April Tri-Cities unemployment rates drop to levels not seen since the late 1990s, early 2000s

Tri-Cities unemployment rates dropped to numbers locals haven't seen for 20 years and it's begging the question: Are we at full employment? If the answer is yes, it's full employment or a natural employment level for a restructured economy that bears … [Read more...]

Johnson City workers see higher wages, Kingsport-Bristol avg. wage continues slide

April’s private-sector wages saw a continuation of a Tri-cities trend that has become all too common. Workers in the Johnson City Metropolitan Statistical Area saw an increase while those in Kingsport-Bristol saw a decrease. The trend roughly … [Read more...]

Picture the Tri-Cities with 10,000 fewer retail workers

The job sector that some Tri-Cities residents love to hate is going through an unprecedented change and localization on a new study helps put a better face on it. It's not a new story. Call it Version 2.0 of How Technology Drove the Tri-Cities' Great … [Read more...]

The good, the bad and the ugly about NE Tenn. bridges

The April data update from the National Association of Counties is the good, the bad and the ugly about bridges. Here in Northeast Tennessee, there are 1,473 bridges that's the good. It's hard to get around without bridges. The bad is 211 of those … [Read more...]