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Chattanooga, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Chattanooga fell 1.3 percentage points in July 2021 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than the Tennessee rate. The unemployment rate in Chattanooga peaked in April 2020 at 14.5% and is now 10.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Chattanooga unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Tennessee 4.7% -0.2 -4.2
Chattanooga 3.7% -1.3 -3.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 April 2020 at 38,103. There are now 28,018 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Chattanooga employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Chattanooga, Tennessee) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Chattanooga 10,085 -3,797 -8,938

Number of Unemployed Persons

Chattanooga, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Chattanooga
Unemployment Rate
Chattanooga
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 4.7% 3.7% 10,085
June
2021
5.9% 4.9% 5.0% 13,882
May
2021
5.8% 5.0% 4.4% 12,039
April
2021
6.1% 5.0% 4.4% 12,069
March
2021
6.0% 5.1% 4.4% 11,982
February
2021
6.2% 4.9% 4.2% 11,678
January
2021
6.3% 5.1% 4.1% 11,191
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 4.8% 13,354
November
2020
6.7% 5.6% 4.6% 12,696
October
2020
6.9% 7.8% 6.1% 17,036
September
2020
7.8% 7.9% 6.3% 17,415

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.