Will the Tri-Cities have enough workers for its open jobs?

November's Tri-Cities unemployment rate held at a record low for the third straight month. The economy continued adding jobs at a slower rate, and private sector wages increased. On the surface, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) numbers paint a … [Read more...]

Most of the MID cap would hit Washington and Carter county purchases

Defenders of the mortgage interest deduction (MID) framed changes in the GOP tax plan as a dagger in the heart of the American Dream and possibly an anchor on home prices. They managed some concessions, but the bill passed and now all that remains is … [Read more...]

Johnson City YTD sales tax collections up, Kingsport-Bristol down

Tri-Cities metro areas joined Morristown to trail Knoxville and the state in year-over-year October retail sales tax collections. Kingsport-Bristol also had the worst year-over-year performance of any metro area in the state. So far, this year … [Read more...]

How local city household incomes, worker wages look in Census multi-year estimates

A recently-released set of Census Bureau social and economic multi-year estimates offers a glimpse over a period of time at the six major cities in the Tri-Cities region in their recovery from the Great Recession and still evolving restructuring to a … [Read more...]