Department of Numbers

Tennessee Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Tennessee fell 2.0 percentage points in November 2020 to 5.3%. The state unemployment rate was 1.4 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Tennessee peaked in April 2020 at 15.5% and is now 10.2 percentage points lower. You can also see Tennessee unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Tennessee 5.3% -2.0 +2.0

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

Unemployment Rate: Tennessee, National

Tennessee monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to November 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Tennessee Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Tennessee peaked in April 2020 at 499,621. There are now 317,281 fewer people unemployed in the state. Tennessee job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Tennessee 182,340 -62,743 +70,753

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Tennessee from 1990 to November 2020

Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployed
December 2020 6.7%
November 2020 6.7% 5.3% 182,340
October 2020 6.9% 7.3% 245,083
September 2020 7.8% 6.5% 216,073
August 2020 8.4% 8.6% 291,549
July 2020 10.2% 9.7% 304,365
June 2020 11.1% 9.6% 305,373
May 2020 13.3% 11.0% 363,655
April 2020 14.8% 15.5% 499,621
March 2020 4.4% 3.3% 112,742
February 2020 3.5% 3.4% 114,321
January 2020 3.5% 3.3% 111,930