Department of Numbers

Tennessee Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Tennessee fell 0.2 percentage points in December 2014 to 6.6%. The state unemployment rate was 1.0 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 4.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.3% in April 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also see Tennessee unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Tennessee 6.6% -0.2 -1.1

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

Unemployment Rate: Tennessee, National

Tennessee monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 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 137,472 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 191,926 in April 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,918. Tennessee job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Tennessee 197,844 -4,646 -36,952

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployed
January 2015 5.7%
December 2014 5.6% 6.6% 197,844
November 2014 5.8% 6.8% 202,490
October 2014 5.7% 7.1% 212,025
September 2014 5.9% 7.3% 219,725
August 2014 6.1% 7.4% 222,333
July 2014 6.2% 7.1% 215,882
June 2014 6.1% 6.6% 200,983
May 2014 6.3% 6.4% 193,947
April 2014 6.2% 6.3% 191,926
March 2014 6.6% 6.7% 203,697
February 2014 6.7% 6.9% 209,682