Department of Numbers

Tennessee Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Tennessee rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2019 to 3.5%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 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 7.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in February 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also see Tennessee unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Tennessee 3.5% +0.1 0.0

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 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 215,471 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 105,171 in February 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 12,010. Tennessee job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Tennessee 117,181 +5,053 +2,403

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployed
August 2019 3.7%
July 2019 3.7% 3.5% 117,181
June 2019 3.7% 3.4% 112,128
May 2019 3.6% 3.3% 109,255
April 2019 3.6% 3.2% 106,530
March 2019 3.8% 3.2% 105,848
February 2019 3.8% 3.2% 105,171
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