KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Tennessee has now reported fewer than 10,000 new unemployment claims four times in the past five weeks.
The Tennessee Department Labor and Workforce reported 7,770 Tennesseans filed new unemployment claims in the week ending in October 24. The number of new claims for the week ending October 17 was 9,873.
The number of continued unemployment claims in Tennessee continued to drop. The state reported a total of 70,982 continued unemployment claims last week, a decrease of 6,758 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 less 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.
A total of 899,368 claims have been filed in Tennessee since March 15.
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