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 2015 to 5.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 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 5.3 percentage points lower. You can also see Tennessee unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
Tennessee 5.8% -0.2 -0.7

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

Unemployment Rate: Tennessee, National

Tennessee monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2015

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Tennessee Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Tennessee peaked in June 2009 at 337,926. There are now 156,820 fewer people unemployed in the state. Tennessee job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Tennessee 181,106 -2,956 -14,053

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Tennessee from 1990 to May 2015

Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployed
June 2015 5.3%
May 2015 5.5% 5.8% 181,106
April 2015 5.4% 6.0% 184,062
March 2015 5.5% 6.3% 192,672
February 2015 5.5% 6.6% 199,555
January 2015 5.7% 6.7% 201,502
December 2014 5.6% 6.6% 196,359
November 2014 5.8% 6.6% 196,941
October 2014 5.7% 6.6% 197,508
September 2014 5.9% 6.6% 197,972
August 2014 6.1% 6.6% 198,045
July 2014 6.2% 6.6% 197,652