Department of Numbers

Tennessee Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Tennessee fell 0.3 percentage points in September 2017 to 3.0%. The state unemployment rate was 1.2 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 8.1 percentage points lower. You can also see Tennessee unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate September 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.2 -0.7
Tennessee 3.0% -0.3 -1.9

Unemployment Rate: Tennessee, National

Tennessee monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to September 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 242,049 fewer people unemployed in the state. Tennessee job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Tennessee 95,877 -7,147 -60,078

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployed
September 2017 4.2% 3.0% 95,877
August 2017 4.4% 3.3% 103,024
July 2017 4.3% 3.4% 107,881
June 2017 4.4% 3.6% 114,207
May 2017 4.3% 4.0% 128,008
April 2017 4.4% 4.7% 151,091
March 2017 4.5% 5.1% 164,283
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