Tri-Cities economic recovery marching to its own drummer

By DON FENLEY MTSU job heat charts offer another view of Tri-Cities economic recovery Some parts the Tri-Cities economy sat on the sidelines in 2014 waiting for a lift from the rising national recovery. And in some cases, they’re still waiting. There was recovery and improvement, just not the across-the-board kind that was the norm […]

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Tri-Cities employment declines in December

By DON FENLEY Trend charts at bottom of page Tri-Cities employment gave up Oct.-Nov. gains in December. The region’s unemployment rate increased to 6.1% as the number of people with jobs posted its 33 straight monthly year-over-year decline. Employment declined by 3,500 last year while the labor force was down 5,104. Those are preliminary unadjusted […]

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Tri-Cities employers add jobs in 2014, not distributed evenly

By DON FENLEY Trend charts at the bottom of the page Tri-Cities employers added 500 jobs during 2014, but the gains were not even across the area’s two MSAs. All came in the four-county Kingsport-Bristol MSA and losses in the three-county Johnson City MSA cut those gains by roughly half. Kingsport-Bristol has added jobs every […]

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December Kingsport-Bristol average wage up, down in Johnson City

By DON FENLEY Trend charts at the bottom of the story. Private sector wages in the Kingsport-Bristol were higher in December that the same month last year but rate trend declined after two monthly increases. Johnson City MSA private sector workers saw their December average weekly wage decline compared to December last year. It was […]

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