Knoxville job market best in the nation

Job creation is looking up in Knoxville – way up. A new survey by Manpower Group says that Knoxville will have the strongest job market in the country in the second quarter.

Twenty-five percent of Knoxville employers surveyed said they will be adding jobs in the second quarter, up from 17 percent in the first quarter this year and 18 percent in the second quarter 2011.

Only 1 percent of the metro Knoxville business surveyed said they will be cutting jobs this spring.

“Among survey participants, the Knoxville, TN MSA employment outlook is the best in the nation,” Manpower said in a news release.

That’s an impressive statement given that Manpower surveyed more than 18,000 employers nationwide.

The Knoxville Chamber quickly issued its own release and the city also drew props from Forbes.

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

Here’s the Forbes story: The Best And Worst Cities for Jobs This Spring

Knoxville Chamber news release