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
  • Overall Employment Growth
  • Per Capita Income
  • Average Annual Wage
  • Poverty Rate
  • Overall Growth in GDP
  • Net New Jobs
  • Business Tax Climate Rating
  • The percentage of the workforce that is unemployed. A person is classified as unemployed if they do not have a job, they have actively looked for work in the previous four weeks, and they are currently available for work.
    March 2015, US Department of Labor.
  • 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.
    FY 2014, US Department of Labor.
  • 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.
    2014, US Department of Commerce.
  • The average annual wage for all industries in the private sector.
    2013, US Department of Labor.
  • The percent of the population (all ages) living in poverty. The data here reflects the federal government's official poverty definition.
    2015, US Census Bureau.
  • The percent growth in a state's annual output, which is the sum of value added from all industries in the state.
    2012, US Department of Commerce.
  • The number of new private sector jobs from one year to the next.
    2014, US Department of Labor.
  • 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.
    FY 2014, The Tax Foundation.