Job Influx Meets a 5.4 Percent Unemployment Rate in January

Thursday, March 02, 2017 | 1:30pm

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announces a preliminary unemployment rate for January at 5.4 percent, increasing from the revised December rate of 5.1 percent. The U.S. preliminary rate for January is 4.8 percent, up one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous month.

While experiencing a rate increase from 4.8 to 5.4 percent over the past year in Tennessee, the national rate has declined from 4.9 to 4.8 percent within the same time span.

Labor Force Estimates Table - January 2017 (preliminary)

Total nonfarm employment increased with 1,200 additional jobs from December 2016 to January 2017. The largest employment increases were within trade/transportation/utilities, leisure/hospitality, and mining/logging/construction.

“Our workforce is strengthened with increased opportunity, as international companies continue to invest in Tennessee because of the business advantages we offer,” remarked Commissioner Phillips.

Business Survey Table - Seasonally Adjusted Nonfarm Employment

Over the year, nonfarm employment increased by 58,800 jobs. The largest increases occurred in trade/transportation/utilities, leisure/hospitality, and professional/business services.

Unemployment Rates Graph - U.S. v. TN

The Economic Analysis and Labor Force Estimates are prepared by the Employment Security division’s labor market information specialists. The division reports metrics and contextual information as it relates to employment, income, and population in Tennessee. Economical issues are narrated in monthly newsletters and additional resources are available on

The county unemployment release for January 2017 will be published on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. CT.


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