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Knoxville, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Knoxville fell 0.9 percentage points in July 2021 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than the Tennessee rate. The unemployment rate in Knoxville peaked in April 2020 at 14.1% and is now 10.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Knoxville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Tennessee 4.7% -0.2 -4.2
Knoxville 3.5% -0.9 -3.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 58,126. There are now 42,986 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Knoxville 15,140 -4,158 -12,574

Number of Unemployed Persons

Knoxville, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Knoxville
Unemployment Rate
Knoxville
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 4.7% 3.5% 15,140
June
2021
5.9% 4.9% 4.4% 19,298
May
2021
5.8% 5.0% 4.5% 19,479
April
2021
6.1% 5.0% 4.5% 19,604
March
2021
6.0% 5.1% 4.5% 19,439
February
2021
6.2% 4.9% 4.3% 18,773
January
2021
6.3% 5.1% 4.1% 17,832
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 4.9% 21,427
November
2020
6.7% 5.6% 4.6% 19,817
October
2020
6.9% 7.8% 6.3% 27,913
September
2020
7.8% 7.9% 5.8% 25,431

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.