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Cleveland, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Cleveland fell 1.2 percentage points in July 2021 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the Tennessee rate. The unemployment rate in Cleveland peaked in April 2020 at 14.1% and is now 10.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Cleveland unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Tennessee 4.7% -0.2 -4.2
Cleveland 3.9% -1.2 -3.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 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 April 2020 at 8,098. There are now 5,767 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Cleveland employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Cleveland, Tennessee) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Cleveland 2,331 -737 -1,870

Number of Unemployed Persons

Cleveland, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Cleveland
Unemployment Rate
Cleveland
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 4.7% 3.9% 2,331
June
2021
5.9% 4.9% 5.1% 3,068
May
2021
5.8% 5.0% 5.1% 3,077
April
2021
6.1% 5.0% 5.2% 3,116
March
2021
6.0% 5.1% 5.2% 3,111
February
2021
6.2% 4.9% 5.0% 3,010
January
2021
6.3% 5.1% 4.8% 2,858
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.6% 3,358
November
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.1% 3,063
October
2020
6.9% 7.8% 7.2% 4,442
September
2020
7.8% 7.9% 6.5% 3,940

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.