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Cleveland, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Cleveland rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2019 to 3.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Tennessee rate. The unemployment rate in Cleveland peaked in April 2009 at 10.2% and is now 6.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in February 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Cleveland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Tennessee 3.5% +0.1 0.0
Cleveland 3.6% +0.1 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 May 2009 at 5,655. There are now 3,515 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,979 in April 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 161. Cleveland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Cleveland, Tennessee) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Cleveland 2,140 +104 +17

Number of Unemployed Persons

Cleveland, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Cleveland
Unemployment Rate
Cleveland
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 3.5%
July
2019
3.7% 3.5% 3.6% 2,140
June
2019
3.7% 3.4% 3.5% 2,036
May
2019
3.6% 3.3% 3.4% 1,998
April
2019
3.6% 3.2% 3.4% 1,979
March
2019
3.8% 3.2% 3.4% 1,993
February
2019
3.8% 3.2% 3.4% 1,995
January
2019
4.0% 3.3% 3.5% 2,042
December
2018
3.9% 3.3% 3.5% 2,060
November
2018
3.7% 3.3% 3.5% 2,058
October
2018
3.8% 3.3% 3.6% 2,061

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.