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Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kingsport rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2019 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Tennessee rate. The unemployment rate in Kingsport peaked in January 2010 at 9.9% and is now 6.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in February 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Kingsport unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Tennessee 3.5% +0.1 0.0
Kingsport 3.7% +0.1 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 14,320. There are now 9,132 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,843 in February 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 345. Kingsport employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kingsport, Tennessee) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Kingsport 5,188 +172 +194

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kingsport, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Kingsport
Unemployment Rate
Kingsport
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 3.5%
July
2019
3.7% 3.5% 3.7% 5,188
June
2019
3.7% 3.4% 3.6% 5,016
May
2019
3.6% 3.3% 3.5% 4,928
April
2019
3.6% 3.2% 3.5% 4,872
March
2019
3.8% 3.2% 3.5% 4,883
February
2019
3.8% 3.2% 3.5% 4,843
January
2019
4.0% 3.3% 3.6% 4,890
December
2018
3.9% 3.3% 3.6% 4,895
November
2018
3.7% 3.3% 3.6% 4,890
October
2018
3.8% 3.3% 3.6% 4,887

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.