Department of Numbers

Tennessee Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Tennessee rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.7%. The state unemployment rate was 0.0 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 7.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in September 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also see Tennessee unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Tennessee 3.7% +0.1 +0.4

Unemployment Rate: Tennessee, National

Tennessee monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 2018

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Tennessee Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Tennessee peaked in June 2009 at 332,652. There are now 213,633 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 105,961 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 13,058. Tennessee job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Tennessee 119,019 +1,682 +13,058

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Tennessee from 1990 to October 2018

Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployed
October 2018 3.7% 3.7% 119,019
September 2018 3.7% 3.6% 117,337
August 2018 3.9% 3.6% 116,202
July 2018 3.9% 3.5% 115,210
June 2018 4.0% 3.5% 113,606
May 2018 3.8% 3.5% 111,746
April 2018 3.9% 3.4% 110,881
March 2018 4.1% 3.4% 110,141
February 2018 4.1% 3.4% 108,451
January 2018 4.1% 3.3% 106,766
December 2017 4.1% 3.3% 106,726
November 2017 4.1% 3.3% 106,378