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Tri-Cities jobs market passes recovery mark

The Tri-Cities labor market has crossed another “recovered” benchmark.

The region has 400 more jobs than before the pandemic according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics adjusted total. The unadjusted total is up 1,100 jobs.

It’s an example of a K-shaped recovery. Those that have recovered are clustered at the top end of the pay scale. Those hit hardest during the pandemic – education and health services, leisure and hospitality, and food services- are still struggling.

The region’s unemployment rate increased to 3% as both employment and the labor force declined from the previous month. There are 10,157 open jobs across the region, according to Jobs4TN. Most of the available jobs in Sullivan and Washington counties are in health care and social services, accommodation and food services, and retail trade.

Recovered sectors with a metro area drill-down and the jobs gain or loss from the pre-pandemic total are:

Professional and Business Services

Tri-Cities – up 3,000

Johnson City – up 1,400

Kingsport-Bristol – up 1,600

Wholesale Trade

Tri-Cities – up 300

Johnson City – up 100

Kingsport-Bristol – up 200

Transportation and Utilities

Tri-Cities – up 200

Johnson City – up 200

Kingsport-Bristol – no change

Financial Activities

Tri-Cities – up 200

Johnson City – up 100

Kingsport-Bristol – up 100

Other Services

Tri-Cities – up 200

Johnson City – up 100

Kingsport-Bristol – up 100

Sectors with uneven recovery:

Retail Trade

Tri-Cities – up 300

Johnson City – up 600

Kingsport-Bristol – down 300

Construction

Tri-Cities down 100

Johnson City – up 400

Kingsport-Bristol – down 500

Manufacturing

Tri-Cities – down 400

Johnson City – up 600

Kingsport-Bristol – down 1,000

Leisure and Hospitality

Tri-Cities – down 600

Johnson City – up 300

Kingsport-Bristol – down 900

Government

Tri-Cities – down 1,100

Johnson City – down 300

Kingsport-Bristol – down 800

Education and Health Services

Tri-Cities – down 1,400

Johnson City – down 800

Kingsport-Bristol – down 600



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