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Cleveland, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Cleveland rose 0.4 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Tennessee rate. The unemployment rate in Cleveland peaked in April 2009 at 10.3% and is now 6.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in September 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Cleveland 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
Cleveland 3.5% +0.4 -1.2
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: Cleveland, Tennessee, National

Cleveland, Tennessee monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Cleveland, Tennessee Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Cleveland peaked in April 2009 at 5,672. There are now 3,585 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,768 in September 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 319. Cleveland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Cleveland, Tennessee) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Cleveland 2,087 +240 -843

Number of Unemployed Persons

Cleveland, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Cleveland
Unemployment Rate
Cleveland
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.1% 3.5% 2,087
October
2017
4.1% 3.0% 3.1% 1,847
September
2017
4.2% 3.0% 3.0% 1,768
August
2017
4.4% 3.3% 3.4% 2,006
July
2017
4.3% 3.4% 3.7% 2,170
June
2017
4.3% 3.6% 3.7% 2,146
May
2017
4.3% 4.0% 3.4% 1,971
April
2017
4.4% 4.7% 4.3% 2,518
March
2017
4.5% 5.1% 4.7% 2,791
February
2017
4.7% 5.3% 4.8% 2,860
January
2017
4.8% 5.4% 5.1% 3,111

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.