DOE Operations Provide 12,000 Jobs, $760 M Payroll

Knoxville (AP) -- The Department of Energy's nuclear weapons and research complex in Oak Ridge is providing nearly 12,000 full-time jobs and a payroll of more than $763 million.

The figures are contained in a University of Tennessee report released Thursday.

Matt Murray, lead author of the report, said the complex represents a very important business.

The agency's Oak Ridge operations include the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

They spent almost $2 billion in Tennessee last year.

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