October employment up across the Tri-Cities, jobless rates drop, private sector wages stagnant

By DON FENLEY October’s job creation and employment reports for the Tri-Cities dished up a familiar diet of good and not-so-good news. However, there was an extra veneer of good-news icing on the cake. Tri-Cities employment increased for the … [Read more...]

Q3 analysis shows Tri-Cities still shedding jobs; October report shows jobless rates drop

By DON FENLEY ETSU Economist Steb Hipple’s Q3 labor market report shows the U.S. economy was creating new jobs at a significant rate while the Tri-Cities region continues to shed jobs.  Ultimately, the strength of the national economy will cause a … [Read more...]

Kingsport-Bristol construction sees another month of growth, overall Tri-Cities labor market growth spotty

By DON FENLEY Construction saw its second straight month of double-digit growth in October when compared to the same month last year. It was also the eight straight month of strong growth for that sector. But that’s the only shinning labor sector … [Read more...]

October a weak month for new single-family home permits in Kingsport-Bristol, Johnson City MSAs

 By DON FENLEY Talk to Tri-Cities builders and their mood is pretty much in line with the confidence tracked by the current National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. “Growing confidence among consumers is what’s … [Read more...]