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 2017 to 3.2%. 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 7.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in September 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Tennessee unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Tennessee 3.2% +0.1 -1.9

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 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 235,872 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 94,946 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 7,108. Tennessee job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Tennessee 102,054 +3,688 -60,549

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployed
January 2018 4.1%
December 2017 4.1% 3.2% 102,054
November 2017 4.1% 3.1% 98,366
October 2017 4.1% 3.0% 94,946
September 2017 4.2% 3.0% 95,648
August 2017 4.4% 3.3% 103,024
July 2017 4.3% 3.4% 107,881
June 2017 4.3% 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