Tennessee Works - Recession Proof Jobs

Feb 22, 2012

MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT) – WMOT News is launching a special series of reports this week entitled "Tennessee Works." The series will examine economic sectors that prospered during the recession.

Tennessee’s unemployment rate peaked in June of 2009 at 10.8 percent. Joblessness has fallen slowly in the months since, but is still an uncomfortably high 8.7 percent.

There are some professions, though, that enjoyed low unemployment even at the height of the economic downturn.

Wood Personnel is an employment agency with offices located throughout Middle Tennessee. Company President Bill Wood says local employers are always clamoring for more IT workers.

“Nashville is a growing technological hotbed and I think that trying to find more technical people is always a challenge. The unemployment rate for IT people now is around three percent and so they’re always in high demand.”

Wood says health care workers and accountants have also enjoyed low unemployment during the recession.