Haslam's workforce upgrade plan

Gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam has more details on how he wants to improve the delivery of relevant job training via Tennessee's community colleges and technology centers.
“Essentially, we just need to have flexibility at the local level to meet the needs of each community’s businesses and workforce,” Haslam continued. “This can mean a lot of different things, but the point is to let local demand drive the operation the way we do in business.
Apr 22, 2010 3:44 PM

Area employers step up in March

Region's jobless rate drops despite almost 6,000 returning to labor force
Apr 22, 2010 3:09 PM

And after the infrastructure spurt...

Standard & Poor's Chief Economist David Wyss sees a rush of public spending on infrastructure this summer and fall as states rush to the federal faucet before it's turned off. After that, things don't look good for the economy.
Apr 22, 2010 8:55 AM

Tech workforce initiative shows modest success

Two-year-old T3 initiative reports more tech grads
Apr 20, 2010 10:26 PM

The state's best large companies to work for

Our colleagues at BusinessTN have again teamed up with The Best Companies Group to find the best employers in the Volunteer State. Five of the 11 honorees have large local operations, with Pinnacle Financial Partners and Mars Petcare leading the way.
Apr 20, 2010 10:55 AM

Health care collection agency adding 20 jobs

Alabama deal will add 60% to payroll
Apr 19, 2010 2:02 PM

On the side

More area workers look to self-employment for supplemental income [From our print edition featured in Monday's City Paper]
Apr 18, 2010 1:40 PM

Digesting the bad claims report

Jim Picerno examines what looks like a stalled jobs recovery and compares it to 2001.
As always, the standard caveat is relevant here: initial claims are volatile and so any one reading should be taken with a grain of salt. That said, it’s getting harder to dismiss the trend this year for this series: treading water.
SEE ALSO: Rise in jobless claims underscores wobbly recovery
Apr 16, 2010 9:07 AM

Jobless rate relatively flat

Statewide unemployment dips 0.1 percent
Apr 15, 2010 1:47 PM

Whither the jobs market?

Reading James Cooper and Gerard Jackson, we get two very different views on the U.S. economy's employment prospects based on them paying attention to different indicators. From Cooper: "Profits and productivity go hand in hand, but the recent gains in productivity are far from sustainable. In an economy expected to grow at even a moderate 3 percent pace, businesses cannot continue to stretch their existing employees and facilities the way they did last year. They will have to add more workers." And from Jackson: "Right now the country has some very dodgy employment figures that even if accurate still do not paint an optimistic picture. There is also the fact that commercial and industrial loans continue to shrink, meaning that business is not borrowing. Then we have the situation of a contracting money supply which in itself strongly suggests an aborted recovery could be on the horizon." [poll id="10"]
Apr 13, 2010 8:28 AM