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 in this month’s heat charts.

The charts are produced by the folks at MTSU’s Business and Economic Research Center as a graphically easy way to review the labor market’s sectors and how they are performing on a year-over-year metric.

The best performing sector in the Johnson City MSA is leisure and hospitality. Other Services is also trending higher. That’s good news for the job total, but both sectors are among those with lower-paying jobs.

The Education and Health Services sector is also trending higher in Johnson City.

Kingsport-Bristol’s Transportation and Utilities sector is that market’s second best performer for the year.

The sector showing the biggest job losses in October in both MSA was Information.

When compared to the state heat chart, the Tri-Cities labor market shows considerably less growth.

The state heat chart can be found by CLICKING HERE.

The Kingsport-Bristol heat chart can be found by CLICKING HERE.

The Johnson City MSA heat chart can be found by CLICKING HERE.

Employment and jobs reports for cities and counties are due later this afternoon and will be one Core Date Friday.

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