Report shows Tri-Cities had a net nonfarm jobs growth of 500 in 2018

January’s preliminary labor market reports show the Tri-Cities had a little more than 4,000 more nonfarm jobs than it did in January last year. The same report shows the seven-county region’s labor market had a nonfarm job gain of 500 last year … [Read more...]

Tri-Cities sales tax collections off to a slow start

Tri-Cities governments got off to a slow sales tax collection start in January. They were two of the three Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) with negative year-over-year performance for the first month of the year. Here’s how NE Tenn. metro … [Read more...]

Wet weather, trade war, labor shortage combine to hold back Tri-Cities new home construction

The Tri-Cities new home construction sector slogged through some of the wettest weather on record during the fourth quarter of 2018, a softwood shortage during a trade spat with Canada, increasing material costs and a labor shortage with a 5 percent … [Read more...]

Most Tri-Cities area residents are native Tennesseans, but the balance is shifting

“You’re not from around here, are you?” The answer to that question is most local residents are still native Tennesseans, but their share of the total population is slipping and in a couple places the “outsiders” outnumber the natives. And no, … [Read more...]