Bristol, Johnson City, Kingsport restructuring: less employment, more part-timers, but there are exceptions

It's no surprise part-time jobs replaced a bunch of full-time Tri-Cities jobs during the Great Recession. But just-released city-level Census data shows the work status decline isn't as drastic as the talk you hear on the street. And there are a … [Read more...]

Tri-Cities gets better than average Nov. jobs growth report

Tri-Cities employers added 500 jobs in November. The unemployment rate dropped to 5%, and the jobs growth rate continued trending lower. Preliminary, non-adjusted nonfarm job growth for the seven-county region was up 0.2%  from last year. Job … [Read more...]

Tri-Cities commercial real estate development flat in Q3, shows slow year-to-date improvement over 2015

Year-over-year growth of commercial construction was down by three permits in the third quarter, but year-to-date the market is on a slow-growth pattern similar to the average sales price of single-family residential resales. The Market Edge's … [Read more...]

Johnson City, Kingsport eek out 2015 population gains; demographic issue weighs on local economy

Census data released last week show Johnson City and Kingsport were the only major cities in the seven-county region to gain population in 2015. And in Kingsport's case, the gain was only 0.1%. The news follows earlier reports that show Washington … [Read more...]