Survey names Knoxville best city for jobs outlook

Survey names Knoxville best city for jobs outlook

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A survey released Tuesday by ManpowerGroup and published by Forbes magazine, names Knoxville  the best city for employment outlook.

Twenty-five percent of Knoxville employers who were surveyed expect to add jobs during the Spring 2012 quarter.

"Through our existing industry visits we have seen companies beginning to hire again," said 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, South Carolina tied with Knoxville for the ranking.

Greenville is known for engineering and is home to more international manufacturing investment per capita than any other community in the U.S.

According to Forbes, both cities 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 more than 18,000 businesses in 100 metropolitan areas to determine how many expected to hire or lay off employees and those that will maintain staffing levels 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, Rice said.

Some of the largest 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.

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