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Knoxville, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Knoxville fell 1.6 percentage points in November 2020 to 4.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Tennessee rate. The unemployment rate in Knoxville peaked in April 2020 at 14.1% and is now 9.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Knoxville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Tennessee 5.3% -2.0 +2.0
Knoxville 4.8% -1.6 +1.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December 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 36,934 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Knoxville 21,594 -6,304 +8,057

Number of Unemployed Persons

Knoxville, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Knoxville
Unemployment Rate
Knoxville
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 5.3% 4.8% 21,594
October
2020
6.9% 7.3% 6.4% 27,898
September
2020
7.8% 6.5% 5.3% 22,858
August
2020
8.4% 8.6% 7.0% 30,587
July
2020
10.2% 9.7% 7.7% 31,253
June
2020
11.1% 9.6% 7.7% 31,653
May
2020
13.3% 11.0% 9.2% 38,986
April
2020
14.8% 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
3.5% 3.3% 3.1% 13,661

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.