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

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Nashville fell 0.0 percentage points in January 2019 to 2.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Tennessee rate. The unemployment rate in Nashville peaked in June 2009 at 10.0% and is now 7.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Nashville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.0% +0.1 -0.1
Tennessee 3.3% 0.0 -0.3
Nashville 2.6% 0.0 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2019 data as February 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 June 2009 at 84,658. There are now 57,211 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 26,320 in May 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,127. Nashville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Nashville, Tennessee) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Nashville 27,447 +88 +474

Number of Unemployed Persons

Nashville, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Nashville
Unemployment Rate
Nashville
Unemployed
February
2019
3.8%
January
2019
4.0% 3.3% 2.6% 27,447
December
2018
3.9% 3.3% 2.6% 27,359
November
2018
3.7% 3.3% 2.9% 29,737
October
2018
3.8% 3.3% 3.0% 31,125
September
2018
3.7% 3.4% 2.9% 30,142
August
2018
3.8% 3.5% 2.8% 29,190
July
2018
3.9% 3.5% 2.8% 29,168
June
2018
4.0% 3.6% 2.8% 28,717
May
2018
3.8% 3.6% 2.5% 26,320
April
2018
3.9% 3.6% 2.6% 26,740
March
2018
4.0% 3.6% 2.7% 27,848

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.