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Tennessee unemployment rate falls by a point

Updated : June 20th, 2019

Good news for Tennessee! The unemployment rate of Tennessee declined slightly by a point. It is now 10.5 percent. The actual count of the unemployed is about 318,000, the lowest point since a year. Even then, the experts say that the unemployment rate did not decline a lot because the number of people looking for work in the labor force has increased.

According to statistics, the number of positions in administrative and support have increased by 9,000. Education and health services have seen a gain of more than 8,000 jobs. But there have been job losses in construction and durable goods manufacturing sectors.

The state’s biggest job gains came from leisure and hospitality, mining and construction, trade, transportation and utilities.

Due to job losses, the people who have been claiming unemployment benefits are more. Even though Congress is ready to extend the eligibility date of extra unemployment benefits for other workers that were set to phase out at the end of this month. This would actually enable the workers to stay on the claims for about 99 weeks. But it would not be of any help to many of them in Tennessee.

According to news reports, Tennessee approximately 15,000 workers have exhausted all their unemployment benefits, with an estimated 1,850 getting their last check next week and a similar number each week thereafter.

On Thursday the state announced that April unemployment in Tennessee was 10.5 percent, just a slight dip from the previous month’s 10.6 percent rate.

The one bright thing is that more and more people are entering the labor force now as the economy shows signs of recovery.

If you want to know more about the unemployment claims in the state, then you can refer the unemployment benefits guide.

  1. I was permanently severanced from my job due to a Co. Reorg & received my last severance pay last week. I called UE & was told that I should now do my application online since I will no longer be getting funds & still without a job & that this coming Sunday regardless of knowing if I will or will not get benefits yet that I should still file a weekly claim in case of UE back pay.
    So my question is, do I still have to report 4 jobs applied to within this week, even if I do not know if I will be approved/denied for benefits until possibly next week anyway?

    1. Lynda,

      You should continue to report the job applications as long as you’ve been asked to do so. There will be a “Waiting Period” and the first payment will take about 7-10 days after which they’ll flow much quicker. Please call the Claims Center for clarification.

  2. I tried to transfer from one state to another. When I left Montana I was told there would be no problem transferring. When I arrived in North Carolina I had trouble reaching the area manager by phone. When he finally called me back he said to meet him for lunch to discuss when and where I would be working. He did not show up for lunch. Then he never returned any of my calls. I went PA to visit a friend a few weeks later and tried there. I met with the hiring manager and was told there should not be a problem doing the transfer since I was still in the system. I called the store a few times and they said it was still pending. Then I was terminated without even a phone call. Am I eligible for unemployment and if so do I file in Montana or North Carolina. I still have a Montana drivers license but I am living in NC.

    1. Stacey,

      As long as you were unemployed involuntarily, you should be able to claim UI benefits. Please consider applying.

  3. I have worked for 32+ years and recently have become unable to work due to health reasons, so I have had to resign from my job. I have contacted SS and will be able to apply for disability but it will take awhile to process. Can I apply for unemployment benefits? I live in WV.

    1. Sandra,

      UI benefits are only extended to claimants who lose their employment due to involuntary reasons. Please reach out to the Unemployment Office for more.

  4. I had to quit my job at Walmart in Fairmont West Virginia and moved back to my home state ky, I’ve got a son with drug problems and 3 older sisters that are not doing so well in health cause of their age. I didn’t understand about the transfer part they had at Walmart that I could put a date when I could start back because of my car problems I thought when I left I had to go in like in s few days, I’ve applied here at Walmart in Winchester ky 40391 two times already plus dollar store, speedway, truck stop, bp, a few other places it’s been going on 7 months without a job I live with my son and its getting harder on him paying rent and utilities and food, not to mention our personal hygiene stuff I really need help I have no income coming in to help him and his wife out I get foodstamps and Medicaid I was praying I could qualify for unemployment PLEASE HELP!!!

    1. Vicky,

      I can understand your situation. Unfortunately, UI benefits are only extended to claimants who lose employment due to involuntary reasons. Please call the Unemployment Office for further clarification.

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