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Chattanooga, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Chattanooga rose 0.2 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.7%. 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 6.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Chattanooga unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Tennessee 3.7% +0.1 +0.4
Chattanooga 3.7% +0.2 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 15,257 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 9,144 in May 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,059. Chattanooga employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Chattanooga, Tennessee) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Chattanooga 10,203 +515 +535

Number of Unemployed Persons

Chattanooga, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Chattanooga
Unemployment Rate
Chattanooga
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.7% 10,203
September
2018
3.7% 3.6% 3.5% 9,688
August
2018
3.9% 3.6% 3.6% 9,845
July
2018
3.9% 3.5% 3.7% 10,201
June
2018
4.0% 3.5% 3.6% 9,896
May
2018
3.8% 3.5% 3.3% 9,144
April
2018
3.9% 3.4% 3.4% 9,259
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

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.