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Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Nashville rose 0.4 percentage points in November 2017 to 2.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Tennessee rate. The unemployment rate in Nashville peaked in June 2009 at 10.0% and is now 7.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.3% in September 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Nashville 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
Nashville 2.8% +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: Nashville, Tennessee, National

Nashville, Tennessee monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Nashville, Tennessee Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Nashville peaked in June 2009 at 84,658. There are now 56,530 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 23,316 in September 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,812. Nashville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Nashville, Tennessee) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Nashville 28,128 +3,776 -11,532

Number of Unemployed Persons

Nashville, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Nashville
Unemployment Rate
Nashville
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.1% 2.8% 28,128
October
2017
4.1% 3.0% 2.4% 24,352
September
2017
4.2% 3.0% 2.3% 23,316
August
2017
4.4% 3.3% 2.7% 26,834
July
2017
4.3% 3.4% 2.9% 29,082
June
2017
4.3% 3.6% 2.8% 28,247
May
2017
4.3% 4.0% 2.6% 25,864
April
2017
4.4% 4.7% 3.3% 33,112
March
2017
4.5% 5.1% 3.7% 36,687
February
2017
4.7% 5.3% 3.8% 38,157
January
2017
4.8% 5.4% 4.2% 41,747

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.