Unemployment in Tennessee holds steady for the third month

The July statewide unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.3%

NASHVILLE – Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate remained unchanged for July 2022, according to newly released data from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD). For the third consecutive month, the rate has held steady at 3.3%.

The state’s July rate is just 0.1 of a percentage point higher than the all-time low unemployment rate of 3.2% which was recorded in both March and April of this year.

Between July 2021 and July 2022, Tennessee employers added 110,000 new nonfarm jobs to their payrolls. The leisure and hospitality sector saw the biggest year-to-year gains. The trade, transportation and utilities sector and the mining, logging and construction sector saw the next highest employment increases.

In a month-to-month comparison, there were 12,400 fewer nonfarm jobs across the state in July. The local government sector accounted for the largest number of jobs lost, followed by the durable goods manufacturing sector and the mining and logging sector.

Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted civilian workforce contracted slightly in July, down 0.1% to 3,409,628 people. That 2022 figure still came in 2.3% higher than the number of individuals working across the state during the month last year.

Nationally, seasonally adjusted unemployment dropped slightly between June and July, down 0.1 of a percentage point to 3.5%.

TDLWD has a complete analysis of Tennessee’s July 2022 unemployment data available here.

While the state’s unemployment rate remains low, there are still many Tennesseans searching for meaningful employment. Employers have tens of thousands of jobs they need to fill. TDLWD has the resources available to match job seekers with companies that are hiring. The journey to better employment starts at TNWorkReady.com.

The state of Tennessee will release the July 2022 county unemployment data at 1:30 p.m. CDT on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022.

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