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Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kingsport fell 1.4 percentage points in November 2020 to 5.4%. 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 April 2020 at 14.1% and is now 8.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Kingsport 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
Kingsport 5.4% -1.4 +1.8
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: 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 April 2020 at 18,779. There are now 11,339 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Kingsport employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kingsport, Tennessee) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Kingsport 7,440 -1,674 +2,439

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kingsport, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Kingsport
Unemployment Rate
Kingsport
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 5.3% 5.4% 7,440
October
2020
6.9% 7.3% 6.8% 9,114
September
2020
7.8% 6.5% 6.0% 7,969
August
2020
8.4% 8.6% 7.1% 9,625
July
2020
10.2% 9.7% 8.6% 11,212
June
2020
11.1% 9.6% 8.6% 11,299
May
2020
13.3% 11.0% 9.9% 13,189
April
2020
14.8% 15.5% 14.1% 18,779
March
2020
4.4% 3.3% 3.7% 5,127
February
2020
3.5% 3.4% 3.7% 5,109
January
2020
3.5% 3.3% 3.7% 5,052

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.