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Report ranks Rutherford County 3rd in nation for job growth

Posted: Updated: Oct 2, 2012 06:23 PM

When it comes to employment growth, Rutherford County remains the envy of almost every county in the country.

A recent report from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists Rutherford County as third in the nation for percentage increase in employment from March 2011 to March 2012.

A release from the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce says that while national employment is up 1.8%, the county hugging the southeast corner of Nashville increased by 5.3%.

"This report showed that our efforts to foster an environment for significant economic growth is working," said Bill Jones, who chairs the group called Destination Rutherford.

Visitors don't have to look very hard in Rutherford County to find evidence of the numbers.

On bustling Medical Center Parkway just off Interstate 24, the sounds of construction can be heard as the county's second Thornton's Market goes up.

"You got a good infrastructure here to build off of here, it's just a good location," said Schaub Construction supervisor Anthony Orange whose company is building the new gas station.

"We get more than 50 people here working on some days, and no less than 20," he said while looking at roofers, bricklayers and carpenters on the construction property Wednesday.

"We are pretty busy," the construction supervisor added about the three-month project that hopes to be finished by early November.

Not more than 100-yards away outside the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce offices, the group's Vice-President of Economic Development gave Nashville's News 2 her take about what makes the area attractive to employment growth.

"We have the available space, we have a lot of buildings, we have a lot of industrial markets, we also have the labor market, along with low state and local taxes," said Holly Sears.

While the county knows much depends on big employers, it has like Nissan or more recently Amazon, smaller businesses coming in create construction jobs or relocate to be a supplier to the biggest companies.

One example is the French company Valeo which brought more 60-jobs last year to make auto parts for Nissan.

"Smaller businesses you can nurture, you can grow here and you can provide jobs for your community," said Sears who helps bring those businesses to Rutherford County.

In 2005, Rutherford County ranked number one for three business quarters in economic growth.

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