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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.

Tennessee slips in ranking of best states for business

Tennessee is the 18th best state for business in 2011, according to CNBC’s annual rankings. That’s down two spots from the 2010 list.

Virginia captured the top spot for the second straight year.

CNBC’s study considers 10 categories: Cost of Doing Business, Workforce, Quality of Life, Economy, Transportation & Infrastructure, Technology & Innovation, Education, Business Friendliness, Access to Capital and Cost of Living.

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Transportation challenges raise tough questions for Tennessee

Of the mountain of information stuffed into the University of Tennessee’s annual economic forecast released on Thursday, one the most important sections — and probably most overlooked — is a chapter on the state’s transportation network.

Norfolk_Southern01.jpgThis special section offers Gov. Bill Haslam and his new administration a detailed primer on the state’s transportation infrastructure — road, rail, river and air — and its importance to the state economy.

Building and maintaining a robust transportation system is one of the most important services government provides. Virtually every aspect of the economy depends on transportation.

The UT report prepared by the Center for Business and Economic Research lays out the transportation challenges facing Tennessee and asks several provocative questions:

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