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Chattanooga adds 7,700 jobs in three years but growth pace trails national average

CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

The Chattanooga area has added 7,700 jobs since the Great Recession ended in 2010, but the region's job growth has still trailed the U.S. as a whole since 2010.

For all its success in recruiting Volkswagen, Amazon and Alstom Power to build new factories and distribution centers to Chattanooga during the recession, employment in the Chattanooga area has grown a modest 3 percent since the downturn ended three years ago, trailing the 4 percent national growth pace in the same period.

Employment gains coming out of the worst economic downturn in a half century have varied widely across industries, according to a new study of job growth conducted for the web site CareerBuilder.

Jobs have rebounded strongly in Chattanooga in health care, trucking and fabric mills. But the Chattanooga region shed jobs in its key insurance and appliance manufacturing industries during the past three years while the highest paying major sector — federal civilian employment — rose only 1 percent.

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