Kingsport-Bristol, Johnson City avg. private sector wages down in Oct.

By DON FENLEY Tri-Cities private sector workers saw their inflation-adjusted buying power decline in October. The average for both MSAs came in  below last year’s total, but Kingsport-Bristol workers have not taken as much of a hit as the one … [Read more...]

Retail job numbers preview what local merchants were expecting from Black Friday sales

By DON FENLEY The first numbers on this year’s Black Friday won’t begin showing up for a couple of weeks but the  retail job sector performance offered a preview of what  merchants were expecting. Jack Kleinhenz, chief economist for the … [Read more...]

Kingsport, Bristol Oct. jobless rates down in Oct.; unemployment up in Johnson City

By DON FENLEY The Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics data flow have almost recovered from the government shutdown. October unemployment rates for the Tri-Cities were released late this week and show rates declined in Bristol and … [Read more...]

Kingsport-Bristol, Johnson City MSA home prices show weakness on FHFA index

By DON FENLEY Tri-Cities home price appreciation showed third quarter softness on the Federal Housing Finance Administration House Price Index that was released this week. The one-year index, which compares Q3 this year to Q3 last year, was up … [Read more...]