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Employment and Occupational Information in Tennessee



Snapshot of Employment in Tennessee in 2010
2,569,420
Total Employment
9.40 %
Unemployment Rate
$38,330
Average Annual Salary
  • #18 amongst U.S. states ranked by total employment growth from the previous year.

  • #18 amongst U.S. states ranked by total employment.

  • #19 amongst U.S. states ranked by average annual wages growth from the previous year.

  • #25 amongst U.S. states ranked by lowest annual unemployment rate among women.

  • #33 amongst U.S. states ranked by lowest annual unemployment rate.

  • #34 amongst U.S. states ranked by lowest annual unemployment rate among men.

  • #38 amongst U.S. states ranked by percentage of of its male civilian population aged 16 and over that constitutes its labor force.

  • #37 amongst U.S. states ranked by percentage of of its female civilian population aged 16 and over that is in active employment.

  • #38 amongst U.S. states ranked by percentage of of its male civilian population aged 16 and over that is in active employment.

  • #38 amongst U.S. states ranked by percentage of of its civilian population aged 16 and over that is in active employment.

  • #39 amongst U.S. states ranked by percentage of of its civilian population aged 16 and over that constitutes its labor force.

  • #39 amongst U.S. states ranked by average annual wages.

  • #37 amongst U.S. states ranked by percentage of of its female civilian population aged 16 and over that constitutes its labor force.

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Total Employment for Tennessee in 2010
Figure 1. Total Employment
Total Employment by Gender for Tennessee in 2010
Figure 2. Employment by Gender
Employment Percent Change for Tennessee in 2010 Figure 3. Employment Percent Change
Unemployment Rate for Tennessee in 2010 Figure 4. Unemployment Rate
Percent of Civilian Population (16 and above) in Employment in Tennessee in 2010 Figure 5. Percentage of Civilian Population in Employment


Tennessee
United States
Total Employment
2,569,420
127,097,160
Total Employment Amount Change from 2009 to 2010
-55,720
-3,550,450
Total Employment Percent Change from 2009 to 2010
-0.02 %
-0.03 %
Percent of Women Employed
51.90 %
53.60 %
Percent of Men Employed
62.00 %
58.50 %
Unemployment Rate
9.40 %
9.60 %
Unemployment Rate Amongst Women
7.70 %
8.60 %
Unemployment Rate Amongst Men
10.90 %
10.50 %
Table 1. Employment Information for Tennessee


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Salary Information for Tennessee
Annual Salary Distribution for Tennessee in 2010 Figure 6. Annual Salary Distribution
Hourly Wage Distribution for Tennessee in 2010 Figure 7. Hourly Wage Distribution
Average Annual Salary for Tennessee in 2010 Figure 8. Average Annual Salary
Average Hourly Wage for Tennessee in 2010 Figure 9. Average Hourly Wage
Wage Increase Percent for Tennessee in 2010 Figure 10. Average Annual Wage Percent Change


Tennessee
United States
Average Annual Salary
$38,330
$44,410
Average Hourly Wage
$18.43
$21.35
Average Annual Salary Change from 2009 to 2010
0.03 %
0.02 %
Table 2. Salary Information for Tennessee


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VIEW ALL TENNESSEE OCCUPATIONS HERE
HIGHEST PAYING OCCUPATIONS
1. Management Occupations: $85,390
2. Legal Occupations: $82,020
3. Architecture and Engineering Occupations: $70,160
4. Computer and Mathematical Occupations: $63,750
5. Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations: $61,470
Table 3. Highest Paying Tennessee Occupations

FASTEST GROWING SALARIES
1. Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations: 0.05 %
2. Architecture and Engineering Occupations: 0.05 %
3. Management Occupations: 0.04 %
4. Sales and Related Occupations: 0.04 %
5. Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations: 0.03 %
Table 4. Tennessee Occupations with the Fastest Growing Salaries

POPULAR OCCUPATIONS
1. Office and Administrative Support Occupations: 17.21 %
2. Sales and Related Occupations: 10.08 %
3. Transportation and Material Moving Occupations: 9.07 %
4. Production Occupations: 9.02 %
5. Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations: 8.67 %
Table 5. Popular Tennessee Occupations
(Percentage of Total Employment for the State)
FASTEST GROWING EMPLOYMENT
1. Legal Occupations: 0.12 %
2. Architecture and Engineering Occupations: 0.11 %
3. Healthcare Support Occupations: 0.06 %
4. Education, Training, and Library Occupations: 0.04 %
5. Business and Financial Operations Occupations: 0.04 %
Table 6. Tennessee Occupations with the Fastest Growing Employment


