Department of Numbers

Tennessee Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Tennessee fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2021 to 4.9%. The state unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Tennessee peaked in April 2020 at 15.8% and is now 10.9 percentage points lower. You can also see Tennessee unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Tennessee 4.9% -0.2 +1.0

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

Unemployment Rate: Tennessee, National

Tennessee monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to February 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Tennessee Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Tennessee peaked in April 2020 at 503,585. There are now 341,104 fewer people unemployed in the state. Tennessee job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Tennessee 162,481 -7,759 +32,574

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Tennessee from 1990 to February 2021

Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployed
March 2021 6.0%
February 2021 6.2% 4.9% 162,481
January 2021 6.3% 5.1% 170,240
December 2020 6.7% 5.6% 186,041
November 2020 6.7% 5.6% 184,368
October 2020 6.9% 7.8% 265,044
September 2020 7.8% 7.9% 266,911
August 2020 8.4% 8.1% 273,108
July 2020 10.2% 8.9% 283,157
June 2020 11.1% 9.3% 294,062
May 2020 13.3% 9.6% 302,359
April 2020 14.8% 15.8% 503,585