Workforce Demographics

Tennessee is a right-to-work state with no personal income tax on wages and salaries. With the lowest state debt per capita in the country, Tennessee is the second lowest in the U.S. for state and local tax taxes paid per capita.


Professional, Scientific & Technical Services is Oak Ridge's #1 Industry



Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations are +4.7x the average makeup of jobs (

Oak Ridge Workforce Statistics

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Anderson County

  • 78,734 total population
  • 37,794 total labor force
  • 3,481 total establishments
  • $27,961 per capita income
  • Median age 45
  • 34% college graduates or above
  • $49,175 median household income
  • Unemployment Rate May 2022: 3.2%
  • Average weekly wage: $1,196

Roane County

  • 55,232 total population
  • 25,795 total labor force
  • 1,796 total estab.
  • $30,851 per capita
  • median age 48
  • 31% college grad or above
  • $54,686 median household income
  • Unemployment May 2022: 3.6%
  • Average weekly wage: $1,403


  • From December 2020 to March 2021, gross job gains from opening and expanding private-sector establishments in Tennessee were 144,611... a net employment gain of 16,604 jobs in the private sector during the first quarter of 2021.
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 AMERICAN JOB CENTERS | American Job Centers (AJCs) are locations where employers can connect with staff to help identify, attract, and select best-qualified candidates to fill open positions. AJCs offer many services to address the diverse needs of companies across Tennessee.

 MOBILE AMERICAN JOB CENTERS | When access to American Job Center (AJC) locations is limited the Mobile American Job Center can be used to fill in for areas lacking brick and mortar locations; the mobility of the Coach provides access to those with transportation needs, in both rural and urban areas, by bringing job services directly to underserved communities.

  JOBS4TN | A virtual recruitment tool where employers can browse the profiles of prospective candidates or post job openings. This digital forum can help connect the more than 90,000 jobs across the State directly to job seekers while aiding in efficient management of responses from the public.

 WORK OPPORTUNITY TAX CREDIT | The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal program, administered by each state, intended to incentivize businesses to hire specific target groups that typically face significant barriers to employment. These target groups include, but are not limited to: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit recipients, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, veterans, ex-felons, and the long-term unemployed. Within 28 days of the hire date of an individual in one of the categories, an employer can submit an application for the tax credit. If the employee is eligible under the program then the company can receive a tax credit ranging from $1,200 to $9,600, depending on the target group.

APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING GRANT The Apprenticeship Training Grant (ATG) is given to any Tennessee employer interested in starting an apprenticeship program, or to those already authorized as a Registered Apprenticeship Program by the US Department of Labor. The ATG assists companies in: entering eligible dislocated workers into apprenticeship training, providing assistance in teaching first or second-year apprentices, or offer guidance to pre-apprenticeship program participants.

ON-THE-JOB TRAINING GRANT | The On-the-Job Training Grant (OJT) encourages employers to hire individuals without prior experience by paying up to 75% of the trainee’s wages during a specified training period; to receive this grant the company agrees to continue to employ the trainee upon successful completion of the program.

INCUMBENT WORKER TRAINING GRANT | The Incumbent Worker Training Grant (IWT) is a competitive grant intended to upgrade the skills of existing full-time employees through continued education. This program incentivizes retention of current workers who will become more knowledgeable and productive through skills attainment.

RAPID RESPONSE By law Tennessee employers are required to provide written notice to the Dislocated Worker Unit within 60 days of a mass layoff that affects 50 or more workers. Work Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) notices are then generated, and sent within 48 hours, to the Rapid Response team to mitigate a meeting with businesses to discuss transition services for employees.

 VETERAN SERVICES | Hiring veterans can have many advantages for a company. Technological advances in military equipment, and the requisite training provided to maintain this gear, makes veterans highly competitive in a broad spectrum of job positions.

FEDERAL BONDING | Federal Bonding is a program offered to employers who are hesitant to hire applicants based upon involvement in the criminal justice system. The bond insures businesses against employee theft and dishonesty, up to an amount of $5,000, from the date of hire through the first six months of employment. The Federal Bonding program is at no cost to companies and covers any employer, in any state, for any job position.