Survey: modest 4Q hiring gains in Knox, nation


Job OpeningsHiring in metropolitan Knoxville in the fourth quarter should improve compared to a year ago, but job gains will be modest, according to the latest survey by Manpower Inc.

Fifteen percent of Knoxville area employers said they plan to add jobs in the fourth quarter and 8 percent plan to redue staff levels, according to the 4Q Manpower Employment Outlook Survey released this week.

A year ago, 12 percent of aera employers who responded said they planned to increase staffing and 11 percent planned to decrease staffing.


Employment sectors in the Knoxville region with the best job prospects at the end of 2010 are: Transportation & Utilities, Wholesale & Retail Trade, Financial Activities, Professional & Business Services, Education & Health Services and Leisure & Hospitality.

Sectors expected to cut jobs are: Durable and Nondurable Goods Manufacturing and Government.

Nationally, there should be a slight gain in employment levels in the last three months of the year, Milwaukee-based Manpower reported.

Fifteen percent of employers nationwide said they would add jobs and 11 percent said they would cut jobs at the end of the year.

“Clearly there are signs of a softening labor market, but when we consider what we are hearing from our clients and by looking at our own business, there is reason to be cautiously optimistic,” Manpower Chairman and CEO Jeff Joerres said in a press release.

“The hiring intentions for the fourth quarter are not enough to break through the labor market sound barrier that we’re all eagerly anticipating, as 71 percent of employers indicate no change in hiring.”

Manpower national and metro area surveys

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