Johnson City sees broader Nov. job growth than Kingsport-Bristol


For the first time in quite a while there were more job sectors showing gains in the Johnson City MSA than in the Kingsport-Bristol MSA during November.

Five of Johnson City’s 12 labor market sectors were in the green on MTSU’s Business and Economic Research Center’s November employment growth heat chart.

The strongest growth was seen in wholesale trade, closely followed by leisure and hospitality and other services.

Although Kingsport-Bristol’s November job growth was not a broad as it was in Johnson City MSA it has two sectors that are the best job performers in the Tri-Cities for the long run.

Construction continued its nine-month streak as the hot job sector last month. November was the third straight month it posted a more than 10% job increase.

Transportation and utilities also continued adding jobs. That sector has been positive since November last year although monthly gains have consistently decreased since December last year.

Wholesale trade and government also saw some growth.

Tri-Cities employment continued lagging gains seen statewide last month.



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