The survey (conducted by ManpowerGroup) reveals that the metropolitan areas with the most optimistic forecast of all for hiring this spring are Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, S.C., and Knoxville, Tenn. Both regions enjoy a 24% net employment outlook, the percentage of employers that expect to add employees (26% and 25%, respectively) minus the percentage that expect to reduce their workforce (a mere 2% and 1%, respectively). Another 67% in Greenville-Mauldin-Easley said they anticipate no change, and 5% didn’t know. In Knoxville, 73% expect to maintain staff levels, while 1% of employers are uncertain about their hiring plans.
“Our area is strongly rooted in manufacturing, and we see an uptick in jobs coming from this sector,” says Ben Haskew, president and chief executive of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. “Within the past two weeks, many of our manufacturers participated in a job fair to attract new hires. We are especially strong in automotive and aviation.”
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