Labor Market & Workforce

As the geographic center of East Tennessee, Morristown pulls most of its labor force from Hamblen and seven surrounding counties with a combined population of nearly 337,000 people.



With over 19,000 people living and working here and nearly 11,000 commuting in to the county to work, Hamblen County has long been considered a hub for employment.  Residents of the seven closest counties drive into Hamblen County in half an hour or less.

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With nearly 100 manufacturers in the community, we have a strong manufacturing workforce representing over 24% of the total workforce in Hamblen County.

Employment By Industry – Hamblen County

Industry # Jobs % of Total
Manufacturing 9,144 24.2%
Retail Trade 4,892 13.0%
Health Care, Social & Educational Services 4,231 11.2%
Government, State & Local 3,649 9.7%
Administrative & Support Services 2,821 7.5%
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate 1,977 5.2%
Wholesale Trade 1,596 4.2%
Construction 1,581 4.2%
Accommodation & Food Services 2,475 6.6%
Other Services, except Public Admin. 1,974 5.2%
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services 842 2.2%
All Other 1,221 3.2%

Source:  Bureau of Economic Analysis – 2015 Employment by Industry


Having an available workforce with well-trained employees is vital to attracting industry & business to Morristown and Hamblen County. Programs through TN College of Applied Technology and Walters State Community College provide for both current and future needs for skilled and semi-skilled workers.

Other Labor Characteristics include:

·         Tennessee is a right-to-work state.
·         Hamblen County’s average weekly manufacturing wage is $904.00 (2015 Annual Avg.)
·         Unemployment Rate was 4.4% in Hamblen County (July 2017)
·         Unemployment Rate ranged from 4.4 to 7.0% in the seven surrounding counties (July 2017)
 For information regarding occupational wages for the Morristown MSA, please click here
Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce * 825 W. First North Street * P.O. Box 9 * Morristown, TN 37815 * 423-586-6382 * 423-586-6576 fax