The Memphis, TN-MS-AR metropolitan statistical area (MSA) had a civilian employment of approximately 623,120 as of May 2018 according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment Statistics survey (excluding self-employed and household workers). The greater Memphis labor market experienced an employment decline of about 1.10% (630,020 to 623,120) in the 10-year period from 2008 to 2018. This is in comparison to the 7.06% national employment growth during the same period. The 2018 labor market estimate of 623,120 for the Memphis, TN-MS-AR MSA is comprised of the following: 34,800 (5.58%) in management occupations; 24,150 (3.88%) in business and financial operations occupations; 10,120 (1.62%) in computer and mathematical occupations; 6,680 (1.07%) in architecture and engineering occupations; 3,300 (0.53%) in life, physical and social science occupations; 6,870 (1.10%) in community and social service occupations; 3,100 (0.50%) in legal occupations; 33,580 (5.39%) in education, training and library occupations; 4,850 (0.78%) in arts, design, entertainment, sports and media occupations; 40,030 (6.42%) in healthcare practitioners and technical occupations; 14,330 (2.30%) in healthcare support occupations; 21,070 (3.38%) in protective service occupations; 51,480 (8.26%) in food preparation and serving related occupations; 17,600 (2.82%) in building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations; 18,030 (2.89%) in personal care and service occupations; 60,490 (9.71%) in sales and related occupations; 99,090 (15.90%) in office and administrative support occupations; 900 (0.14%) in farming, fishing and forestry occupations; 19,050 (3.06%) in construction and extraction occupations; 24,380 (3.91%) in installation, maintenance and repair occupations; 38,050 (6.11%) in production occupations; 91,180 (14.63%) in transportation and material moving occupations.
Major employers in the Memphis metropolitan area include the following: FedEx (30,000+ employees); Shelby County Schools (15,500+ employees); State of Tennessee (15,400+ employees); U.S. Government (13,400+ employees); Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (13,100+ employees); Baptist Memorial Health Care (8,000+ employees); Smith & Nephew (7,000+ employees); Shelby County Government (7,000+ employees); Memphis City Government (6,600+ employees); Naval Support Activity Mid-South (6,500+ employees); Wal-Mart Stores (6,500+ employees); The Kroger Co. (6,500+ employees); First Horizon National Corporation (6,000+ employees); Park Place Entertainment (4,000+ employees); University of Memphis (4,000+ employees); St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (3,500+ employees); University of Tennessee Health Science Center (3,500+ employees); XPO Logistics Supply Chain (3,500+ employees); Regional One Health (2,600+ employees); Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center (2,300+ employees).
Whether serving as your vocational rehabilitation counselor, consultant or expert witness, Dr. Hankins will make use of his specialized knowledge of the greater Memphis labor market to ensure that his professional opinions about individuals’ employment and earning potential are based on accurate, reliable information. In a clinical context, this maximizes the likelihood of helping clients to identify appropriate vocational goals and developing a rehabilitation plan that will allow them to achieve their employment aspirations. In a forensic context, this enables Dr. Hankins to conduct thorough, independent vocational and rehabilitation economic evaluations that culminate in the attainment of defensible conclusions about the degree of vocational disability and/or economic loss attributable to the injury or incident of interest in a case. Please contact Hankins & Hankins Vocational Consulting today to learn how we can be of help!