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


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 Kingsport. Johnson City’s rate increased.

Kingsport’s rate was 7.7% down 0.4% from September.

Bristol’s rate was 7.3%, down 0.2% from September.

Johnson City’s rate increased 0.2% to 7.5%.

For a bird’s eye view of how the Tri-Cities’ two MSAs are doing in the jobs market check out MTSU’s employment heat charts.

They compare the number of jobs in the various sectors to the same months of the previous year.

Total non-farm employment in the Kingsport-Bristol MSA was up 1.6% from Oct. last year.

Six job sectors show growth, four are flat or showing moderate decline and two show job losses. Those two sectors are information and financial activities. The chart can be found by CLICKING HERE .

The jobs picture in Johnson City is not quite as good.

Total nonfarm jobs in October were down 0.4% when compared to the same month last year.

Four job sectors show growth. Four are flat or showing moderate losses and four show job losses. Sectors showing job losses are:

–        Manufacturing.

–        Wholesale trade.

–        Transportation and Utilities.

–        Information.

That heat chart can be found by CLICKING HERE 


  1. […] October’s unemployment rates and labor sector heat charts can be found by CLICKING HERE. […]

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