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Knoxville, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Knoxville fell 4.6 percentage points in May 2020 to 9.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.5 percentage points lower than the Tennessee rate. The unemployment rate in Knoxville peaked in April 2020 at 14.1% and is now 4.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Knoxville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Tennessee 11.0% -4.5 +7.5
Knoxville 9.5% -4.6 +6.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Knoxville, Tennessee, National

Knoxville, Tennessee monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Knoxville, Tennessee Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Knoxville peaked in April 2020 at 58,528. There are now 18,333 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Knoxville 40,195 -18,333 +26,037

Number of Unemployed Persons

Knoxville, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Knoxville
Unemployment Rate
Knoxville
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 9.7%
May
2020
13.3% 11.0% 9.5% 40,195
April
2020
14.7% 15.5% 14.1% 58,528
March
2020
4.4% 3.3% 3.2% 13,826
February
2020
3.5% 3.4% 3.2% 13,940
January
2020
3.6% 3.3% 3.1% 13,661
December
2019
3.5% 3.3% 3.1% 13,502
November
2019
3.5% 3.3% 3.1% 13,537
October
2019
3.6% 3.3% 3.1% 13,608
September
2019
3.5% 3.3% 3.2% 13,712
August
2019
3.7% 3.4% 3.2% 13,856

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.