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Chattanooga, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Chattanooga rose 0.2 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Tennessee rate. The unemployment rate in Chattanooga peaked in May 2009 at 9.8% and is now 6.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in September 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Chattanooga unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Tennessee 3.1% +0.1 -2.0
Chattanooga 3.6% +0.2 -1.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Chattanooga, Tennessee, National

Chattanooga, Tennessee monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Chattanooga, Tennessee Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Chattanooga peaked in June 2009 at 25,460. There are now 15,699 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 9,084 in September 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 677. Chattanooga employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Chattanooga, Tennessee) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Chattanooga 9,761 +520 -3,925

Number of Unemployed Persons

Chattanooga, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Chattanooga
Unemployment Rate
Chattanooga
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.1% 3.6% 9,761
October
2017
4.1% 3.0% 3.4% 9,241
September
2017
4.2% 3.0% 3.4% 9,084
August
2017
4.4% 3.3% 3.8% 10,134
July
2017
4.3% 3.4% 4.0% 10,875
June
2017
4.3% 3.6% 3.9% 10,314
May
2017
4.3% 4.0% 3.7% 9,880
April
2017
4.4% 4.7% 4.3% 11,388
March
2017
4.5% 5.1% 4.6% 12,218
February
2017
4.7% 5.3% 4.9% 12,997
January
2017
4.8% 5.4% 5.3% 13,901

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.