Department of Numbers

Tennessee Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Tennessee fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.2%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Tennessee peaked in June 2009 at 10.9% and is now 7.7 percentage points lower. You can also see Tennessee unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Tennessee 3.2% -0.1 -0.4

Unemployment Rate: Tennessee, National

Tennessee monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to February 2019

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Tennessee Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Tennessee peaked in June 2009 at 332,652. There are now 227,375 fewer people unemployed in the state. Tennessee job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Tennessee 105,277 -1,761 -11,253

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Tennessee from 1990 to February 2019

Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployed
February 2019 3.8% 3.2% 105,277
January 2019 4.0% 3.3% 107,038
December 2018 3.9% 3.3% 108,137
November 2018 3.7% 3.3% 107,867
October 2018 3.8% 3.3% 108,111
September 2018 3.7% 3.4% 109,926
August 2018 3.8% 3.5% 112,337
July 2018 3.9% 3.5% 114,778
June 2018 4.0% 3.6% 116,734
May 2018 3.8% 3.6% 117,781
April 2018 3.9% 3.6% 118,079
March 2018 4.0% 3.6% 117,669