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Knoxville, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Knoxville rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Tennessee rate. The unemployment rate in Knoxville peaked in June 2009 at 9.6% and is now 6.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in December 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Knoxville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Tennessee 3.7% +0.1 +0.4
Knoxville 3.6% +0.1 +0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 40,828. There are now 25,606 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 12,992 in May 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,230.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Knoxville 15,222 +546 +1,971

Number of Unemployed Persons

Knoxville, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Knoxville
Unemployment Rate
Knoxville
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.6% 15,222
September
2018
3.7% 3.6% 3.5% 14,676
August
2018
3.9% 3.6% 3.4% 14,259
July
2018
3.9% 3.5% 3.4% 14,326
June
2018
4.0% 3.5% 3.3% 14,122
May
2018
3.8% 3.5% 3.1% 12,992
April
2018
3.9% 3.4% 3.1% 13,084
March
2018
4.1% 3.4% 3.2% 13,571
February
2018
4.1% 3.4% 3.2% 13,501
January
2018
4.1% 3.3% 3.2% 13,254
December
2017
4.1% 3.3% 3.1% 13,048

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.