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Chattanooga, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Chattanooga fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Tennessee rate. The unemployment rate in Chattanooga peaked in May 2009 at 9.8% and is now 6.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Chattanooga unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Tennessee 3.2% -0.1 -0.4
Chattanooga 3.3% -0.1 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 16,385 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,979 in December 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 96. Chattanooga employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Chattanooga, Tennessee) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Chattanooga 9,075 -154 -740

Number of Unemployed Persons

Chattanooga, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Chattanooga
Unemployment Rate
Chattanooga
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.2%
February
2019
3.8% 3.2% 3.3% 9,075
January
2019
4.0% 3.3% 3.4% 9,229
December
2018
3.9% 3.3% 3.3% 8,979
November
2018
3.7% 3.3% 3.4% 9,447
October
2018
3.8% 3.3% 3.7% 10,199
September
2018
3.7% 3.4% 3.5% 9,688
August
2018
3.8% 3.5% 3.6% 9,845
July
2018
3.9% 3.5% 3.7% 10,201
June
2018
4.0% 3.6% 3.6% 9,896
May
2018
3.8% 3.6% 3.3% 9,144
April
2018
3.9% 3.6% 3.4% 9,259

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.