Nashville, TN Jobs Report

September 2021 Jobs Report

Jobs Added

Metro +1,700
  • Month Over Month: +0.2%
  • 3 Month Average: 4,567
  • Year Over Year: +5.3%
State +4,400
  • Month Over Month: +0.1%
  • 3 Month Average: 9,300
  • Year Over Year: +4.1%
National +194,000
  • Month Over Month: +0.1%
  • 3 Month Average: 550,333
  • Year Over Year: +4.0%

Unemployment Rate

Metro 3.5%
  • Month Over Month: -0.2%
  • 3 Month Average: 3.93%
  • Year Over Year: -4.0%
State 4.6%
  • Month Over Month: -0.1%
  • 3 Month Average: 4.73%
  • Year Over Year: -3.5%
National 4.8%
  • Month Over Month: -0.4%
  • 3 Month Average: 5.13%
  • Year Over Year: -3.0%

This month’s unemployment rate was 4.8% vs. 5.1% expected, 5.2% in August. U.S. employers unexpectedly hired at a slower pace in September than in August. This is likely due to the labor supply shortages and virus-related impacts that are still putting pressure on the economic recovery.

The latest coronavirus wave led to a second straight month of disappointing job growth in September, as Americans avoided restaurants and travel and were reluctant to rejoin the workforce.

Total employment has yet to return to pre-pandemic levels, the civilian labor force was still down by about 3.1 million individuals compared to February 2020 as of September.

Sector Job Growth from the B.L.S.

Professional & Business Services +900
  • Month Over Month: +0.5%
  • 3 Month Average: 182
  • Year Over Year: +9.2%
Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities +100
  • Month Over Month: +0.2%
  • 3 Month Average: 65
  • Year Over Year: +7.2%
Education & Health Services +1,300
  • Month Over Month: +0.9%
  • 3 Month Average: 152
  • Year Over Year: +2.4%

Industry Job Growth from the B.L.S.

Administrative & Support & Waste Management & Remediation Services +1,000
  • Month Over Month: +1.2%
  • 3 Month Average: 79
  • Year Over Year: +9.9%
Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities +100
  • Month Over Month: +0.2%
  • 3 Month Average: 65
  • Year Over Year: +7.2%
Health Care & Social Assistance +700
  • Month Over Month: +0.5%
  • 3 Month Average: 128
  • Year Over Year: +2.6%
Temporary help services -5,200
  • Month Over Month: -0.2%
  • 3 Month Average: 2,693
  • Year Over Year: +12.1%
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Metropolitan Month-Over Month Job Growth by Sector

*The following chart displays the latest local job growth by sector compared to the previous month. Note that if a sector experienced losses or flat growth, it will not be displayed as part of the graphic.

BLS.gov cannot vouch for the data or analyses derived from these data after the data have been retrieved from BLS.gov.

The BLS defines a sector as a subset of the domestic economy and excludes the economic activities of the following: general government, private households, and nonprofit organizations serving individuals. A sector consists of multiple industries.

The BLS defines an industry as a group of establishments that produce similar products or provide similar services. Multiple industries makeup sectors.

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