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Manpower: Metro Knox hiring to improve in 2Q

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Hiring in metropolitan Knoxville is expected to show healthy improvement in the second quarter, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey released Tuesday.
Seventeen percent of Knoxville area employers surveyed said they planned to add jobs in the April to June period, while only 1 percent said they would trim payrolls, Manpower reported.
Construction related businesses are among a broad range of area companies expected to add jobs in the coming quarter.
“We’re seeing a lot more activity in construction. We’re seeing a lot more opportunities,” said  Bill Garibay, president and CEO of ES&H Inc., a Knoxville-based company that provides professional services in construction, remediation, environmental, and safety and health support.
An improving economy is driving increased hiring, said Garibay, who also is president of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of East Tennessee.
“The economy is making a turn. The housing market is making a turn and people are starting to spend money,” he said.
Area employers were considerably more cautious about adding jobs in the first quarter when 13 percent said they would hire in January through March period, while 9 percent expected to cut staff , Manpower reported.
In addition to construction, other Knox area job sectors with the best employment opportunities include, durable goods manufacturing, nondurable goods manufacturing, transportation and utilities, wholesale and retail trade, financial activities, professional and business services, education and health services, leisure and hospitality and government, Manpower said.
Nationwide, 19 percent of employers surveyed plan to add jobs in the second quarter and 4 percent said they would cut staff.
Manpower surveyed more than 18,000 employers across the country for its second quarter report.

Manpower: Knoxville hiring cautious in 1Q

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Job creation in metropolitan Knoxville will proceed at a cautious pace in the first quarter of 2014, according to the Manpower hiring survey released today.
Thirteen percent of Knoxville area employers surveyed said they plan to add jobs in the January through March period, while 9 percent expect to cut staff for a Net Employment Outlook of 4 percent.
Seventy-four percent of Knoxville employers said they would maintain current staffing levels.
Statewide, the outlook is a bit more optimistic as 16 percent of the employers surveyed said they would increase staffing and 7 percent said they would reduce staffing, Manpower reported.
Employment sectors offering the best job prospects in the Knoxville area in early 2014 are durable goods manufacturing , wholesale and retail trade, education and health services, leisure and hospitality and government, according to the survey
Area employers in the transportation and utilities; and professional and business services sectors plan to cut jobs in the first quarter, Manpower reported.
More than 18,000 employers across the country are surveyed for the quarterly Manpower Employment Outlook survey.
Click here for the full Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.

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.

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Deadline near for DoD Freedom Award

 
051311deploy11_MC14973.JPGThe nominations deadline for the 2013 Freedom Award, which is given to civilian employers for their support of employees serving in the National Guard and Reserve, is less than two weeks away.

Nominations for the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award must be received by Jan. 21. The award is the nation’s highest recognition presented to employers.

The Tennessee Valley Authority was one of 15 employers nationwide to receive the award in 2012 and was a semifinalist for the award in 2011 and 2010.

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Free job-search advice from Challeger, Gray

 
Job OpeningsJob seekers can get free job-search advice this holiday season from global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc.

Challenger’s annual two-day job-search call-in is scheduled Dec. 27-28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST.

The telephone number is 312-422-5010.

The Chicago consulting firm will suspend regular operations during the call-in period “so that its staff of professional counselors can provide free job-search advice to callers from across the country,” the company said in a news release.

 

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TVA, Eastman Chemical named Freedom Award semifinalists

TVA and Eastman Chemical are among three Tennessee companies named semifinalists for the 2012 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

The award is the highest recognition given by the Department of Defense to employers for their support of employees who are members of the National Guard and Reserve.

Nationwide, 133 employers were selected as semifinalists from more than 3,200 nominations, according to Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Defense Department agency.

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Employers Freedom Award deadline next week

Guard and Reserve members have one week left to nominate their employers for the 2012
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The deadline is Jan. 16.

The annual award is the Defense Department’s highest recognition for civilian employers. It was established in 1996 to honor employers who provide exceptional support to Guard and Reserve members.

Nominations can be made online at http://www.freedomaward.mil/

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Tenn. employers nominated for DoD Freedom Award

Nominations for the Secretary of Defense Freedom Award, the Department of Defense’s highest award for civilian employers, are now being accepted.

image003.jpgAs of Nov. 1, more than 1,700 Guard and Reserve members had submitted nominations, including 38 nominations from Tennessee service members, according to news release from Employer Support of Guard and Reserve, a defense department agency.

Nominations will be accepted through Jan. 16. Nominations may be made by service members or a family member acting on their behalf.

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Manpower report: 2Q job creation looking good

In another sign that businesses are feeling better about the recovery, job creation in the second quarter in metropolitan Knoxville and across the country will rise, global staffing firm Manpower Inc. reported today.

“Employers in all 50 states report positive hiring intentions and 33 out of 50 states anticipate considerable increases,” according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.

In Knoxville, 18 percent of the area employers surveyed said they plan to add staff from April to June, while only 6 percent reported plans to cut jobs, for a net gain of 12 percent of employers planning to add jobs, Manpower reported.

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Free money from the IRS

The IRS today announced a bit of good news for employers and employees. That’s a sentence you rarely read.

As a result of the Affordable Care Act, “health coverage provided for an employee’s children under 27 years of age is now generally tax-free to the employee,” according to a press release.

What this means is that companies with cafeteria plans can allow employees “to begin making pre-tax contributions to pay for this expanded benefit,” the IRS said. The release defines cafeteria plans as those “that allow employees to choose from a menu of tax-free benefit options and cash or taxable benefits.”

Details on the IRS guidance are available here.

Read the full press release here.