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Johnson City, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Johnson City fell 0.9 percentage points in July 2021 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the Tennessee rate. The unemployment rate in Johnson City peaked in April 2020 at 14.1% and is now 10.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Johnson City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Tennessee 4.7% -0.2 -4.2
Johnson City 3.8% -0.9 -3.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 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 12,247. There are now 8,785 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 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Johnson City 3,462 -805 -2,844

Number of Unemployed Persons

Johnson City, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Johnson City
Unemployment Rate
Johnson City
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 4.7% 3.8% 3,462
June
2021
5.9% 4.9% 4.7% 4,267
May
2021
5.8% 5.0% 4.7% 4,244
April
2021
6.1% 5.0% 4.7% 4,207
March
2021
6.0% 5.1% 4.6% 4,149
February
2021
6.2% 4.9% 4.5% 4,063
January
2021
6.3% 5.1% 4.5% 4,078
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.7% 5,204
November
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.8% 5,306
October
2020
6.9% 7.8% 7.2% 6,785
September
2020
7.8% 7.9% 6.1% 5,673

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.