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ManpowerGroup: Knoxville Best for Employment Outlook
Anthony Welsch
Tuesday, March 13, 2012

According to a survey released Tuesday by ManpowerGroup and published by Forbes magazine, Knoxville is currently the best city for employment outlook. Twenty-five percent of Knoxville employers surveyed expect to add jobs during the Spring 2012 quarter.

"Through our existing industry visits we have seen companies beginning to hire again," says Rhonda Rice, executive vice president of the Knoxville Chamber. "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."

Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC tied with Knoxville for the ranking. According to Forbes, both have "a 24% net employment outlook, the percentage of employers that expect to add employees (26% and 25%, respectively) minus the percentage that expect to reduce their workforce (a mere 2% and 1%, respectively)." Manpower, an employment services firm, surveyed 18,000+ businesses in 100 metropolitan areas to determine the number anticipating hiring or laying-off employees and those that will maintaining staffing levels during in the second quarter of 2012.

Knoxville's health care industry, automotive suppliers, renewable energy services, and food manufacturing are doing particularly well right now, says Rice. Some of the largest employers in the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley are Scripps Networks, Covenant Health, Energy Solutions, Exedy

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