Department of Numbers

Tennessee Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Tennessee fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2021 to 5.0%. The state unemployment rate was 0.8 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 10.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in February 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Tennessee unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Tennessee 5.0% 0.0 -4.6

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

Unemployment Rate: Tennessee, National

Tennessee monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 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 337,421 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 162,310 in February 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,854. Tennessee job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Tennessee 166,164 -858 -136,195

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployed
June 2021 5.9%
May 2021 5.8% 5.0% 166,164
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
September 2020 7.8% 7.9% 266,911
August 2020 8.4% 8.1% 273,108
July 2020 10.2% 8.9% 283,157