Tennessee Employment Statistics

  • 161,793 employers
  • 2,977,953 employees
  • $970 average weekly wage
  • The average weekly wage is 11.9% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 10.5% below the national average

For complete coverage and the latest employment statistics as compiled by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, see: Tennessee Employment Statistics

State Business & Employment Since 2009

  • 20,974 more businesses
  • 412,665 more employees
  • 16.1% increase in total wages
  • $10,193 increase in annual wages per employee
  • 25.3% increase in wages per employee

For our analysis of key data changes for business and employment data since the end of the recession in 2009, see: Tennessee Employment Growth Since the Recession

Business & Employment by County

County with the Most Businesses: Davidson County Tennessee, 22,089
County with the Most Employees: Davidson County Tennessee, 431,904
County with Highest Average Hourly Wage: Roane County Tennessee, $1,322
County with Highest Unemployment Rate: Lake County Tennessee, 5.9%

For a breakout of business and employment data by county for the state of Tennessee, see: Tennessee Employment Statistics by County


For a breakout of occupations across the state of Tennessee see:Tennessee Occupational Statistics

Monthly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 3,232,906 employed workers
  • 117,181 unemployed workers
  • 3.5% unemployment rate

Monthly employment, unemployment and wage data for the state of Tennessee, see: Tennessee Monthly Employment Data

Quarterly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 166,404 employers, up 3.4% from 160,928
  • 3,038,197 employees, up 2.0% from 2,979,820
  • $964 average weekly wage, up 3.3% from $933
  • The average weekly wage is 12.0% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 11.3% below the national average

Quarterly employment statistics for Tennessee, see: Tennessee Quarterly Employment Data

Data Sources

About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & HomeGearWorks.com. Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.