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Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kingsport fell 3.9 percentage points in May 2020 to 10.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points lower than the Tennessee rate. The unemployment rate in Kingsport peaked in April 2020 at 14.1% and is now 3.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Kingsport unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Tennessee 11.3% -4.2 +7.8
Kingsport 10.2% -3.9 +6.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 5,094 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Kingsport employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kingsport, Tennessee) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Kingsport 13,685 -5,094 +8,604

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kingsport, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Kingsport
Unemployment Rate
Kingsport
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 11.3% 10.2% 13,685
April
2020
14.7% 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
3.6% 3.3% 3.7% 5,052
December
2019
3.5% 3.3% 3.6% 4,988
November
2019
3.5% 3.3% 3.6% 5,001
October
2019
3.6% 3.3% 3.6% 5,017
September
2019
3.5% 3.3% 3.6% 5,037
August
2019
3.7% 3.4% 3.7% 5,058
July
2019
3.7% 3.4% 3.7% 5,073

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.