Tri-Cities employment declines in December

By DON FENLEY Trend charts at bottom of page Tri-Cities employment gave up Oct.-Nov. gains in December. The region’s unemployment rate increased to 6.1% as the number of people with jobs posted its 33 straight monthly year-over-year … [Read more...]

Tri-Cities employers add jobs in 2014, not distributed evenly

By DON FENLEY Trend charts at the bottom of the page Tri-Cities employers added 500 jobs during 2014, but the gains were not even across the area’s two MSAs. All came in the four-county Kingsport-Bristol MSA and losses in the three-county … [Read more...]

December Kingsport-Bristol average wage up, down in Johnson City

By DON FENLEY Trend charts at the bottom of the story. Private sector wages in the Kingsport-Bristol were higher in December that the same month last year but rate trend declined after two monthly increases. Johnson City MSA private sector … [Read more...]

U.S. emerges as one of the few bright lights on the economic horizon

Bloomberg is reporting that one of the biggest take-aways from Davos is the world's movers, shakers and opinion shapers have stopped resenting and ridiculing the U.S. for its leading role in the financial crisis of 2008-09 and are looking at it as … [Read more...]