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Cleveland, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Cleveland fell 1.2 percentage points in August 2020 to 6.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.6 percentage points lower than the Tennessee rate. The unemployment rate in Cleveland peaked in April 2020 at 14.3% and is now 7.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Cleveland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 8.4% -1.8 +4.7
Tennessee 8.5% -1.2 +5.1
Cleveland 6.9% -1.2 +3.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2020 data as September metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Cleveland, Tennessee, National

Cleveland, Tennessee monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Cleveland, Tennessee Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Cleveland peaked in April 2020 at 8,154. There are now 3,910 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Cleveland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Cleveland, Tennessee) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Cleveland 4,244 -373 +2,126

Number of Unemployed Persons

Cleveland, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Cleveland
Unemployment Rate
Cleveland
Unemployed
September
2020
7.9%
August
2020
8.4% 8.5% 6.9% 4,244
July
2020
10.2% 9.7% 8.1% 4,617
June
2020
11.1% 9.6% 8.0% 4,623
May
2020
13.3% 11.0% 9.8% 5,758
April
2020
14.7% 15.5% 14.3% 8,154
March
2020
4.4% 3.3% 3.5% 2,137
February
2020
3.5% 3.4% 3.5% 2,151
January
2020
3.6% 3.3% 3.5% 2,118
December
2019
3.5% 3.3% 3.4% 2,107
November
2019
3.5% 3.3% 3.4% 2,105
October
2019
3.6% 3.3% 3.4% 2,106

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.