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Johnson City, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Johnson City rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2020 to 8.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than the Tennessee rate. The unemployment rate in Johnson City peaked in April 2020 at 13.8% and is now 5.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 8.4% in June 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Johnson City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 10.2% -0.9 +6.5
Tennessee 9.7% +0.1 +6.3
Johnson City 8.5% +0.1 +4.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2020 data as August 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 4,992 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Johnson City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Johnson City, Tennessee) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Johnson City 7,213 -115 +3,724

Number of Unemployed Persons

Johnson City, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Johnson City
Unemployment Rate
Johnson City
Unemployed
August
2020
8.4% 8.5%
July
2020
10.2% 9.7% 8.5% 7,213
June
2020
11.1% 9.6% 8.4% 7,328
May
2020
13.3% 11.0% 9.4% 8,352
April
2020
14.7% 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
3.6% 3.3% 3.7% 3,390
December
2019
3.5% 3.3% 3.6% 3,353
November
2019
3.5% 3.3% 3.6% 3,361
October
2019
3.6% 3.3% 3.7% 3,380
September
2019
3.5% 3.3% 3.7% 3,407

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.