Department of Numbers

Tennessee Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Tennessee fell 0.0 percentage points in January 2020 to 3.3%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 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 7.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in September 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Tennessee unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.4
Tennessee 3.3% 0.0 -0.1

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

Unemployment Rate: Tennessee, National

Tennessee monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Tennessee Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Tennessee peaked in June 2009 at 332,652. There are now 220,620 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 110,725 in September 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,307. Tennessee job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Tennessee 112,032 +221 -488

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployed
February 2020 3.5%
January 2020 3.6% 3.3% 112,032
December 2019 3.5% 3.3% 111,811
November 2019 3.5% 3.3% 111,587
October 2019 3.6% 3.3% 111,417
September 2019 3.5% 3.3% 111,716
August 2019 3.7% 3.4% 112,581
July 2019 3.7% 3.4% 113,762
June 2019 3.7% 3.4% 114,785
May 2019 3.6% 3.5% 115,428
April 2019 3.6% 3.5% 115,418
March 2019 3.8% 3.5% 114,681