ManpowerGroup: Knoxville Best City for Jobs
Knoxville is tied for the crown of best city for jobs this spring, according to a survey released Tuesday by ManpowerGroup, an employment services group.
After surveys conducted with 18,000 employers across the country, Manpower found about one-quarter of Knoxville businesses plan to add employees this spring. Knoxville and Greenville, SC are tops in the country.
Knoxville’s health care industry, automotive suppliers, renewable energy services, and food manufacturing are doing particularly well right now, says Rhonda Rice, executive vice president of the Knoxville Chamber.
Some of the biggest employers in the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley are Scripps Networks, Covenant Health, Energy Solutions, Exedy America, Pilot Flying J, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
“Through our existing industry visits we have seen companies beginning to hire again,” Rice says. “As the economy has picked up, even if only slightly, Knoxville companies are feeling more confident and are proceeding with expansion plans that have been on hold for the last couple of years.”
Syracuse, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa rounded out the survey’s top 5.