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Tennessee Metro Areas Information


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HIGHEST PAYING METRO AREAS
1. Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN: $40,710
2. Memphis, TN: $40,180
3. Knoxville, TN: $39,100
4. Chattanooga, TN: $38,240
5. Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN: $36,880
Table 7. Metro Areas with the Highest Salaries

METRO AREAS WITH FASTEST GROWING WAGES
1. Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN: 0.07 %
2. Knoxville, TN: 0.03 %
3. Chattanooga, TN: 0.03 %
4. Johnson City, TN: 0.03 %
5. Morristown, TN: 0.02 %
Table 8. Metro Areas with the Fastest Growing Salaries

POPULAR METRO AREAS
1. Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN: 703,190
2. Memphis, TN: 586,140
3. Knoxville, TN: 319,770
4. Chattanooga, TN: 219,760
5. Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN: 112,700
Table 9. Metro Areas with Highest Employment
FASTEST GROWING METRO AREAS
1. Cleveland, TN: -0.01 %
2. Johnson City, TN: -0.01 %
3. Clarksville, TN: -0.01 %
4. Knoxville, TN: -0.01 %
5. Chattanooga, TN: -0.01 %
Table 10. Metro Areas with the Fastest Growing Employment


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Tennessee Business Statistics Information
LARGEST NUMER OF FIRMS
1. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, TN : 30,462
2. Memphis, TN: 20,042
3. Knoxville, TN : 13,498
4. Chattanooga, TN: 9,431
5. Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN: 5,245
Table 11. Metro Areas with the Largest Number of Registered Firms (2008)
HIGHEST CONCENTRATION OF ESTABLISHMENTS
1. Memphis, TN: 1.34
2. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, TN : 1.27
3. Knoxville, TN : 1.24
4. Chattanooga, TN: 1.23
5. Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN: 1.21
Table 12. Metro Areas with the Highest Number of Establishments Per Firm (2008)
HIGHEST EMPLOYMENT PER FIRM
1. Memphis, TN: 27.7
2. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, TN : 23.86
3. Chattanooga, TN: 23.53
4. Knoxville, TN : 22.88
5. Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN: 22.34
Table 13. Metro Areas with the Highest Number of Employees Per Firm (2008)
HIGHEST ANNUAL PAYROLL PER FIRM
1. Memphis, TN: $1,093,780
2. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, TN : $969,706
3. Knoxville, TN : $836,534
4. Chattanooga, TN: $790,770
5. Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN: $756,080
Table 14. Metro Areas with the Highest Annual Payroll Per Firm (2008)


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Tennessee Industry Business Statistics Information
LARGEST EMPLOYMENT
1. Manufacturing: 14.59%
2. Health care and social assistance: 14.4%
3. Retail trade: 13.11%
4. Accommodation and food services: 9.89%
5. Administrative and support and waste management and remediation services: 8.4%
Table 15. Local Industries with the Largest Employment (2008)
LARGEST NUMER OF FIRMS
1. Retail trade: 14,596
2. Other services (except public administration): 13,198
3. Construction: 11,356
4. Health care and social assistance: 10,956
5. Professional, scientific, and technical services: 10,334
Table 16. Local Industries with the Largest Number of Registered Firms (2008)
HIGHEST EMPLOYMENT PER FIRM
1. Management of companies and enterprises: 99.99
2. Manufacturing: 60.81
3. Utilities: 57.88
4. Educational services: 48.01
5. Transportation and warehousing: 41.84
Table 17. Local Industries with the Highest Number of Employees Per Firm (2008)
HIGHEST ANNUAL PAYROLL PER FIRM
1. Management of companies and enterprises: $8,633,260
2. Utilities: $3,378,917
3. Manufacturing: $2,572,361
4. Information: $1,690,709
5. Transportation and warehousing: $1,522,599
Table 18. Local Industries with the Highest Annual Payroll Per Firm (2008)


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Further Information on Employment and Occupations in Tennessee


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Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor and U.S. Census Bureau, Department of Commerce


TENNESSEE METRO AREAS


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