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Dialogue: Tennessee Employment and the Workforce Economy


In January, Tennessee was in good economic shape after a decade or more of consistent growth. Jobs were prevalent. Businesses, especially small businesses, were enjoying good times. But in March, the COVID-19 pandemic brought lockdowns statewide, meaning record business closures and unemployment. 

So, where are we now?

WUOT's Chrissy Keuper spoke with Sycamore Institute Founding Executive Director Laura Berlind and Marianne Wanamaker, University of Tennessee economics professor and researcher for the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Institute of Labor Economics

Pertinent Links:


Tennessee Talent Exchange

Sycamore Institute Happy Hour and other events

Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research

Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy


Chrissy is WUOT's News Director and host of monthly public affairs talk show Dialogue. Her first job with the station was as weekend student announcer while earning her bachelor's in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee. She has been the station's local host for NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered news programs; occasionally fills in as host for WUOT's Morning and Afternoon Concerts; and has won multiple awards for her interviews, feature stories, and Dialogue.