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17 Market Square, #201
Knoxville, Tennessee  37902

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Todd Napier
President and CEO


Labor Force and Employment:

Businesses in the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley have access to a skilled workforce with a high percentage of technologically trained workers. Workforce development programs ensure that these workers are ready to meet the needs of a changing, competitive global workplace.

The East Tennessee laborshed provides a strong supply of educated, dedicated employees for any type of enterprise. The area is home to top-quality educational institutions including the main campus of The University of Tennessee, eight four-year colleges, four two-year and community colleges, and six technology training centers.

The November 2012 civilian labor force (full and part-time, non-farm wage and salary employees, and self-employed persons) in the Knoxville metropolitan area was 377,290, with an average unemployment rate of 5.4%. Knox County reported a total labor force of 239,400 and 5.2% unemployment. Local rates were lower than the statewide average of 7.6% and the national level of 7.8%. A diversified economy is credited for the stability of local employment and wages.

Knoxville MSA* Non-farm Employment by Industry, November 2012 (excluding Self-Employed)
 Industry Number Percentage 
 Government 51,600  15.1
 Educational, Health Services  50,200 14.7
 Professional, Business Services  50,100 14.7
 Retail Trade  41,600 12.2
 Leisure and Hospitality  34,600 10.1
 Manufacturing  33,000 9.7
      Durable goods  24,800 7.3
      Nondurable goods  8,200 2.4
 Natural Resources, Mining, Construction  18,100 5.3
 Financial Activities  16,600 4.9
 Wholesale Trade  15,600 4.6
 Other Services  12,700 3.7
 Transportation, Warehousing, Utilities  11,400 3.3
 Information  5,500  1.6
 Total  341,000  
Source: Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Labor Market Report, Revised November 2012 (

Knoxville MSA Employment Summary, November 2012
 Unemployment Rate 5.4%
 Total Labor Force 377,290
 Available Labor 20,220
Source: Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Labor Market Report

Current Labor Market Reports are available throught the State of Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development at