PUBLICATIONS & RESEARCH

Economic Report to the Governor, 2022

Authors: Lawrence M. Kessler, William F. Fox, Enda P. Hargaden, Matthew C. Harris, Tim Kuhn

Publication Date: December 16, 2021

This 2022 volume of An Economic Report to the Governor of the State of Tennessee is the forty-sixth in a series of annual reports compiled in response to requests by state government officials for assistance in achieving greater interdepartmental consistency in planning and budgeting efforts sensitive to the overall economic environment. Both short-term, or business cycle-sensitive forecasts, and longer-term, or trend forecasts, are provided in this report. The report's special section, the State of the Labor Market in Tennessee, reviews the labor force recovery from the initial pandemic shock.

Tennessee Business Leaders Survey, Summer 2021

Authors: The Boyd Center for Business & Economic Research

Publication Date: August 8, 2021

Many business leaders from across Tennessee responded to the Boyd Center’s semi-annual Business Leaders Survey, providing a unique perspective on Tennessee and the nation’s economy. Responses were provided between August 9 and August 23, 2021. Respondents, nearly 60 percent of whom are CEOs or company owners, represent a broad sample of Tennessee’s businesses, both by size and by industry.

Tennessee Business Leaders Survey

Publication Date: September 1, 2020

Many business leaders from across Tennessee responded to the inaugural Boyd Center’s Business LeadersSurvey, providing a unique perspective on Tennessee and the nation’s economy. Responses were provided between August 12-20, which is a uniquely challenging time in the nation’s economy because of COVID-19. Respondents, over half of whom are CEOs or company owners, represent a broad sample of Tennessee’s businesses, both by size and by industry.

Understanding the Accuracy of Unemployment Insurance Data: Evidence from the Appalachia Region

Authors: Marianne H. Wanamaker, Evan Newell

Publication Date: July 16, 2020

Initial and continuing unemployment insurance claims are some of the only high-frequency data points on the U.S. labor market. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the weekly claims numbers have been a highly followed metric of economic damage. Close examination reveals clear errors in unemployment insurance claims numbers, making it hard to compare claims within and across states, and clouding our interpretation of national totals.