Tennessee's Unemployment Rate Inches Up Slightly in August

The Statewide Jobless Rate Increases for the First Time in Three Months
Thursday, September 15, 2022 | 01:30pm

NASHVILLE – After three consecutive months of steady, near record low unemployment across the state, Tennessee’s jobless rate inched up slightly in August, according to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the month is 3.4%, up just 0.1 of a percentage point from July’s rate of 3.3%. The all-time low rate in Tennessee is 3.2%.

One year ago, Tennessee’s jobless number stood at 4%. The current rate is down 0.6 of a percentage point in a year-to-year comparison.  

The number of nonfarm jobs in Tennessee increased by 3,100 between July and August. The financial activities sector created the most positions, followed by the manufacturing sector, and then the education and health services sector.

Over the last 12 months, Tennessee employers added 114,500 nonfarm jobs to their payrolls. The leisure and hospitality sector saw the most year-to-year growth. The trade, transportation, and utilities sector, along with the education and health services sector, accounted for the next highest job gains.

An analysis of Tennessee’s August 2022 unemployment data can be found online here.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the nation also increased in August. When compared to July’s revised rate, the statistic increased by 0.2 of a percentage point to 3.7%.

September is National Workforce Development Month and the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has a multitude of online and in-person resources for job seekers. TNWorkReady.com makes it easy to quickly navigate the available assistance and programs.

Tennessee has nearly 80 American Job Centers across the state and six mobile American Job Centers that take job seeker services right into our communities. Tennesseans looking for work can use this interactive map to locate the job center closest to them.

The state of Tennessee will release the unemployment data for each of the 95 counties on Thursday, September 22, 2022, at 1:30 p.m. CDT.