Department of Numbers

Tennessee Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Tennessee fell 0.3 percentage points in February 2014 to 6.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Tennessee peaked in June 2009 at 11.0% and is now 4.1 percentage points lower. You can also see Tennessee unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
Tennessee 6.9% -0.3 -1.3

Note: All comparisons are made with February data as March state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Tennessee, National

Tennessee monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to February 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Tennessee Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Tennessee peaked in June 2009 at 335,316. There are now 125,499 fewer people unemployed in the state. Tennessee job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Tennessee 209,817 -8,846 -44,065

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Tennessee from 1990 to February 2014

Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployed
March 2014 6.7%
February 2014 6.7% 6.9% 209,817
January 2014 6.6% 7.2% 218,663
December 2013 6.7% 7.7% 234,796
November 2013 7.0% 7.9% 239,860
October 2013 7.2% 8.1% 245,492
September 2013 7.2% 8.2% 250,989
August 2013 7.2% 8.4% 255,745
July 2013 7.3% 8.4% 258,523
June 2013 7.5% 8.4% 258,908
May 2013 7.5% 8.4% 258,045
April 2013 7.5% 8.3% 256,878
March 2013 7.5% 8.3% 255,628