great recession

City of Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The City of Knoxville is named in a short list of the nation’s top performing metropolitan economies.

A new report from the Brookings Institute says that Dallas, Pittsburgh and Knoxville are the only metro areas in the U.S. to return to pre-recession levels of economic activity.

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.