Overall unemployment rate moved down to 3.0% with the biggest shift in Manufacturing, which gained 300 roles, based on the most recently available information published in April 2022.

Total employment in the Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA market rose by 1,065 jobs in March and the unemployment rate decreased compared to the prior month by 10 bps to 3.0%. The national unemployment rate decreased by 39 bps over the same time to 3.8%.

  • Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA unemployment rate is 75 bps below the national rate which is a positive sign.
  • Unemployment in the market is 190 bps below the unemployment rate in the market last year at this time, which is a positive.
  • Average wages (per hour) grew in March versus prior month by 6.4% and are up compared to last year at this time in the market.
Month over Month Unemployment Change
Year over Year Unemployment Change
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA Unemployment March 2022

For key employment segments of the market, total jobs grew by 0.7% . Key sectors include:

  • Transportation & Utilities: 23,800; -200
  • Manufacturing: 20,300; +300
  • Education & Healthcare: 17,600; +200
  • Government: 15,900; +100
  • Business Services: 13,600; +100
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 13,100; +200
  • Other Jobs: 5,700; no change
  • Construction, Mining: 5,400; no change
  • Financial Services: 3,800; +100
  • IT & Development: 1,100; no change
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA Unemployment by Industry March 2022

Data is based on the most recent 12 months available, through March 2022 (Data published April 2022 and reports created on April 27, 2022).  Source: Government data agency and locally acquired statistics.

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.