Auto sector keeping local job growth in black

Thank goodness for Nissan and General Motors.

The latest batch of Nashville MSA employment growth numbers shows that the region's job base grew by 0.5 percent in 2011. December's year-over-year growth rate was the slowest of 2011 and was dragged down by losses in the information, transportation and government sectors, among others. On the positive side was manufacturing, where the region's auto giants have been ramping up in recent months. Also contributing strongly were the amorphous professional services and other services groups.