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Knoxville, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Knoxville fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2021 to 4.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Tennessee rate. The unemployment rate in Knoxville peaked in April 2020 at 14.1% and is now 9.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.3% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Knoxville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Tennessee 4.9% -0.2 +1.0
Knoxville 4.3% 0.0 +1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 39,995 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Knoxville 18,533 -347 +4,593

Number of Unemployed Persons

Knoxville, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Knoxville
Unemployment Rate
Knoxville
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 4.9% 4.3% 18,533
January
2021
6.3% 5.1% 4.3% 18,880
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.9% 26,715
November
2020
6.7% 5.6% 4.7% 21,314
October
2020
6.9% 7.8% 6.4% 27,898
September
2020
7.8% 7.9% 5.3% 22,858
August
2020
8.4% 8.1% 7.0% 30,587
July
2020
10.2% 8.9% 7.7% 31,253
June
2020
11.1% 9.3% 7.7% 31,653
May
2020
13.3% 9.6% 9.2% 38,986
April
2020
14.8% 15.8% 14.1% 58,528

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.