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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 September 2019 to 2.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the Tennessee rate. The unemployment rate in Nashville peaked in June 2009 at 9.9% and is now 7.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in February 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Nashville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -0.2
Tennessee 3.4% -0.1 0.0
Nashville 2.6% -0.1 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2019 data as October 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 83,534. There are now 55,170 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 26,844 in April 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,520. Nashville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Nashville, Tennessee) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Nashville 28,364 -332 +223

Number of Unemployed Persons

Nashville, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Nashville
Unemployment Rate
Nashville
Unemployed
October
2019
3.6%
September
2019
3.5% 3.4% 2.6% 28,364
August
2019
3.7% 3.5% 2.7% 28,696
July
2019
3.7% 3.5% 2.7% 28,856
June
2019
3.7% 3.4% 2.6% 27,687
May
2019
3.6% 3.3% 2.5% 27,148
April
2019
3.6% 3.2% 2.5% 26,844
March
2019
3.8% 3.2% 2.5% 26,969
February
2019
3.8% 3.2% 2.5% 26,878
January
2019
4.0% 3.3% 2.6% 27,562
December
2018
3.9% 3.3% 2.7% 27,824
November
2018
3.7% 3.3% 2.7% 27,816

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.