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Cleveland, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Cleveland rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Tennessee rate. The unemployment rate in Cleveland peaked in April 2009 at 10.3% and is now 6.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in December 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Cleveland 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
Cleveland 4.0% +0.1 +0.6
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: 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 2009 at 5,672. There are now 3,356 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,968 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 348. Cleveland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Cleveland, Tennessee) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Cleveland 2,316 +76 +348

Number of Unemployed Persons

Cleveland, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Cleveland
Unemployment Rate
Cleveland
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.7% 4.0% 2,316
September
2018
3.7% 3.6% 3.9% 2,240
August
2018
3.9% 3.6% 3.7% 2,168
July
2018
3.9% 3.5% 3.7% 2,150
June
2018
4.0% 3.5% 3.7% 2,157
May
2018
3.8% 3.5% 3.5% 2,022
April
2018
3.9% 3.4% 3.4% 2,002
March
2018
4.1% 3.4% 3.5% 2,039
February
2018
4.1% 3.4% 3.5% 2,046
January
2018
4.1% 3.3% 3.4% 1,990
December
2017
4.1% 3.3% 3.3% 1,977

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.