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Knoxville, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Knoxville fell 0.0 percentage points in April 2022 to 2.7%. 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 13.9% and is now 11.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.7% in March 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Knoxville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Tennessee 3.2% 0.0 -1.6
Knoxville 2.7% 0.0 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 57,340. There are now 45,214 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 11,888 in March 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 238.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Knoxville 12,126 +238 -4,628

Number of Unemployed Persons

Knoxville, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Knoxville
Unemployment Rate
Knoxville
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 3.2% 2.7% 12,126
March
2022
3.6% 3.2% 2.7% 11,888
February
2022
3.8% 3.4% 2.8% 12,250
January
2022
4.0% 3.5% 2.9% 12,545
December
2021
3.9% 3.6% 2.9% 12,891
November
2021
4.2% 3.6% 2.9% 12,813
October
2021
4.6% 3.7% 2.9% 12,835
September
2021
4.7% 3.8% 3.0% 13,262
August
2021
5.2% 4.0% 3.2% 13,911
July
2021
5.4% 4.2% 3.4% 14,686
June
2021
5.9% 4.4% 3.6% 15,442

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.