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Another Day, Another "Best City" Ranking

Knoxville sure is coming in tops is a lot of things lately. We 're the most romantic city in the country, and we're one of the gayest, and we have the worst allergies. But today's press release from the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce is actually really good news - Knoxville is currently the best city for jobs!

The Chamber's Garrett Wagley writes, "According to a survey released Tuesday by ManpowerGroup and published by Forbes magazine, Knoxville is currently the best city for employment outlook. Twenty-five percent of Knoxville employers surveyed expect to add jobs during the Spring 2012 quarter."

Full press release below:

Knoxville Named Best City for Jobs

According to a survey released Tuesday by ManpowerGroup and published by Forbes magazine, Knoxville is currently the best city for employment outlook. Twenty-five percent of Knoxville employers surveyed expect to add jobs during the Spring 2012 quarter.

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

Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC tied with Knoxville for the ranking. According to Forbes, both have "a 24% net employment outlook, the percentage of employers that expect to add employees (26% and 25%, respectively) minus the percentage that expect to reduce their workforce (a mere 2% and 1%, respectively)." Manpower, an employment services firm, surveyed 18,000+ businesses in 100 metropolitan areas to determine the number anticipating hiring or laying-off employees and those that will maintaining staffing levels during in the second quarter of 2012.

Knoxville's health care industry, automotive suppliers, renewable energy services, and food manufacturing are doing particularly well right now, says Rice. Some of the largest employers in the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley are Scripps Networks, Covenant Health, Energy Solutions, Exedy America, Pilot Flying J, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

About the Knoxville Chamber

The Knoxville Chamber is the region's leading business organization with more than 2,000 members that employ more than 276,000 individuals. More than 80 percent of Chamber members are small businesses with 25 or fewer employees. It fulfills its mission of Driving Regional Economic Prosperity by recruiting new businesses and supporting existing companies, and serves as the lead economic development agency in the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley. The organization has an active government advocacy program and supports pro-business policies. Members receive marketing, networking, professional development benefits, and many other cost-effective services. For more information visit www.knoxvillechamber.com.

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