Department of Numbers

Tennessee Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Tennessee rose 0.2 percentage points in June 2014 to 6.6%. The state unemployment rate was 0.5 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 June 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% -0.2 -1.4
Tennessee 6.6% +0.2 -1.8

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

Unemployment Rate: Tennessee, National

Tennessee monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to June 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 134,252 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 191,926 in April 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 9,138. Tennessee job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons June 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Tennessee 201,064 +7,117 -57,844

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployed
July 2014 6.2%
June 2014 6.1% 6.6% 201,064
May 2014 6.3% 6.4% 193,947
April 2014 6.3% 6.3% 191,926
March 2014 6.7% 6.7% 203,697
February 2014 6.7% 6.9% 209,682
January 2014 6.6% 7.2% 218,663
December 2013 6.7% 7.7% 234,796
November 2013 7.0% 7.9% 239,860
October 2013 7.2% 8.1% 245,492
September 2013 7.2% 8.2% 250,989
August 2013 7.2% 8.4% 255,745
July 2013 7.3% 8.4% 258,523