Department of Numbers

Tennessee Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Tennessee rose 0.1 percentage points in December 2016 to 4.9%. 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 11.1% and is now 6.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in May 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also see Tennessee unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
Tennessee 4.9% +0.1 -0.7

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 2016

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Tennessee Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Tennessee peaked in June 2009 at 337,926. There are now 180,295 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 128,114 in May 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 29,517. Tennessee job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Tennessee 157,631 +5,936 -15,245

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Tennessee from 1990 to December 2016

Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployed
January 2017 4.8%
December 2016 4.7% 4.9% 157,631
November 2016 4.6% 4.8% 151,695
October 2016 4.8% 4.8% 151,000
September 2016 4.9% 4.6% 146,024
August 2016 4.9% 4.4% 138,196
July 2016 4.9% 4.3% 133,393
June 2016 4.9% 4.1% 129,697
May 2016 4.7% 4.1% 128,114
April 2016 5.0% 4.3% 134,435
March 2016 5.0% 4.5% 141,666
February 2016 4.9% 4.9% 153,753