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Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Nashville fell 0.1 percentage points in August 2021 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than the Tennessee rate. The unemployment rate in Nashville peaked in April 2020 at 15.9% and is now 12.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Nashville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.2% -0.2 -3.2
Tennessee 4.6% -0.1 -3.5
Nashville 3.4% -0.1 -3.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2021 data as September metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Nashville, Tennessee, National

Nashville, Tennessee monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Nashville, Tennessee Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Nashville peaked in April 2020 at 163,605. There are now 126,407 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Nashville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Nashville, Tennessee) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Nashville 37,198 -231 -41,945

Number of Unemployed Persons

Nashville, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Nashville
Unemployment Rate
Nashville
Unemployed
September
2021
4.8%
August
2021
5.2% 4.6% 3.4% 37,198
July
2021
5.4% 4.7% 3.5% 37,429
June
2021
5.9% 4.9% 4.3% 46,443
May
2021
5.8% 5.0% 4.3% 46,523
April
2021
6.1% 5.0% 4.3% 46,677
March
2021
6.0% 5.1% 4.2% 45,854
February
2021
6.2% 4.9% 4.2% 45,379
January
2021
6.3% 5.1% 4.1% 44,656
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 4.8% 52,159
November
2020
6.7% 5.6% 4.6% 49,984
October
2020
6.9% 7.8% 6.6% 72,420

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.