Williamson County had the highest percentage of job growth compared to other large counties in the nation in 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Department of Labor.
In 2015, the 6.8-percent increase in job creation in Williamson was more than three times higher than the national job growth rate of 1.9 percent. Many other Tennessee counties saw job growth that outpaced the national average as well, including Shelby, Hamilton, Knox and Rutherford counties.
“These numbers show that Tennessee is on the right track with nearly 3 million new jobs created over the last year,” Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips said. “We are excited to see job growth throughout the entire state of Tennessee.”
Williamson County’s largest employment increase occurred in professional and business services, which added 2,538 jobs in 2015, an 8.8-percent increase from the previous year.
“This is fantastic news for Williamson County and a testament to the hard work on both the local and state level to increase job opportunities in our area,” Rep. Charles Sargent (R-Franklin) said. “By keeping taxes and government regulation as low as possible, businesses and individuals have the freedom to succeed in an environment that rewards hard work and entrepreneurship. In turn, our community, and our state, can create jobs and expand the economy.”