Johnson City MSA workers see big Oct. pay bump; Kingsport-Bristol has become Tri-Cities top wage area

Johnson City MSA private sectors workers saw their biggest pay bump in over a year in October - 5.3%. It’s didn’t equal what Kingsport-Bristol workers saw in spring and early summer,  but it was a larger year-to-year increase that … [Read more...]

Tri-Cities nonfarm jobs hit 7-year high in Oct.; employment up for 9th month

October’s labor market reports show Tri-Cities nonfarm jobs at a seven-year high while employment  logged its ninth straight month of year-to-year gains. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics’ payroll report put the rounded number of nonfarm jobs in … [Read more...]

Kingsport-Bristol Oct. sales tax collections lead area’s MSAs, second best in E. TN

Kingsport-Bristol retail sales tax collections took another plunge in Oct. but no one is complaining.   After a steep slide from September’s y-y 15.4% increase October’s 6% was good enough make it the second-best posting among East … [Read more...]

Homes in Kingsport, Erwin, Greeneville school zones get best buy ranking

A current RealtyTrac analysis of 27,000 elementary schools in more than 7,2000 zip codes, along with home price affordability in those zip codes found 65% of zips with good schools are unaffordable for home buyers making the average wage. That wasn’t … [Read more...]