Heat charts map Tri-Cities job sector gains and losses


September was a pretty good month for the Tri-Cities’ labor market and a good way to get a handle on it is with MTSU’s employment heat charts.

Employment heat charts are simply a graphic representation of how the 12 labor sectors have performed during the past year on a year-to-year metric.

In September the charts show nonfarm jobs grew in both MSA’s. Overall Kingsport-Bristol market looked a little stronger; however, the Johnson City MSA has stronger growth in a couple of sectors. Both areas show some of the stronger performance in sectors that traditionally pay less, have more part-time employees and offer fewer services.

KINGSPORT-BRISTOL:

-Eight of 12 job sectors grew from last year, three were flat and only one was down.

-Education and health services, wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and utilities, financial activities, leisure and hospitality, and government jobs have increased for the last three months.

-A big negative for this MSA is manufacturing – the MSA’s largest job provider – has been negative or flat for the last three months.

-The biggest negative is the information sector which has seen sharp losses for five months.

JOHNSON CITY  MSA:

– Four of 12 job sectors grew from last year, four were flat and four declined.

-Mining, logging and construction, leisure and hospital and professional business service saw four months or better of strong increases.

-Trouble areas include wholesale trade, information, financial activities, and government.

The performance of education and health services and the government sector is also problematic for Johnson City since they are the MSA’s top jobs producers.

Education and health services were flat in September and have seen a lack luster performance since April. Year-to-year losses during that period almost equal gains.

The government sector has been flat or negative for four months.

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