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

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Nashville rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.0%. 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 7.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Nashville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Tennessee 3.7% +0.1 +0.4
Nashville 3.0% +0.1 +0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 53,521 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 4,817. Nashville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Nashville, Tennessee) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Nashville 31,137 +995 +4,788

Number of Unemployed Persons

Nashville, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Nashville
Unemployment Rate
Nashville
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.0% 31,137
September
2018
3.7% 3.6% 2.9% 30,142
August
2018
3.9% 3.6% 2.8% 29,190
July
2018
3.9% 3.5% 2.8% 29,168
June
2018
4.0% 3.5% 2.8% 28,717
May
2018
3.8% 3.5% 2.5% 26,320
April
2018
3.9% 3.4% 2.6% 26,740
March
2018
4.1% 3.4% 2.7% 27,848
February
2018
4.1% 3.4% 2.7% 27,456
January
2018
4.1% 3.3% 2.6% 26,973
December
2017
4.1% 3.3% 2.6% 26,802

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.