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Knoxville, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Knoxville fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2019 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Tennessee rate. The unemployment rate in Knoxville peaked in June 2009 at 9.6% and is now 6.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Knoxville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Tennessee 3.2% -0.1 -0.4
Knoxville 2.9% -0.2 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 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 June 2009 at 40,828. There are now 28,351 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Knoxville 12,477 -858 -1,024

Number of Unemployed Persons

Knoxville, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Knoxville
Unemployment Rate
Knoxville
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.2%
February
2019
3.8% 3.2% 2.9% 12,477
January
2019
4.0% 3.3% 3.1% 13,335
December
2018
3.9% 3.3% 3.1% 13,276
November
2018
3.7% 3.3% 3.4% 14,537
October
2018
3.8% 3.3% 3.6% 15,215
September
2018
3.7% 3.4% 3.5% 14,676
August
2018
3.8% 3.5% 3.4% 14,259
July
2018
3.9% 3.5% 3.4% 14,326
June
2018
4.0% 3.6% 3.3% 14,122
May
2018
3.8% 3.6% 3.1% 12,992
April
2018
3.9% 3.6% 3.1% 13,084

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.