Third quarter hiring in metropolitan Knoxville is expected to remain healthy, although it will slow from a strong second quarter pace, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook survey released Tuesday.
Twenty-one percent of Knoxville area employers surveyed said they would add jobs from July to September, while 6 percent said they planned to decrease staff. Seventy-one percent plan to maintain current staff levels.
In the second quarter survey, 25 percent of area employers said they planned to add workers, and 1 percent said they would cut jobs, making Knoxville’s spring “employment outlook the best in the nation,” Manpower reported.
Despite slowing from the previous quarter, the third quarter hiring outlook for the Knoxville area is up 8 percent from last summer when 13 percent of employers planned to add jobs and 7 percent said they would reduce staff levels.
A broad range of job sectors offer employment opportunities in the coming months, Manpower reported.
The best prospects are in construction, transportation and utilities, wholesale and retail trade, information, financial activities, professional and business services, education and health services, and leisure and hospitality.