Department of Numbers

Tennessee Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Tennessee fell 0.0 percentage points in March 2018 to 3.4%. The state unemployment rate was 0.7 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 7.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in September 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Tennessee unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.4
Tennessee 3.4% 0.0 -0.8

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 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 222,407 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 105,961 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,284. Tennessee job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Tennessee 110,245 +1,794 -22,639

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployed
April 2018 3.9%
March 2018 4.1% 3.4% 110,245
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
October 2017 4.1% 3.3% 105,961
September 2017 4.2% 3.3% 106,658
August 2017 4.4% 3.4% 108,112
July 2017 4.3% 3.5% 110,608
June 2017 4.3% 3.6% 114,515
May 2017 4.3% 3.8% 119,874