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Cleveland, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Cleveland fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 4.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Tennessee rate. The unemployment rate in Cleveland peaked in April 2020 at 14.3% and is now 9.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Cleveland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Tennessee 4.9% -0.2 +1.0
Cleveland 4.8% -0.1 +1.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 5,246 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Cleveland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Cleveland, Tennessee) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Cleveland 2,908 -47 +757

Number of Unemployed Persons

Cleveland, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Cleveland
Unemployment Rate
Cleveland
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 4.9% 4.8% 2,908
January
2021
6.3% 5.1% 4.9% 2,955
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 6.4% 4,058
November
2020
6.7% 5.6% 4.9% 3,149
October
2020
6.9% 7.8% 6.8% 4,201
September
2020
7.8% 7.9% 5.4% 3,241
August
2020
8.4% 8.1% 6.9% 4,251
July
2020
10.2% 8.9% 8.1% 4,617
June
2020
11.1% 9.3% 8.0% 4,623
May
2020
13.3% 9.6% 9.8% 5,758
April
2020
14.8% 15.8% 14.3% 8,154

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.