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Chattanooga, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Chattanooga fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2019 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 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. From a post peak low of 3.3% in March 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Chattanooga unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Tennessee 3.5% 0.0 0.0
Chattanooga 3.4% 0.0 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 May 2009 at 25,478. There are now 16,013 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 9,010 in April 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 455. Chattanooga employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Chattanooga, Tennessee) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Chattanooga 9,465 -24 +63

Number of Unemployed Persons

Chattanooga, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Chattanooga
Unemployment Rate
Chattanooga
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 3.4%
August
2019
3.7% 3.5% 3.4% 9,465
July
2019
3.7% 3.5% 3.4% 9,489
June
2019
3.7% 3.4% 3.3% 9,157
May
2019
3.6% 3.3% 3.3% 9,014
April
2019
3.6% 3.2% 3.3% 9,010
March
2019
3.8% 3.2% 3.3% 9,094
February
2019
3.8% 3.2% 3.4% 9,137
January
2019
4.0% 3.3% 3.4% 9,202
December
2018
3.9% 3.3% 3.4% 9,215
November
2018
3.7% 3.3% 3.4% 9,203
October
2018
3.8% 3.3% 3.4% 9,208

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.