Department of Numbers

Tennessee Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Tennessee fell 0.2 percentage points in March 2022 to 3.2%. 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 15.9% and is now 12.7 percentage points lower. You can also see Tennessee unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.2 -2.4
Tennessee 3.2% -0.2 -1.7

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

Unemployment Rate: Tennessee, National

Tennessee monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 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 401,394 fewer people unemployed in the state. Tennessee job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Tennessee 109,087 -4,784 -52,797

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployed
April 2022 3.6%
March 2022 3.6% 3.2% 109,087
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
August 2021 5.2% 4.0% 133,052
July 2021 5.4% 4.2% 140,106
June 2021 5.9% 4.4% 147,224
May 2021 5.8% 4.6% 152,032