Department of Numbers

Tennessee Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Tennessee fell 0.2 percentage points in July 2017 to 3.4%. The state unemployment rate was 0.9 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 7.7 percentage points lower. You can also see Tennessee unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate July 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.3% -0.1 -0.6
Tennessee 3.4% -0.2 -1.4

Unemployment Rate: Tennessee, National

Tennessee monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to July 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 229,857 fewer people unemployed in the state. Tennessee job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Tennessee 108,069 -6,138 -41,514

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployed
July 2017 4.3% 3.4% 108,069
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
September 2016 4.9% 4.9% 155,955
August 2016 4.9% 4.8% 152,809