Overall unemployment rate moved down to 3.0% with the biggest shift in Government, which gained 600 roles, based on the most recently available information published in November 2022.

Total employment in the Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA market declined by 11 jobs in September and the unemployment rate decreased compared to the prior month by 50 bps to 3.0%. The national unemployment rate decreased by 47 bps over the same time to 3.3%.

  • Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA unemployment rate is 32 bps below the national rate which is a positive sign.
  • Unemployment in the market is 40 bps below the unemployment rate in the market last year at this time, which is a positive.
  • Average wages (per hour) grew in September versus prior month by 2.6% and are down 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 September 2022

For key employment segments of the market, total jobs grew by 0.8% . Key sectors include:

  • Transportation & Utilities: 24,000; -100
  • Manufacturing: 20,800; +100
  • Education & Healthcare: 17,900; +100
  • Government: 15,800; +600
  • Business Services: 13,900; +100
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 13,400; +100
  • Other Jobs: 5,700; no change
  • Construction, Mining: 5,400; no change
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA Unemployment by Industry September 2022

Data is based on the most recent 12 months available, through September 2022 (Data published November 2022 and reports created on November 2, 2022).  Source: Government data agency and locally acquired statistics.

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.