Nashville employment soars in post-recession period, WSJ reports

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In the aftermath of the Great Recession, Nashville and Cleveland, Tenn., have shown the highest employment growth in Tennessee.

Employment in the Nashville area, including Franklin and Murfreesboro, grew by 23 percent between 2010 and 2016, with Cleveland employment increasing by 25 percent, according to data published Wednesday by the Wall Street Journal, citing a U.S. Conference of Mayors and IHS Markit report.

Nashville’s employment increased by 176,500 and Cleveland saw an increase of 9,700 employees. Clarksville’s employment grew by 13 percent, with 10,300 employees, and Knoxville’s by 10 percent and 36,600 employees.

While the data shows positive job growth overall, it also highlighted declines in the manufacturing sector in recent decades. The Middle Tennessee added 20,200 jobs in manufacturing in the last seven years, but lost 41,400 between 2000 and 2010. Since 1990, manufacturing jobs have declined by 12 percent.

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Source: The Tennessean