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The Best Cities For Temp Jobs In 2015
Yesterday, Forbes reported on the Fastest-Growing Temp Jobs for 2015. Among them are Computer Systems Analyst, Home Health Aide, Pharmacy Technician, Baker, and Software Applications Developer. Temp Jobs are projected to grow 13% between 2014 and 2019, a percentage that translates to 354,877 jobs. Forbes
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New mixed-use development coming at UT Dallas
Developers are about to break ground for a major mixed-use development at the University of Texas at Dallas. The $54 million Northside project will include housing for 600 students plus retail space in a 4-story complex of buildings at the north end of the university campus. Dallas Morning News
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Survey: US businesses add 189,000 jobs in March, tough winter causes hiring pace to slow
U.S. businesses slowed their pace of hiring in March, a private survey found. The slowdown raises questions about how much of an impact falling oil prices, a stronger dollar and harsh winter weather have had on dampening economic growth. Companies added a seasonally adjusted 189,000 jobs last month, payroll processor ADP said Wednesday. That's the first month of gains under 200,000 jobs in 13 months, and it's a decline from 214,000 jobs added in February. US News & World Report
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Knoxville automotive plant expanding, creating 202 jobs
KNOXVILLE — Automotive parts supplier Hicks Plastics expects to create 202 new local jobs with a $10.4 million expansion of its West Knoxville manufacturing plant, according to a Tuesday announcement. Knoxnews.com
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Walmart's Big Stance
Another Indiana-style religious freedom measure is now one signature away from becoming law. Arkansas’ Republican-controlled House of Representatives gave its final stamp of approval Tuesday to House Bill 1228, otherwise known as the the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), according to KARK. It now heads to the desk of the state’s Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who said last week that he would sign the bill. MSNBC
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67.9% of Americans getting new jobs aren't even looking for new jobs
That's according a new research paper by Carlos Carrillo-Tudela, Bart Hobijn, Patryk Perkowski, and Ludo Visschers, published by the San Francisco Fed. The results of their study show that "more than three-quarters of workers who switched employers did not report active job search in the previous three months. Business Insider
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McAuliffe invites Indiana firms to ‘open and welcoming’ Virginia
RICHMOND — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is putting out the welcome mat for Indiana business leaders who might be troubled by that state’s new “religious freedom” law, which opponents say in effect legalizes anti-gay discrimination. Washington Post
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Alabama set record by exporting automobiles to 99 countries in 2014
VANCE, Ala. — According to data from the Alabama Department of Commerce, as reported by AL.com, the state made almost a million automobiles in 2014, exporting to 99 countries, a new record. A total of $6.6 billion worth of vehicles built by Mercedes, Hyundai, and Honda in the state were sent to other countries, mainly Canada ($2 billion) and China ($1.8 billion). Yellowhammernews.com
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50 Reasons We Love the South Now
Some may call it bragging. We call it counting our blessings Our region's charms are well documented, but there's something to be said for taking stock of the people, places, and things that make us proud. Garden and Gun
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200 new jobs coming to East Tennessee
Hicks Plastics is opening a new manufacturing facility in Knoxville with plans to invest $10.4 million and create 202 new jobs. The auto supplier produces lighting components, specializing in molded and vacuum metalized lighting components. Chattanooga Times Free-Press
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For those who still languish over "losing to China" or believe that the economy is still in recession, wake up and smell the data. Economic development in the South was about as good as it gets in calendar year 2015 according to the data. And as for China, borrowing a quote from the late football coach Bear Bryant that he made in the half-time locker room down 15-0 to Georgia Tech in 1960, "We got 'em right where we want 'em." For those of you who don't know the rich history of Alabama Crimson Tide football, Bama scored all of its 16 points in the fourth quarter, kicking a field goal on the last play of the game to beat Tech 16-15.
 

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Today, factories in the U.S. make twice as much product as they did in 1984. And they are doing it with one-third of the manufacturing workforce. In fact, the output of durable goods in 2015 was the highest in the nation's history. So, we do have a strong manufacturing base, at least in the South, much of the Midwest and parts of the West, and it is getting stronger because on a cost-basis, we can compete with any major manufacturing nation in the world.  
 

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The argument for or against a minimum wage hike continues between the reds and the blues, as well as within the economic development community in the South. Should we stay the course with a minimum wage under $8 an hour to better compete with Mexico, the South's biggest competitor for jobs, or set a minimum wage just over $10 an hour, a wage floor most centrists support? That $10 per hour is, according to the MIT Living Wage Calculator, about right in most states in the South for one adult to be able to cover basic expenses plus all relevant taxes.
 
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Recent data from the Computing Technology Industry Association (Comp TIA) showed that the technology industry is one of the fastest growing job generators in the South and the nation. The report also indicated that technology job compensation is growing faster than any other sector.
 


 

 

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