Tri-Cities employment trends up, unemployment rates increase

By DON FENLEY May’s good news is Tri-Cities employment increased for the fourth straight month. And the three-month moving trend looks encouraging. But both employment and job creation are still struggling to establish a foothold on what a new … [Read more...]

Tri-Cities, NE TN May new home permits in the basement

By DON FENLEY May was a pretty good month for the Tri-Cities economy – if you factor out single-family new home permits. The recovery pace for the existing home sales market seems to be moderating from its recovery pace to a pre-recession norm. … [Read more...]

The uneven geography of the jobs recovery

This is not a quick read, but for those interested in what's happening in economy instead of finger pointing it offers some context. It's localized to the state level on both the interactive map and list views. The executive view for Tennessee … [Read more...]

May job heat charts track Kingsport-Bristol, Johnson City job losses, gains

By DON FENLEY The third part of May’s employment story has been filed by MTSU’s Business and Economic Research Center. Heat maps tracking the year-over-year % gain/loss of jobs in 12 labor sectors for the Johnson City and Kingsport-Bristol … [Read more...]