Tennessee’s Economy is Booming!

The Tennessee economy performed well in 2016, with a 2.7 percent gain in manufacturing employment, according to a report released Thursday by the University of Tennessee.

The UT Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research said in its 2017 Economic Report to the Governor of Tennessee, that nominal personal income growth in Tennessee matched the national growth of 3.6 percent in 2016. However, in 2015, the state outstripped national growth by more than 1 percent.

Matt Murray, associate director of the Boyd Center and project director for the economic report, summarized it as an overall positive assessment of the state’s economy.

“We’ve had very strong job growth,” he said. “Job growth in Tennessee last year was about 2.4 percent. We’ve had very strong growth in manufacturing employment last year, which is very, very encouraging. The labor markets here in Tennessee and across the nation have become very tight. The employment rate, being low, is an indication of that, but we are also seeing rising wages.”

The report, which relied on the work of nearly every department in the Boyd Center, plus outside experts, was sent to the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development, Murray said. Since 1975, the center has prepared the annual economic study and it is closely read by many in government and in businesses in Tennessee, he said.

“Now, more than ever it is a great time to be a Tennessean,” Randy Boyd, state economic and community development commissioner, said in a statement. “More Tennesseans have jobs that ever before, our citizens are more educated and our household income is the highest in the state’s history.”

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