Tennesseans have known for a number of weeks that federal unemployment help is coming to an end, but a new report brings into focus just how big an impact that may have.
Gov. Bill Lee is opting Tennessee out of federal pandemic unemployment relief that’s been boosting unemployment checks by $300 a week. The extra money will no longer be available starting July 3.
Some of the Tennesseans who’ve been out of work the longest during the pandemic ran out of unemployment benefits just before Christmas.
The number of people newly asking for unemployment in Tennessee jumped dramatically last week, with more than 16,000 filings. That’s the highest number of people putting in an initial claim since late July.
The state is expecting the economy to improve next year, but the pandemic is making the outlook complicated. There are many promising signs in Tennessee, but officials say they want to be cautious.
Most recipients of Tennessee’s unemployment benefits have to resume looking for work starting this week. The requirement had been waived through much of the pandemic since job hunting so often requires in-person meetings.
Unemployment in Tennessee is continuing its slow, gradual descent. Last week, new claims were the lowest they’ve been since the beginning of the pandemic, with just over 10,000 people applying.
The extra unemployment relief money that has helped hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans weather the pandemic expires on Friday.
For the third week in a row, new initial unemployment claims are up in Tennessee. Filings had been ticking downward since early April, when more than 115,000 people applied in a single week. In June the number of people applying in a single week dipped just below 20,000. But last week nearly 26,000 people out […]
For the second week in a row, Tennessee has seen an uptick in the number of people newly applying for unemployment, with more than 22,000 filings last week.