Survey: Knoxville hiring will be ‘brisk’ in 3Q

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Metropolitan Knoxville employers plan to add new jobs at a “brisk pace” in the third-quarter, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.

Twenty-three percent of local employers surveyed said they plan to add new jobs during the July through September period, compared to 6 percent who plan to cut staff for a net gain of 17 percent of employers who plan to add workers.

Seventy-one percent expect to maintain current employment levels, Manpower reported.


The numbers show a slight improvement in hiring plans from the third-quarter last year when 21 percent of area employers planned to add jobs and 6 percent expected to trim payrolls, for a net gain of 15 percent of employers who planned to add jobs.

Job sectors expected to see the most hiring in the Knoxville area in the 2013 third-quarter are durable goods manufacturing, transportation and utilities, wholesale and retail trade, financial activities, professional and business services, education and health services and leisure and hospitality, other services and government, the survey says.

The construction sector is expected to cut jobs, while nondurable good manufacturing and information sectors are expected to remain unchanged.

Nationally, 22 percent of the 18,000 employers surveyed said they would add jobs in the 2013 third-quarter, “the highest percentage of employers projecting an increase in hiring since before 2009,” Manpower reported.

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