Wilson County is hiring!

With at least 1,000 jobs available, there is potential to decrease the 4,950 local residents who are unemployed in the coming months.

A spokesperson at University Medical Center indicated there are up to 52 positions available at the hospital from licensed nursing positions to custodial and maintenance openings.

In Mt. Juliet, Mark Hinesley, president of the Mt. Juliet/West Wilson Chamber of Commerce, said many jobs are available in three areas that are easily accessible.

Clerical, customer service and sales, those three, with that skill set there are many opportunities in Mt. Juliet and West Wilson County, Hinesley said.

Also in Mt. Juliet, Accurate Auto Body, AutoBody America and Prices Collision Center could bring up to 150 jobs to the city as the regional chains locate here.

Also, Kenny Martin, director of economic and community development in Mt. Juliet, estimated new restaurants opening in the city could create an additional 150 jobs. He said at least five or six new restaurants are under construction or will open soon and are now hiring.

Any jobs are good jobs, Martin said. The auto body shops alone could be up to 150 jobs.Local McDonalds restaurants are hiring all across Wilson County with an estimated 50 jobs available in total at more than six locations in Lebanon and Mt. Juliet.

Several manufacturing businesses in Wilson County are hiring as well with Leviton having numerous positions available, and TRW Automotive has six positions open for both salaried and hourly employees. R&D Fixtures has eight openings as well.

Local and national unemployment rates could begin a downward trend as the U.S. Department of Labor released information yesterday indicating the number of initial claims for Unemployment Insurance is falling from previous levels.

In the week ending on Sept. 24, the seasonally adjusted initial claims were 391,000, a decrease of 37,000 from the previous weeks figure of 428,000.

For unadjusted data, actual initial claims under state programs totaled 324,940, which were down by 28,880 in the previous week. There were 372,551 initial claims in the same week in 2010.

While there are many potential openings in Wilson County, local government officials are not settling for just good enough.

Cooperation between the City of Lebanon and Wilson County governments as well as the Joint Economic & Community Development Board on Project Tango has the potential to bring up to 1,700 jobs here.

If the company targeted by Tango chooses to locate here, one facility could bring 400-500 jobs while another could bring up to 1,200. One or both could locate within Wilson County within the next year. G.C. Hixson, executive director of the JECDB, indicated an announcement could be made within the next several weeks.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.