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Johnson City, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Johnson City rose 0.3 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points higher than the Tennessee rate. The unemployment rate in Johnson City peaked in January 2010 at 10.4% and is now 6.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in September 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Johnson City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Tennessee 3.1% +0.1 -2.0
Johnson City 3.9% +0.3 -1.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Johnson City, Tennessee, National

Johnson City, Tennessee monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Johnson City, Tennessee Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Johnson City peaked in January 2010 at 9,876. There are now 6,338 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,145 in September 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 393. Johnson City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Johnson City, Tennessee) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Johnson City 3,538 +304 -1,629

Number of Unemployed Persons

Johnson City, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Johnson City
Unemployment Rate
Johnson City
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.1% 3.9% 3,538
October
2017
4.1% 3.0% 3.6% 3,234
September
2017
4.2% 3.0% 3.5% 3,145
August
2017
4.4% 3.3% 4.0% 3,555
July
2017
4.3% 3.4% 4.2% 3,800
June
2017
4.3% 3.6% 4.0% 3,586
May
2017
4.3% 4.0% 3.8% 3,370
April
2017
4.4% 4.7% 4.6% 4,157
March
2017
4.5% 5.1% 5.1% 4,571
February
2017
4.7% 5.3% 5.5% 4,940
January
2017
4.8% 5.4% 6.0% 5,423

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.