Tri-Cities still adding jobs, not much change in job sector patterns

The Tri-Cities continued adding nonfarm jobs during August, but there wasn’t a lot of change in jobs sector patterns.

Tracking employment growth by sector on a year-over-year basis with the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations and MTSU’s Business and Economic Research Center Heat Charts is a quick way to visualize what’s happening.

In the four-county Kingsport-Bristol MSA the best growth is being seen in the weaker paying service sectors: leisure and hospitality and retail trade. That’s balanced by financial activities, wholesale trade and government.

Mining, logging and construction continued lagging last year’s jobs level while the information sector is showing the most weakness. It’s been negative on the year-to-year metric for four straight months.

Manufacturing softened for the second straight month ad did education and health Services.

CLICK HERE for the chart.

The story is much the same in Johnson City with the exception of some strong job gains in professional and business services and mining, logging and construction.

Leisure and hospitality and retail trade have also seen good job growth.

Manufacturing has been flat since July and the government sector has not seen any growth for two months.

CLICK HERE for the Johnson City MSA heat chart.

CLICK HERE for the state chart.



  1. […] An examination of the nonfarm job growth by labor sectors is available at Tri-Cities still adding jobs, not much change in job sector patterns  […]

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