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May, 2012:

Good press for our metro area

Forbes magazine ranks the Knoxville Metropolitan Area (which includes Oak Ridge) #6 in its list of the best “mid-size” metro areas for jobs (and we’re number 33 overall among the 398 U.S. metro areas), with healthy job growth. Interestingly, Knoxville seems to be bucking the trends described in the Forbes article, which says that that job growth is best in cities that are centers for the oil and gas industry (not us) and that college towns (Knoxville is one) and places with a large government presence (another attribute of this area) are doing less well than last year. The Innovation Valley website has a nice analysis of the positive business news in our region, including the diversity of the economic activity that led to this ranking.

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