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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 May 2021 to 4.3%. 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 April 2020 at 15.9% and is now 11.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Nashville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Tennessee 5.0% 0.0 -4.6
Nashville 4.3% 0.0 -6.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2021 data as June 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 117,052 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 44,656 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,897. Nashville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Nashville, Tennessee) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Nashville 46,553 -124 -58,707

Number of Unemployed Persons

Nashville, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Nashville
Unemployment Rate
Nashville
Unemployed
June
2021
5.9%
May
2021
5.8% 5.0% 4.3% 46,553
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
September
2020
7.8% 7.9% 7.1% 78,754
August
2020
8.4% 8.1% 7.2% 79,143
July
2020
10.2% 8.9% 9.0% 92,250

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.