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Cleveland, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Cleveland fell 1.8 percentage points in November 2020 to 5.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Tennessee rate. The unemployment rate in Cleveland peaked in April 2020 at 14.3% and is now 9.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Cleveland 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
Cleveland 5.0% -1.8 +1.6
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: 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 4,962 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Cleveland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Cleveland, Tennessee) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Cleveland 3,192 -1,009 +1,087

Number of Unemployed Persons

Cleveland, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Cleveland
Unemployment Rate
Cleveland
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 5.3% 5.0% 3,192
October
2020
6.9% 7.3% 6.8% 4,201
September
2020
7.8% 6.5% 5.4% 3,241
August
2020
8.4% 8.6% 6.9% 4,251
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
14.8% 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
3.5% 3.3% 3.5% 2,118

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.