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Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kingsport rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Tennessee rate. The unemployment rate in Kingsport peaked in February 2010 at 10.0% and is now 6.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Kingsport 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
Kingsport 3.8% +0.1 0.0
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: Kingsport, Tennessee, National

Kingsport, Tennessee monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Kingsport, Tennessee Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Kingsport peaked in June 2009 at 14,435. There are now 9,123 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,780 in May 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 532. Kingsport employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kingsport, Tennessee) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Kingsport 5,312 +114 +63

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kingsport, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Kingsport
Unemployment Rate
Kingsport
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.8% 5,312
September
2018
3.7% 3.6% 3.7% 5,198
August
2018
3.9% 3.6% 3.7% 5,101
July
2018
3.9% 3.5% 3.7% 5,140
June
2018
4.0% 3.5% 3.7% 5,114
May
2018
3.8% 3.5% 3.4% 4,780
April
2018
3.9% 3.4% 3.6% 4,957
March
2018
4.1% 3.4% 3.7% 5,095
February
2018
4.1% 3.4% 3.6% 5,008
January
2018
4.1% 3.3% 3.6% 5,015
December
2017
4.1% 3.3% 3.7% 5,135

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.