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Workforce numbers in Wilson compare favorably to 2007

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           Diane Fletcher of the JECDB explained that growth in Wilson County has been a major contributor to keeping the workforce at or near the same level as last year even though some companies have cut labor numbers.           She noted that the unemployment numbers for Wilson County are not tied to jobs here necessarily but rather to those who live here adding that many who live in Wilson County actually work at jobs in other counties.          The news that the number employed here is almost the same as last year is another indication, according to Fletcher, that all the news about the economy is not necessarily bad news.          “Not your newspaper (The Wilson Post), but many in the media have constantly done nothing but report bad news about the economy and I think in doing so they have actually made things much worse than they are,” Fletcher said.

The news about the number employed here this year compared to last year translates into another message meaning that there is still money available in Wilson County to be spent with local retailers and in the housing market. With the number employed remaining almost the same in 2008 as in 2007, the expendable income amount for the county between the two years is also comparable.

An example of Wilson County’s growth and the expanding workforce can be found in an announcement made recently by one of the largest local employers.           University Medical Center announced last week that it is laying off some 22 employees explaining that all are not fulltime positions. Among the jobs being cut are 10 security posts, some of which are part time positions. The 12 other jobs being cut are described by the hospital as non-direct patient care positions.           Supporting the employment workforce totals, UMC noted that in the past 18 months the hospital has added 80 jobs to its payroll. So, while 22 are being removed, the overall increase in jobs for the 18 month period is positive.

UMC currently employs about 900 workers and maintains 250 physicians on staff.

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