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Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kingsport fell 0.2 percentage points in July 2021 to 4.8%. 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 April 2020 at 14.2% and is now 9.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Kingsport unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Tennessee 4.7% -0.2 -4.2
Kingsport 4.8% -0.2 -2.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 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 April 2020 at 18,964. There are now 12,494 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Kingsport employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kingsport, Tennessee) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Kingsport 6,470 -315 -3,702

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kingsport, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Kingsport
Unemployment Rate
Kingsport
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 4.7% 4.8% 6,470
June
2021
5.9% 4.9% 5.0% 6,785
May
2021
5.8% 5.0% 5.1% 6,879
April
2021
6.1% 5.0% 5.2% 6,999
March
2021
6.0% 5.1% 5.2% 7,007
February
2021
6.2% 4.9% 5.1% 6,840
January
2021
6.3% 5.1% 5.0% 6,629
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.8% 7,791
November
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.4% 7,277
October
2020
6.9% 7.8% 6.8% 9,327
September
2020
7.8% 7.9% 6.9% 9,443

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.