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Chattanooga, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Chattanooga fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2018 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Tennessee rate. The unemployment rate in Chattanooga peaked in May 2009 at 9.8% and is now 6.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Chattanooga unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% -0.2 -0.5
Tennessee 3.4% 0.0 -0.6
Chattanooga 3.4% -0.1 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2018 data as May metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Chattanooga, Tennessee, National

Chattanooga, Tennessee monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Chattanooga, Tennessee Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Chattanooga peaked in June 2009 at 25,460. There are now 16,176 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Chattanooga employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Chattanooga, Tennessee) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Chattanooga 9,284 -306 -1,516

Number of Unemployed Persons

Chattanooga, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Chattanooga
Unemployment Rate
Chattanooga
Unemployed
May
2018
3.8% 3.5%
April
2018
3.9% 3.4% 3.4% 9,284
March
2018
4.1% 3.4% 3.5% 9,590
February
2018
4.1% 3.4% 3.6% 9,815
January
2018
4.1% 3.3% 3.6% 9,632
December
2017
4.1% 3.3% 3.6% 9,617
November
2017
4.1% 3.3% 3.6% 9,733
October
2017
4.1% 3.3% 3.6% 9,668
September
2017
4.2% 3.3% 3.6% 9,632
August
2017
4.4% 3.4% 3.7% 9,796
July
2017
4.3% 3.5% 3.7% 9,976
June
2017
4.3% 3.6% 3.8% 10,105

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.