Tri-Cities labor market post strong Sept. growth – there are more nonfarm jobs than before the recession

- Johnson City MSA labor market - avg. pay growth outperforms Kingsport-Bristol - Kingsport-Bristol sees first monthly year-over-year avg. wage decrease since Oct. 2014 -Multiple indicators signal slower growth rate -Labor force may be the … [Read more...]

Kingsport-Bristol, Johnson City MSA manufacturing real GDP better than it was in 2001 with a lot fewer employees

"When Eastman Chemical sneezes, the Tri-Cities gets a cold." It's been that way for a long time and the current community mindset hasn't changed. And it wasn't always just Eastman. Remember the Kingsport Press, Mead, North American Rayon, American … [Read more...]

Kingsport-Bristol, Johnson City, Knoxville pace each other’s Sept. sales tax collections gain

The retail sales tax collections stars aligned for three of the four MSA in NE Tennessee in September. Year-over-year collections in Kingsport-Bristol, Johnson City and Knoxville were close to each other – very close. According to MTSU's … [Read more...]

Tri-Cities GDP shows some stirrings of growth, but recovery is a tedious thing

Ask anyone you meet on the street if they think we're on the road to recovery or still in recession, Chances are about half will say we're still in recession. Currently, a little more than one-in-four people say they have no confidence in … [Read more...]