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Cleveland, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Cleveland rose 0.2 percentage points in February 2018 to 3.5%. 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 10.3% and is now 6.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in September 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Cleveland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Tennessee 3.4% +0.1 -1.0
Cleveland 3.5% +0.2 -1.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 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 2009 at 5,672. There are now 3,622 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,768 in September 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 282. Cleveland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Cleveland, Tennessee) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Cleveland 2,050 +94 -810

Number of Unemployed Persons

Cleveland, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Cleveland
Unemployment Rate
Cleveland
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 3.4% 3.5% 2,050
January
2018
4.1% 3.3% 3.3% 1,956
December
2017
4.1% 3.3% 3.2% 1,985
November
2017
4.1% 3.3% 3.4% 2,083
October
2017
4.1% 3.3% 3.1% 1,847
September
2017
4.2% 3.3% 3.0% 1,768
August
2017
4.4% 3.4% 3.4% 2,006
July
2017
4.3% 3.5% 3.7% 2,170
June
2017
4.3% 3.6% 3.7% 2,146
May
2017
4.3% 3.8% 3.4% 1,971
April
2017
4.4% 4.0% 4.3% 2,518

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.