Tourism ranks high as an important industry in Tennessee. The state has sites of
major Civil War battles including Chattanooga, Murfreesboro and Shiloh, and its
6.4 million citizens have access to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and
the Appalachian Trail through the Blue Ridge Mountains. Country music reigns
high as an American cultural icon in Nashville.
Agriculture and manufacturing are major industries in the state. The unemployment
rate of 8.2 percent January 2012 had steadily fallen every month from 9.2 percent
August 2011. The state is experiencing strong recovery and is expected to grow 3.2
percent real GDP after a major -1.6 percent decline in 2008.
Reviewing employment sectors for January 2011 reveals growth in professional and
business services; durable goods manufacturing; education and health services;
mining, logging, and construction; transportation and utilities; and government.
There was minor, sustainable growth in leisure and hospitality; retail trade; and
Major employers whose headquarters are located in Tennessee include Federal Express
Corp, Hospital Corporation of America, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.,
Dollar General Corp., and AutoZone Inc. Other top employers for job seekers include
Eastman Chemical Co., Nissan North America, Inc., Gaylord Entertainment Co., and
Ingram Content Group Inc.
Additional information can be found regarding Tennessee's economy
and key employers by visiting Wikipedia: Tennessee Economy.