First week of December sees uptick in new Tennessee unemployment claims


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The number of new unemployment claims in Tennessee increased to nearly 7,000 in the first week of December, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor of Workforce.

A total of 939,311 claims have been filed in Tennessee since March 15 after 6,886 new claims were made in the week ending on December 5. It’s a increase of nearly 1,100 from the week ending in November 28, when 5,789 new claims were reported.

The state reported a total of 46,404 continued unemployment claims last week, a decrease of 261 claims. Qualified applicants are eligible for a maximum of 26 weeks of unemployment insurance in a year.

Weekly unemployment claims peaked at 116,141 in the week ending in April 4.

Before the week ending in September 26, Tennessee hadn’t reported fewer than 10,000 new weekly unemployment since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in mid-March. The week ending in March 14 saw 2,702 unemployment claims before ballooning to 39,096 the following week.

Click here for county-level unemployment claim data.

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