Knoxville Named Best City for Jobs This Spring

KnoxvilleNamedBestCityforJobsThisSpringKnoxville has done it again. This week Knoxville was named the Best City for Jobs this Spring, in an article released by Forbes Magazine.

It shared the first place spot with Greenville, SC. The rankings for the Best and Worst Cities for Jobs is based on a a survey released by ManpowerGroup, which is a an employment services firm. ManpowerGroup survey mored than 18,000 employers in 100 major metropolitan areas to see what employers would hiring, firing, and adding employees this Spring. The survey found that 18% of employers planned on adding to their staff while 6% intended to decrease their staff.

So what earned Knoxville the top spot as the Best City for Jobs this Spring?

With 26% to 27% of area employers expected to add jobs this spring and 1% to 2% of employers expecting to reduce their staff, the city has an overall net employment outlook of 24%, thus making it one of the best cities in the nation for job growth this spring.  Over the past year, the area has seen consistent growth in the healthcare field, automotive suppliers, renewable energy services, and food manufacturing.  And, it is a major base of employment for many companies including: Scripps Networks, Pilot Flying J, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, among many more.

This is not the first time that Knoxville has topped a national list, over the past year, it has topped a wide-variety of lists. It was named the Best Value City for 2011 by Kiplinger. Also, the International Biscuit Festival was also ranked top in the nation by  The city was also named the Most Dog Friendly City in the Southeast by Dog Fancy Magazine. And, Farragut was also named the Most Business Friendly City in Tennessee for 2011.

So what do you think about Knoxville being named the Best City for Job Growth This Spring? Do you think it is worthy of this title?