Department of Numbers

Tennessee Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Tennessee fell 0.2 percentage points in September 2021 to 4.4%. The state unemployment rate was 0.4 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 11.4 percentage points lower. You can also see Tennessee unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate September 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% -0.4 -3.0
Tennessee 4.4% -0.2 -3.5

Unemployment Rate: Tennessee, National

Tennessee monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to September 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 356,698 fewer people unemployed in the state. Tennessee job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Tennessee 146,887 -7,419 -120,024

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployed
September 2021 4.8% 4.4% 146,887
August 2021 5.2% 4.6% 154,306
July 2021 5.4% 4.7% 158,337
June 2021 5.9% 4.9% 164,663
May 2021 5.8% 5.0% 165,114
April 2021 6.1% 5.0% 167,022
March 2021 6.0% 5.1% 168,455
February 2021 6.2% 4.9% 162,310
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