NASHVILLE — In today’s job market the competition is more fierce than ever as a job seeker. According to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the state’s labor force hit a record high unemployment rate of 8.3% in May 2013 while the national unemployment rate significantly decreased to around 7.6%. This was mostly due to relocated workers returning to the labor force as unemployed persons in the retail trade, administrative support and food services markets.
However, there is some good news. The Smyrna, TN Nissan Manufacturing Plant is adding 900 new jobs with hourly rates as high as $31 per hour – putting the plant’s workforce at over 7,000 employees. There is also a high demand for quality workers in small businesses across the state such as Crossroads Moving Company located in Hendersonville, TN that serves all of Middle Tennessee as well as out-of-state moves for its customers. Matthew Brown, President, says the operation has seen steady growth since inception many years ago and he plans to hire several skilled workers after launching the new website to maintain Crossroad’s image as a trustworthy and reliable moving company.
While the unemployment rate in Tennessee has grown to record highs this year, there are always more opportunities arising. As the old saying goes – “when one door closes, another opens.” Remaining optimistic is key to driving success both personally and for businesses. This may be a time when you want to refresh your resume so you can either be prepared or start getting your name out there and stay ahead of the competition.