New home demand high; number of permits down

Builders pulled 40 fewer new residential permits during the first quarter of this year than last year, but that's not necessarily a slow-down signal. May was the wettest month on record, and prolonged wet spells are not friendly to construction. … [Read more...]

Tri-Cities birth-death balance gets worse in 2017

Unicoi and Washington counties saw a small increase in births last year, but it wasn't enough to keep the Tri-Cities off the region's slippery slope of the births v. deaths. According to the Census Bureau's components of population change report, … [Read more...]

April another Tri-Cities full-employment month; Johnson City jobless rate drops to 2.8%

The Tri-Cities recorded another month of full-employment in April. Nonfarm jobs were up 1,200 from March's total. Employment in the seven-county region hit a 54-month high, and even though the labor force was up for the first time in three months, … [Read more...]

Kingsport leading Tri-Cities population growth

  Mark 2017 as the year Kingsport got its mojo back. After two straight years of population declines, the Model City led the area in population gains. It also had the hottest existing home sales market; its best employment numbers in five … [Read more...]