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Chattanooga, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Chattanooga fell 1.3 percentage points in November 2020 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the Tennessee rate. The unemployment rate in Chattanooga peaked in April 2020 at 13.7% and is now 9.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Chattanooga unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Tennessee 5.3% -2.0 +2.0
Chattanooga 4.5% -1.3 +1.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December 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 37,519. There are now 24,601 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Chattanooga employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Chattanooga, Tennessee) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Chattanooga 12,918 -3,226 +3,865

Number of Unemployed Persons

Chattanooga, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Chattanooga
Unemployment Rate
Chattanooga
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 5.3% 4.5% 12,918
October
2020
6.9% 7.3% 5.8% 16,144
September
2020
7.8% 6.5% 5.3% 14,642
August
2020
8.4% 8.6% 6.6% 18,644
July
2020
10.2% 9.7% 7.8% 21,002
June
2020
11.1% 9.6% 7.8% 20,978
May
2020
13.3% 11.0% 9.5% 26,081
April
2020
14.8% 15.5% 13.7% 37,519
March
2020
4.4% 3.3% 3.3% 9,348
February
2020
3.5% 3.4% 3.3% 9,293
January
2020
3.5% 3.3% 3.3% 9,144

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.