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Johnson City, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Johnson City fell 1.7 percentage points in November 2020 to 5.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Tennessee rate. The unemployment rate in Johnson City peaked in April 2020 at 13.8% and is now 8.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Johnson City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Tennessee 5.3% -2.0 +2.0
Johnson City 5.5% -1.7 +1.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 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 April 2020 at 12,205. There are now 6,995 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,187 in September 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 23. Johnson City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Johnson City, Tennessee) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Johnson City 5,210 -1,380 +1,849

Number of Unemployed Persons

Johnson City, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Johnson City
Unemployment Rate
Johnson City
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 5.3% 5.5% 5,210
October
2020
6.9% 7.3% 7.2% 6,590
September
2020
7.8% 6.5% 5.8% 5,187
August
2020
8.4% 8.6% 7.7% 7,052
July
2020
10.2% 9.7% 8.5% 7,229
June
2020
11.1% 9.6% 8.4% 7,328
May
2020
13.3% 11.0% 9.4% 8,352
April
2020
14.8% 15.5% 13.8% 12,205
March
2020
4.4% 3.3% 3.7% 3,417
February
2020
3.5% 3.4% 3.7% 3,453
January
2020
3.5% 3.3% 3.7% 3,390

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.