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Knoxville, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Knoxville rose 0.4 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Tennessee rate. The unemployment rate in Knoxville peaked in June 2009 at 9.6% and is now 6.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in September 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Knoxville 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
Knoxville 3.4% +0.4 -1.5
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: Knoxville, Tennessee, National

Knoxville, Tennessee monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Knoxville, Tennessee Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Knoxville peaked in June 2009 at 40,828. There are now 26,816 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 12,013 in September 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,999.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Knoxville 14,012 +1,571 -6,280

Number of Unemployed Persons

Knoxville, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Knoxville
Unemployment Rate
Knoxville
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.1% 3.4% 14,012
October
2017
4.1% 3.0% 3.0% 12,441
September
2017
4.2% 3.0% 2.9% 12,013
August
2017
4.4% 3.3% 3.3% 13,703
July
2017
4.3% 3.4% 3.6% 14,900
June
2017
4.3% 3.6% 3.5% 14,296
May
2017
4.3% 4.0% 3.2% 13,127
April
2017
4.4% 4.7% 4.1% 16,765
March
2017
4.5% 5.1% 4.5% 18,705
February
2017
4.7% 5.3% 4.7% 19,468
January
2017
4.8% 5.4% 5.1% 21,368

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.