Department of Numbers

Tennessee Job Growth

There were 3,065,700 jobs in Tennessee in May 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 3,167,930 employed persons for the month. Tennessee added 5,000 jobs in May 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 9,610 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Tennessee job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 3,065,700 +5,000 +231,500
CPS 3,167,930 +9,610 +319,780

Tennessee Employment Changes

The charts below shows the monthly job growth for Tennessee as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment in Tennessee

CES employment peaked in February 2020 for Tennessee at 3,153,700. Since then 88,000 jobs have been lost in Tennessee according to the employer survey. From a trough of 2,773,900 in April 2020, Tennessee has gained 291,800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Tennessee reached a maximum of 3,227,055 in October 2019. 59,125 jobs have been lost in Tennessee since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 2,679,469, Tennessee has added 488,461 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2021

Tennessee Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2021 3,065,700 5,000 3,167,930 9,610
April 2021 3,060,700 9,200 3,158,320 10,440
March 2021 3,051,500 12,000 3,147,880 1,792
February 2021 3,039,500 10,700 3,146,088 -862
January 2021 3,028,800 -1,700 3,146,950 19,341
December 2020 3,030,500 9,400 3,127,609 -2,902
November 2020 3,021,100 2,600 3,130,511 -1,377
October 2020 3,018,500 20,900 3,131,888 9,809
September 2020 2,997,600 24,400 3,122,079 17,712
August 2020 2,973,200 27,000 3,104,367 220,136
July 2020 2,946,200 10,600 2,884,231 22,079
June 2020 2,935,600 101,400 2,862,152 14,002