The Nashville MSA continued to crank out a solid number of new jobs in November and has now averaged 3.5 percent growth over the past 10 months. But look more closely at the breakdown below — courtesy of the BLS and the BERC at MTSU — and you'll see that the strongest sources of that growth have changed during that time. In the spring, it was manufacturing and transportation pulling the train along with business services. Now it's leisure and hospitality coming on stronger along with the services sector while manufacturing has come back to the pack and both transportation and trade have given up a lot of ground.
United Auto Workers members in Spring Hill last week voted to approve with General Motors a new contract that will bring another 384 jobs here. The new positions cover a variety of work and are on top of the 1,800 people GM said this summer it planned to hire locally. The agreement — see the highlights here — also sets the stage for Spring Hill to receive two new "core products" — and presumably, some more jobs — in the near future. Local 1853 Shop Chairman Mike Herron tells Chambers Williams there's no way to tell when that will be and that it will happen "when the company decides the timing is right."
Davidson County saw its unemployment rate at 6.7 percent in October, unchanged from the September rate.
According to statistics from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Knox County (Knoxville) also saw 6.7 percent joblessness in October.
Rounding out the state’s four major metropolitan areas, Hamilton County (Chattanooga) had a rate of 8 percent, unchanged from the September number, while Shelby County (Memphis) was 10.1 percent, up from 9.9 percent.
Tennessee’s unemployment rate for October was 8.4 percent, unchanged from the September figure. The national unemployment rate for October 2013 was 7.3 percent, up one tenth of one percentage point from September.
The labor department numbers show the jobless rates increased in 64 counties, decreased in 18 counties and remained the same in 13 counties.
The state unemployment rate is seasonally adjusted while the county unemployment rates are not. Seasonal adjustment is a statistical technique that eliminates from economic time series the influences of weather, holidays, the opening and closing of schools, and other recurring seasonal events.
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has launched a network of social media sites dedicated to quickly informing job seekers of local jobs, workshops, and job fairs via Twitter.
“The vision of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development is to have the most employable workforce for business and industry in the nation,” said Dustin Swayne, Labor Deputy Commissioner. “Social media provides an efficient and effective way of distributing information back to our customers.”
Social media is all about sharing information. With features like Retweet and Favorite, the broad-reaching capabilities of Twitter can easily inform the Twitter community about new local jobs. Job seekers on Twitter can easily discover their next job because of a tweet that was shared directly on a Twitter feed. Since Twitter is accessible from either a computer or smartphone, the free service Twitter provides can land a job seeker employment faster than ever before.
Multiple Twitter accounts were launched to direct job tweets to specific regions of the state. For example, a new job post located near Memphis does not affect residents in Cookeville. The Memphis job opportunity will appear on the @TNCCMemphis handle in order to focus job announcements in that area. Each handle is named ‘TNCC’ followed by the name of the city. Nashville’s Twitter account is @TNCCNashville and Dyersburg’s handle is listed as @TNCCDyersburg.
Ex-convicts asking the courts to restore their voting rights should be able to ask a judge to restore their employability, according to Sen. Brian Kelsey.
The Germantown Republican is repitching a bill, SB276, mirrored after Ohio’s 2012 effort to allow people convicted of non-violent crimes to petition a judge for an employment certificate. The Tennessee bill never budged from committee this year.
While the Republican-led legislature has positioned itself as generally tough on crime, Kelsey argued in the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting Monday the move would lessen unemployment and reduce recidivism.
Used-auto retailer CarMax says it wants to hire more than 1,000 people across the country in the coming months. About 40 of those will be in Nashville, where the publicly traded company (Ticker: KMX) runs stores in 100 Oaks, Cool Springs and Madison. Officials say most of the openings are for technicians and detailers, but a number of sales and business operations jobs also need to be filled.
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