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Brief | Greater Memphis Jobs Recovery

Thursday, 27 May, 2021

The Greater Memphis Chamber takes an active approach to monitor economic trends and conditions impacting the Greater Memphis Region. On May 21, 2021, new jobs data for April 2021 was released for metropolitan areas nationwide. Relative to this release, we highlight the updated job recovery as well as call attention to the specific industries of Professional and Business Services and Leisure and Hospitality.


  • Alongside other major metropolitan areas in the State of Tennessee, job growth in Greater Memphis contracted slightly in its April 2021 seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll (job) estimates.

  • Over the month March 2021 to April 2021, seasonally adjusted job estimates contracted by 1,900 (-0.3%)

  • Since the 61,400-job contraction in March/April 2020, the Greater Memphis region has added back 45,000 (73%) of jobs lost.

  • Reflected in the April 2021 estimates, the market currently remains -2.5% below its March 2020 level.

Competitive job recovery within major metropolitan areas 
  • Professional/Business Services continues to lead regional job recovery. Currently, this industry sits 8.9% above its March 2020 level. This industry has added 6,100 jobs since January 2021. 

  • Since January 2021, Leisure and Hospitality has added 4,900 jobs. With this growth, Leisure and Hospitality is now –9.7% below its March 2020 level. 

    • Job gains within Leisure and Hospitality are likely due to increases in spending within the metro area. Currently, total consumer spending is above a January 2020 baseline by 20.9%.

      • Specifically, Restaurant and Hotel spending is 11.9% above its the January 2020 pre-pandemic baseline. Retail spending is above the January 2020 baseline by 32.5%. While spending for Entertainment and Recreation remains -23% below the January 2020 levels, this is far above the April 4, 2020, where spending was -80.4% below January 2020.