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Tennessee Unemployment Benefit Questions

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. James says:

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

  2. 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?

  3. Robin says:

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

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Patsy Gibbs says:

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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?

  10. 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.

  11. Bob says:

    How many months do you work in tn to collect

  12. 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?

  13. 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?

  14. julia says:

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

  15. 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?

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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?

  19. 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?

  20. 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?

  21. 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…

  22. Kathy Woodard says:

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

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