulling information jobs from places such as Boston, New York and the Silicon Valley/San Fransisco Bay area. But other, upstart locations are also coming into play, such as New Orleans.