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How much does the State of Tennessee pay as unemployment benefits?

If you begin collecting Tennessee unemployment benefits, one of the first questions you will have is how much you will receive in payments from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DLWD). The goal is to provide claimants with enough money to take care of basic needs until they can find a new job. However, how much you actually receive depends on how much you earned most recently and how long you are eligible.

This maximum is determined by calculating the average salary for employees in the state and dividing it by half. As of now, the maximum weekly benefit amount you can receive from Tennessee unemployment benefits is $275 per week.

If I received severance pay, will I still be able to collect UI?

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is in charge of providing unemployment compensation to Tennesseans who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. If candidates for unemployment insurance benefits meet certain criteria, they may collect unemployment compensation even if they are receiving severance pay from their previous employer.

If you are working while collecting unemployment benefits, you must report your wages each week as you are accruing them, not when you receive the paycheck for that work. Additionally, you must repay any overpayment of benefits to your local unemployment office. All unemployment benefits must be reported as taxable income on your federal tax return.

If I exhaust my regular benefits, how can I file for the first Federal extension that is available?

Once you have exhausted your entitlement to your regular UI claim, you may be eligible to file the first extension. The TDLWD (Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development) will automatically file the first extension and send you notification. No action is required on your part.

When the first federal extension is filed, a notice and claim forms will be sent to eligible claimants. Claimants should continue certifying by phone or Internet.

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Questions & Answers

  1. Dennis says:

    I was hired on at a restaurant part time, but I have not had any hours scheduled since Sept 1st. When I call to ask about hours, I am told to call back later, everytime. I have called back nearly every day. Am I entitled to unemployment or some kind of compensation? They say I am on their payroll still. 9 1/2 hours over the course of 2 1/2 weeks doesn’t cut it when I was told that I would get 18 to 20 hours per week.

  2. Vicki Cupp says:

    I filed my unemployment claim on 6-12-16 and have just made it through a chat thing on the computer last week with a woman asking me to give her several bits of information and trying to gather that information just a few seconds later she stated that she couldn’t hold the line when I asked her to give me a second to get my letter with my information on it. Well I did make it within the split second that I was allowed after being on line for a very long time waiting to talk to someone. She told me that I would receive notification in the mail of the decision. Next a woman called my phone number with a very rude voice with the total call being 7 seconds long saying her name and it was about my UI claim and to call her back at my convenience but she left no information as a phone number. I listened to my voicemail and got envelope information on the call and called that number and its a fax machine number. Getting unemployment is very very complicated and the people that you do get to talk to are very rude and act as if your unemployment was coming out if their paychecks. I’m only qualified to get two weeks worth but our utilities are getting disconnected and we have no groceries. Please help me and my family

    • Martin says:

      Well, I can understand your concern. It can get testing at times. All we can say is, keep chasing at regular intervals to get an update.

      You may even want to consider the option of visiting the nearest Unemployment Office for an update.

  3. TB says:

    My last day of work was 1/31/16 due to plant shut down & no fault of mine. I received 12 weeks of full pay as severance pay because of my time with the company which just ended 4/22/16. Do I show my separation date as the day my severance ended or as the last day I worked?

    • Martin says:

      Please call the claims center/customer service of the labor dept. in your state for further information in this regard.

      We do not have a definite answer in this regard.

  4. michael says:

    after doing sunday work seach how long does it take for your money to post on your debit card

    • Martin says:

      If the claim is your first one, it will take about 7-10 days. Otherwise, it will credit as per the timelines.

  5. Tim says:

    I received unemployment benefits for the beginning of 2015……I am awaiting my tax form in order to file my taxes. But have not received it yet. Is there some way I can get it online?

    • Martin says:

      Please visit the official website of the Labor Department in your state.

      Nearly all states let you download 1099-G online.

  6. Glade Willis says:

    I only worked 20 hours the week of Thanksgiving. My employer claims to have filed unemployment for me. It has been nearly a month and still nothing. Is there a way to find out if it was really filed? I have been with that company for 2 years and made well under $275 for that week. My wait period was during out 4th of July shutdown. Please help!

  7. James says:

    If I cash out a 401k, will that affect unemployment benefits?

  8. 6159309834 says:

    ruby emailed me and said she tried to contact me and sent a message but I did not receive one. m question is why I did not receive the back psy benefits after my appeal went through?

  9. Robin says:

    I work in Tennessee but live in Mississippi. Where do I file for unemployment?

  10. Ashley Brown says:

    If I have certified for 3 weeks and my benefits was approved after the 3 time certifying will I still receive payments for those weeks?

