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Chattanooga, Tennessee Job Growth

There were 257,899 jobs in Chattanooga, Tennessee in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 262,220 employed persons for the month. Chattanooga lost 800 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 38 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Chattanooga job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 257,899 -800 -11,400
CPS 262,220 +38 -7,350

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Chattanooga, Tennessee Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Chattanooga 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 for Chattanooga, Tennessee

CES employment for Chattanooga peaked in November 2019 at 269,400. Since then 11,500 jobs have been lost in Chattanooga according to the employer survey. From a trough of 236,900 in April 2020, Chattanooga has gained 20,999 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 275,228 for Chattanooga in November 2020. 13,008 jobs have been lost in Chattanooga since then according to the household survey. From a January 2021 low of 262,182, Chattanooga has added 38 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Chattanooga, Tennessee Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 257,899 -800 262,220 38
January 2021 258,700 -400 262,182 -7,318
December 2020 259,100 -1,099 269,500 -5,728
November 2020 260,200 1,800 275,228 12,573
October 2020 258,399 1,099 262,655 684
September 2020 257,300 2,400 261,971 167
August 2020 254,900 1,500 261,804 14,583
July 2020 253,400 2,100 247,221 943
June 2020 251,300 7,600 246,278 -3,579
May 2020 243,700 6,800 249,857 13,884
April 2020 236,900 -31,100 235,973 -34,040
March 2020 268,000 -1,300 270,013 443