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Johnson City, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Johnson City rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Tennessee rate. The unemployment rate in Johnson City peaked in January 2010 at 10.4% and is now 6.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in April 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Johnson City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Tennessee 3.7% +0.1 +0.4
Johnson City 4.2% +0.1 +0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 9,868. There are now 6,021 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,247 in April 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 600. Johnson City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Johnson City, Tennessee) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Johnson City 3,847 +113 +418

Number of Unemployed Persons

Johnson City, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Johnson City
Unemployment Rate
Johnson City
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.7% 4.2% 3,847
September
2018
3.7% 3.6% 4.1% 3,734
August
2018
3.9% 3.6% 4.0% 3,617
July
2018
3.9% 3.5% 4.0% 3,672
June
2018
4.0% 3.5% 3.9% 3,507
May
2018
3.8% 3.5% 3.6% 3,247
April
2018
3.9% 3.4% 3.6% 3,247
March
2018
4.1% 3.4% 3.7% 3,332
February
2018
4.1% 3.4% 3.7% 3,364
January
2018
4.1% 3.3% 3.7% 3,319
December
2017
4.1% 3.3% 3.7% 3,325

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.