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Knoxville, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Knoxville fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2019 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Tennessee rate. The unemployment rate in Knoxville peaked in June 2009 at 9.6% and is now 6.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in April 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Knoxville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Tennessee 3.5% 0.0 0.0
Knoxville 3.3% 0.0 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 June 2009 at 40,919. There are now 26,658 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 13,037 in February 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,224.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Knoxville 14,261 -55 +483

Number of Unemployed Persons

Knoxville, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Knoxville
Unemployment Rate
Knoxville
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 3.4%
August
2019
3.7% 3.5% 3.3% 14,261
July
2019
3.7% 3.5% 3.3% 14,316
June
2019
3.7% 3.4% 3.1% 13,641
May
2019
3.6% 3.3% 3.1% 13,273
April
2019
3.6% 3.2% 3.0% 13,046
March
2019
3.8% 3.2% 3.1% 13,088
February
2019
3.8% 3.2% 3.1% 13,037
January
2019
4.0% 3.3% 3.2% 13,338
December
2018
3.9% 3.3% 3.2% 13,449
November
2018
3.7% 3.3% 3.2% 13,443
October
2018
3.8% 3.3% 3.2% 13,482

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.