Study: More Than One in five Knoxville, Tennessee Employers Planning to Add Jobs

Job seekers in Knoxville, Tennessee recently received some good news regarding the number of employers hiring.

The recent Manpower Employment Outlook Survey found that 21 percent of the companies surveyed had at least some plans to add staff between July and September of this year, while just 6 percent plan a reduction in payroll. While the figures are encouraging, they were lower than last quarter, when 25 percent of employers were hiring. Knoxville Chamber of Commerce executive vice president Rhonda Rice said that big retailers such as Publix, Target and Kroger were all looking to increase staff, bringing new opportunities to the region.

While the added demand for workers is a good sign, in some cases, these firms are unable to find workers with enough skills to be hired.

“Several companies that are trying to find the right skilled workforce they need are struggling,” Rhonda Rice, executive vice president of the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, told the newspaper.

In other parts of Tennessee, there are jobs being added as well. The source reports that Amazon is hoping to add as many as 1,100 workers at its Murfreesboro facility.

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