Department of Numbers

Tennessee Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Tennessee fell 0.2 percentage points in March 2017 to 5.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Tennessee peaked in June 2009 at 11.1% and is now 6.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in March 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also see Tennessee unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.5% -0.2 -0.5
Tennessee 5.1% -0.2 +0.5

Unemployment Rate: Tennessee, National

Tennessee monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 2017

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Tennessee Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Tennessee peaked in June 2009 at 337,926. There are now 173,371 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 143,287 in April 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 21,268. Tennessee job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Tennessee 164,555 -4,854 +20,591

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Tennessee from 1990 to March 2017

Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployed
March 2017 4.5% 5.1% 164,555
February 2017 4.7% 5.3% 169,409
January 2017 4.8% 5.4% 171,448
December 2016 4.7% 5.1% 162,603
November 2016 4.6% 5.1% 161,072
October 2016 4.8% 5.0% 158,721
September 2016 4.9% 4.9% 155,955
August 2016 4.9% 4.8% 152,809
July 2016 4.9% 4.8% 149,583
June 2016 4.9% 4.7% 146,575
May 2016 4.7% 4.6% 144,283
April 2016 5.0% 4.6% 143,287