Department of Numbers

Tennessee Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Tennessee fell 0.2 percentage points in May 2016 to 4.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Tennessee peaked in June 2009 at 11.1% and is now 7.0 percentage points lower. You can also see Tennessee unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.3 -0.8
Tennessee 4.1% -0.2 -1.7

Unemployment Rate: Tennessee, National

Tennessee monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2016

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Tennessee Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Tennessee peaked in June 2009 at 337,926. There are now 209,685 fewer people unemployed in the state. Tennessee job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Tennessee 128,241 -6,194 -48,681

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Tennessee from 1990 to May 2016

Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployed
May 2016 4.7% 4.1% 128,241
April 2016 5.0% 4.3% 134,435
March 2016 5.0% 4.5% 141,666
February 2016 4.9% 4.9% 153,753
January 2016 4.9% 5.4% 165,456
December 2015 5.0% 5.6% 172,876
November 2015 5.0% 5.6% 171,558
October 2015 5.0% 5.6% 170,717
September 2015 5.1% 5.6% 170,283
August 2015 5.1% 5.6% 170,724
July 2015 5.3% 5.6% 172,144
June 2015 5.3% 5.7% 174,335