Department of Numbers

Tennessee Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Tennessee fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2022 to 3.3%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Tennessee peaked in April 2020 at 15.9% and is now 12.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in March 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Tennessee unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate July 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.1 -1.9
Tennessee 3.3% 0.0 -0.9

Note: All comparisons are made with July data as August state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Tennessee, National

Tennessee monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to July 2022

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Tennessee Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Tennessee peaked in April 2020 at 510,481. There are now 396,310 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 109,018 in March 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,153. Tennessee job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Tennessee 114,171 +327 -25,935

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Tennessee from 1990 to July 2022

Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployed
August 2022 3.7%
July 2022 3.5% 3.3% 114,171
June 2022 3.6% 3.3% 113,844
May 2022 3.6% 3.3% 111,953
April 2022 3.6% 3.2% 109,562
March 2022 3.6% 3.2% 109,018
February 2022 3.8% 3.4% 113,871
January 2022 4.0% 3.5% 116,748
December 2021 3.9% 3.6% 119,824
November 2021 4.2% 3.6% 120,127
October 2021 4.6% 3.7% 122,075
September 2021 4.7% 3.8% 126,361