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Jobs & Economic Development

Governor Haslam's Goal: To be the #1 state in the Southeast for high quality jobs.

Governor Haslam’s top priority is attracting and growing good jobs in Tennessee.  The opportunity to obtain a high quality job is the key to
providing for a family and ensuring a happy and healthy life in our great state.  While Governor Haslam believes that government doesn’t
create jobs, he is working hard to foster a business-friendly environment that will make it easier for Tennessee companies to grow and
make our state a more attractive place for businesses to locate.

Unemployment Rate percentages for the State of Tennessee.

Chart depicting the percentage of the workforce that is unemployed. A person is classified as unemployed if they do not have a job,  have actively looked for work in the previous four weeks, and are currently available for work (Source: March 2015, US Department of Labor).

Employment Growth percentages for all public sectors for the State of Tennessee.

Chart depicting employment growth (all sectors) Percentage for the State of Tennessee. Employment growth indicates the rate of growth at which the state’s economy is filling new jobs and is determined by the 12 month percent change in the Quarterly Census of Employment Wages (QCEW) figures from the previous to the current year. (Source: FY 2014, US Department of Labor).

Personal Income rate averages (per capita) for the State of Tennessee.

Chart depicting the per capita income for the State of Tennessee. The personal income of all residents divided by the population of Tennessee as of July 1 of the reference year. Personal income is the income received by all persons from all sources where all dollar estimates are in current dollars (Source: 2014, US Department of Commerce).

The average annual wage for the State of Tennessee in all private sector industries.

Chart depicting the average annual wage for the State of Tennessee in all private sector industries (Source: 2013, US Department of Labor).

Poverty Rate averages for the State of Tennessee, based upon the U.S. Federal Government's official poverty definition.

Chart depicting the The percent of the population (all ages) living in poverty in the State of Tennessee. The data here reflects the federal government's official poverty definition (Source: 2015, U.S. Census Bureau).

     Source: 2015, U.S. Census Bureau

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth for the State of Tennessee.

Chart depicting the the percentage of growth in Tennessee's annual output, which is the sum of value added from all industries in the state. (Source: 2012, US Department of Commerce).

The State Business Tax Climate Ranking for the State of Tennessee.

Chart depicting Tennessee's State Business Tax Climate Ranking, which currently stands at 13th in the nation. The state business tax climate index is put out by the Tax Foundation and measures the “tax-friendliness” to business of each state’s tax system. The ranking compares Tennessee's state business tax climate index to that of the other 50 states (Source: FY 2014, The Tax Foundation).

     Source: FY 2014, The Tax Foundation