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

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Nashville fell 1.8 percentage points in November 2020 to 4.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the Tennessee rate. The unemployment rate in Nashville peaked in April 2020 at 15.7% and is now 11.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Nashville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Tennessee 5.3% -2.0 +2.0
Nashville 4.4% -1.8 +1.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December 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 164,168. There are now 114,931 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Nashville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Nashville, Tennessee) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Nashville 49,237 -17,633 +20,807

Number of Unemployed Persons

Nashville, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Nashville
Unemployment Rate
Nashville
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 5.3% 4.4% 49,237
October
2020
6.9% 7.3% 6.2% 66,870
September
2020
7.8% 6.5% 6.3% 67,444
August
2020
8.4% 8.6% 8.5% 93,141
July
2020
10.2% 9.7% 10.0% 101,746
June
2020
11.1% 9.6% 9.9% 102,465
May
2020
13.3% 11.0% 11.4% 121,644
April
2020
14.8% 15.5% 15.7% 164,168
March
2020
4.4% 3.3% 2.6% 28,800
February
2020
3.5% 3.4% 2.6% 28,975
January
2020
3.5% 3.3% 2.6% 28,446

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.