  11. Jared says:

    I was recently working full time with my current employer but they have dropped me to under 20 hours a week. Mind you I am a minimum wage employee that makes only 7.50 an hour and after taxes and child support(I pay $239.16 a month which is directed garnished from my pay) that leaves me with nowhere near enough to be able to bills, rent and other personal needs, basically to support myself in general. Would I be eligible for unemployment or partial employment benefits? Because of my employer doing this I am in a huge bind and if I am not eligible for unemployment or partial employment benefits I may end up HOMELESS within the next few weeks.

    • Adrian says:

      We can understand your plight.

      You can be eligible for Unemployment Compensation towards any reduction in working hours. Please call the labor authorities in your state and apply accordingly.

  12. Chenille says:

    will I be able to file for unemployment if the reason I had to resign from my job is a medical reason PTSD/anxiety which I got from a robbery on the job?

    • Adrian says:

      Depends. Generally, personal reasons such as medical conditions do not qualify.

      However, as this is related to your work, please consult the labor authorities in your state and apply accordingly.

  13. Patsy Gibbs says:

    If my company is on an unpaid shut down for 3 weeks can I draw unemployment in the state of Tenn?

  14. Mildred Larimer says:

    May I qualify for benefits if I am employed PRN yet company refused to let me work and hires full time employees and allowes other PRN employees to work weekly, altho I have contacted them weekly asking to allow me to work. Until I had work place injury I was working 3 to 4 days a week. Since released to come back to work without restrictions I have been allowed very. I have worked one day since October, 2013. They will not lay me off, have no resome to fire me yet they will not let me work, and I need help with expense. I need to work or get benefits.

  15. Fred says:

    I was recently fired from my job but was given so many weeks severance pay so I could not draw unemployment. I decided during that time that I would sign up for Social Security benefits while still looking for full time work. Question is can I still qualify for unemployment benefits now that my severance has depleted?

  16. Jackie says:

    It has been 10 weeks since i filed my claim. A decision has still not been made yet. How long should it take to get a decision and how can I find out what is going on? You can not get through to talk to anyone on the phone.

  17. Bob says:

    How many months do you work in tn to collect

  18. Kirsten Testerman says:

    I filled for benefits but took a seasonal job which will only last for one month. Do I need to file again?

  19. Kristy says:

    Sat. Nov. 23rd was my last day working. I will be paid my final paycheck on 11/29. With this, I will receive a one time severance pay. According to TN’s website, I am not eligible for unemployment benefits the week I receive severance. So, should I file for unemployment next week, or should I go ahead and do it this week?

  20. julia says:

    Can you draw unemployment benefits if you were fired from a job for failing a drug screen?

  21. Keila says:

    I filed on October 20th online. I have received my chase card and monetary documents. I have been certifying for 4 weeks now and everytime I call to check on the staus of my claim it tells me it has not yet been determined. How much longer will I have to wait and where am I supposed to go from here?

  22. Jan Pugh says:

    I started a job in April this year. I told them at the start that my Mom was very ill and may pass away any time. I also had a week of vacation that had already been paid for that I didn’t want to lose my money on. That being said, my Mom did pass right after the week of vacation. Now they are saying due to performance being low which was caused because of my absence that they will be letting me go at the end of the month. Can I draw unemployement with that kind of dismissal. It appears to diciplinary but from circumstances beyond my control. Also I have applied for my S.S. and will start drawing in December. Can I draw the unemployment until that kicks in? Can I draw unemployment while I draw my S.S.?

    • kathy says:

      Most states allow you to collect ss without it affecting your benefit amount. Yes, it does sound like a disciplinary dismissal but it is not.

  23. mary says:

    I am currently working but i quit a part-time job to come to this place to work also part-time,now that this job is about to go to working maybe 1 to 2 days a month can i draw unemployment / i live in tennessee so i really have no clue as to what to do.

  24. donald gilliam says:

    I use the computer to file my cliam. Sunday is the day i should file, i missed filing and filed on line on monday. will i still get my benefit ckeck?

  25. donald gilliam says:

    I file my claim on sundays but did’nt get it done so I filed on monday. will I still get my check?

  26. Dennis Eckert says:

    If I live in Tennessee but work in Alabama where do I apply if I get layed off by the government shutdown?

  27. Lori Hatfield says:

    When filing on Sunday for the week ending at 12pm on Sat 7 Sept 2013, I accidently pressed 9 instead of 1 for the question were u willing and actively searching for a job. And the answer was yes but I accidently pressed 9. How can I correct this. the Unemployment office in our town no longer exists. Please help me…

  28. Kathy Woodard says:

    I would like to know when my benefits will end on my unempolyment?

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