Agero Inc., a Massachusetts-based company that markets roadside assistance and safety services, plans to add more than 100 people to its Clarksville call center. The company will hire its new employees throughout this year at the facility, which opened almost two years ago. Agero officials say they're also hiring for their Florida, Arizona and Ontario operations.
On the face of it, Nashville's job creation machine is humming along solidly, having posted year-over-year growth of at least 3 percent for 10 of the last 12 months. Worth noting, however, is that the composition of that growth has changed quite a bit in recent months. The construction and business services sectors continue to sprint ahead, but manufacturing job growth has been cut in half and information jobs have been in the red two of the past three months. Helping offset those slowdowns is better growth from transportation/utilities employers and — slight gasp — the first positive government employment numbers since October. Trends worth watching...
The state's Department of Human Services has laid off more than 120 people in its Family Assistance division, which has seen a drop in the number of people using some of its main programs. Chris Bundgaard at News2 has more info on the layoffs and the prospects for more cuts in the near future.
The Nashville Technology Council is partnering with the Tennessee Board of Regents to prepare a grant that will provide technology education, internships and job placement services to unemployed Tennessee citizens. The goal is to have 100 people start internships either later this year or in 2015. But the two organizations need letters of intent from businesses prepared to take on interns — by Monday. Click here for more info.
Walmart officials announced Monday the company is looking to hire 85 employees to work at their new store that will replace an existing location at 2232 Gallatin Pike N. in the Rivergate area.
To accommodate applicants, the company has established a kiosk located at the back of the existing store (which is slated for demolition) and near the Site-2-Store pick-up area.
In a release, store manager David Boner said the company will be hiring both full- and part-time employees, the majority of whom will begin work in June to help prepare the store for its opening this summer.
Middle Tennessee's job engine appears to be humming along nicely so far in 2014. Through the first three months of this year, area employers have grown their collective staff by an average of 3.2 percent. Leading the way have been construction and professional and business services — the latter likely including a number of staffing company positions that will work their way into other sectors on the stat sheet in the coming months. Also worth noting is the growing strength in retail and relative weakness in the finance sector.