The largest number of new claims came from Hawkins, Greene and Sullivan counties.
Greene Co. has the largest continued claims increase, followed by Sullivan Co.
There were 2,785 continued jobless benefits claims in the Tri-Cities region at the latest count. That’s 221 more than there was a cut off point.
The number of new claims was 340, up 264.
The U.S. labor market report showed robust hiring during July. It was better than economists expected. The local report will be available in the latter part of this month.
The June local report showed the number of nonfarm jobs unchanged from May. Much of that was driven by typical seasonal churn at the end of the school year.
At mid-year, the Tri-Cities labor market was adding jobs at an unadjusted average rate of 196 a month. At that rate, it would take a little more than another 12 months for the area to reach its pre-pandemic jobs total.
The not seasonally adjusted, preliminary nonfarm jobs total shows the region is 2,500 jobs below the 2019 pre-pandemic level. That year is used because it was the baseline recovery year that wasn’t skewed the pandemic or recession it sparked.
Here’s a drill down on June jobs by sector compared to the unadjusted totals from June 2019.
Mining, logging and construction – down 500.
Manufacturing – down 1,000.
Wholesale trade – up 200
Retail trade – down 100
Transportation and utilities – up 400
Information – down 400
Financial activities – down 100
Professional and business services – up 1,800
Education and health services – down 2,000
Leisure and hospitality – down 1,400
Government – up 600
The July local labor market report and the number of open jobs being advertised will be available later this month.
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