In December 2018, the unemployment rate (average) in the United States was just under 4% according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. At the same time and according to the same group, the unemployment rate for Blount County, TN was measurably less – at just under 3%. This is because the economy in the area is thriving and growing, and it makes 2019 a perfect time to consider starting (or updating) your career in this area.
Why Blount County?
It does not take much to see why Blount County is a good choice for those looking for opportunity. A visit to the Job Board offered by the Blount County Chamber of Commerce shows a diversity of industries and a huge array of skills being sought out by the region’s many employers.
Yet it is also important to note the different ways that the area’s employers and the Chamber itself are investing in workers moving to the area. For example, the Chamber has such resources as that Job Board, but also:
- Soft skills development resources
- Free technology classes
- Resources for Newcomers to the area
- Access to the Jobs4TN site with any listings for work in the state
It also takes only a minute of reading or online research to see that there are many key industries within Blount County, and these firms employ thousands (while regularly seeking and hiring more). For example, the biggest employers include Denso Manufacturing, Clayton Homes, Maryville College, Accenture Hospitality, Newell Rubbermaid, the Blount Memorial Hospital, McGhee Tyson, Arconic, TeamHealth, Ruby Tuesday, and many others. This represents a tremendous range of job skills needed, and potential employers. Healthcare accounts for almost 15% of the county’s industries, but retail trade, manufacturing and construction are close behind.
Self-Employed Always Welcome
And for those eager to be their own bosses while living in Blount County, it is a great spot for the self-employed. The Blount County Chamber of Commerce has a lot of resources available for the self-starters and the owner-operated businesses relocating to the region. Membership in the Chamber alone provides an unprecedented number of benefits to business owners of all kinds.
The benefits include everything from publicity and exposure to support with networking and referrals. Finding county clientele and promoting your business are just part of what you can count on if you decide to start a new business.
The Data Speaks for Itself
At a time when many regions are struggling, Blount County, TN is thriving. The population is growing, but at a nominal and amenable rate. The median household income has grown more than 2% in a single year and employment is up by 2.3%. Property values are growing and it rates as an amazing place to live and work, open a business or start a career. With the resources listed here, this could be the perfect time for you to consider your career change in Blount County.