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Johnson City, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Johnson City fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2019 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Tennessee rate. The unemployment rate in Johnson City peaked in January 2010 at 10.3% and is now 6.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in March 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Johnson City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Tennessee 3.5% 0.0 0.0
Johnson City 3.8% 0.0 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 June 2009 at 9,818. There are now 6,265 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,236 in March 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 317. Johnson City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Johnson City, Tennessee) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Johnson City 3,553 -4 +76

Number of Unemployed Persons

Johnson City, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Johnson City
Unemployment Rate
Johnson City
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 3.4%
August
2019
3.7% 3.5% 3.8% 3,553
July
2019
3.7% 3.5% 3.8% 3,557
June
2019
3.7% 3.4% 3.7% 3,394
May
2019
3.6% 3.3% 3.6% 3,310
April
2019
3.6% 3.2% 3.5% 3,244
March
2019
3.8% 3.2% 3.5% 3,236
February
2019
3.8% 3.2% 3.6% 3,242
January
2019
4.0% 3.3% 3.7% 3,336
December
2018
3.9% 3.3% 3.7% 3,388
November
2018
3.7% 3.3% 3.7% 3,387
October
2018
3.8% 3.3% 3.7% 3,401

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.