NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) â¿¿ Tennessee's unemployment rate for February was 7.8 percent, a slight increase from the previous month. Department of Labor and Workforce Development Interim Commissioner Burns Phillips said Thursday that's the lowest February rate since 2008. The unemployment rate for January was 7.7 percent. The national unemployment rate for February was 7.7 percent. State figures show that nonfarm employment increased by 11,400 jobs from January to February.