Tennessee Unemployment Phone Numbers

At times you just have to talk to a live person to get answers to your questions. TennCare’s main line phone number is 884-224-5818.

You can email, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development at [email protected]

If you are calling long distance to Nashville from Tennessee or from out-of-state then you can call (615) 253-8920 (Nashville area).

To file a claim through the Claims Center, please click here to find the phone number for your county.

If you live in Tennessee but worked in another state, you will file your claim for unemployment insurance against the state where your wages were reported. Some states, like Tennessee, take unemployment claims by telephone or over the Internet, from out of state residents. See the list for states that file unemployment claims by telephone or by Internet. If you worked in a state not listed, please contact your nearest Labor and Workforce Development Benefit Office to file your claim. For a Directory of Benefit Offices, choose Benefit Offices under the Claimant Services menu.

Weekly Certification

Claimant is liable for certifying his/her eligibility on a weekly basis as long as he/she is unemployed. If you do not certify, you will not be paid if your claim is approved later. If you are unable to access the TIPS line to certify, you should contact the office where you filed your claim as soon as possible.

TIPS Phone Numbers:

  • Nashville: 615-253-8920
  • Other Tennessee Areas: 1-800-689-9799

122 thoughts on “Tennessee Unemployment Phone Numbers”

  1. Kevin says:

    I think they make it so hard as they don’t have to pay you unemployment I think it is a state cover up and a government oversize needs to notified I know Jeff sessions on a personal level I will be calling him via cell today to find out my option since no one at the tn unemployment calls you back

  2. Jacqulyn Bowey says:

    The 800-689-9799 keeps saying can be completed as daily. What do I do?

  3. walter allen says:

    would like to know when u are sending paper work so I can file taxes on income from unemployment

    1. Sam says:

      Please note this is a private forum and not a government website.

      You may contact the Unemployment Office on the phone numbers provided for paperwork.



    1. Martin says:


      Please note this is a private forum and we do not have access to your claim details. Please chase the Claims Center pro-actively until you get the payment.

  5. Matthew Hayes says:

    I’ve been trying since September to talk to someone. I’ve called every number you can find and listened to every menu that sends me to the website that doesn’t answer my questions. How can I reach a live person???

    1. Martin says:

      Well, TN has issues when it comes to reaching out for help.

      The only alternative left for you is to visit the nearest Unemployment Office.

  6. Pete DAuria says:

    How do I go about getting a TN Unemployment Tax ID number for filing my payroll reports?



    1. Martin says:


      We do not have any information in this regard. You may want to check with the Labor Authorities or read further on the internet.

  7. Rose says:

    I need to speak with someone about my a line that is holding me up from submitting my claim. I have called 1800-813-0950. Can I please get a number to speak with someone to get this resolve so I can file my claim?

    1. Martin says:

      Please look out for an option to speak to a representative on the same phone line.

      Alternatively, please consider applying online, over the internet.

  8. Terrence Davis says:

    I file my first weekly cert in Sept of this year and i have yet receive any type of correspondence. I would like to know what is going on with the case

    1. Martin says:

      Please note this is a private forum. You can call the Unemployment Office on the phone numbers provided for an update on status.

  9. Adrienne says:

    Thanks for posting this info about unemployment. I called the senators office in Nashville and was able to speak to someone. I was told that someone would be contacting me soon. I am hopeful since I was able to speak to a live person.

    1. Martin says:

      That is great. I am glad we could help. Best wishes!

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