The Volunteer State – holding strong and growing into 2024

As of December 2023, Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly from 3.3% in Jovember to 3.5%. This change indicates a small uptick in the unemployment rate, although it remains relatively low, suggesting a stable job market overall in the state​​​​.

Looking ahead to January 2024, for sectors like manufacturing, supply chain, warehouse, advanced engineering, and skilled labor in Tennessee, the forecast can be analyzed based on these unemployment trends and the broader economic context:

  1. Manufacturing: Given the overall stability in the job market, the manufacturing sector may continue to show resilience. However, specific data on manufacturing job openings or shifts in demand for manufacturing skills in Tennessee could change the dataset moving into 2024. The overall demand/supply curve remands inverted with more open positions than talent available to staff them.
  2. Supply Chain and Warehouse: These sectors could be influenced by both national and regional economic trends as Tennessee remains at the midpoint for hiring growth in 2024. The slight increase in the unemployment rate doesn’t necessarily indicate a downturn in these areas, but companies might be adjusting to market demands or technological changes.
  3. Advanced Engineering and Skilled Labor: With a generally stable job market, demand for high-skilled roles, including those in advanced engineering, is likely to remain steady with significant long term investments in the region. The specifics, however, would depend on industry-specific trends, technological advancements, and regional economic factors.

Given these factors, the job market in Tennessee for these sectors appears to be reasonably stable as of the end of 2023. For those seeking employment or career changes in these fields, it would be beneficial to stay informed about the latest industry trends and potential skill requirements that may arise as the market evolves into 2024.

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