Over 16,500 new unemployment claims filed in Tennessee last week

Over 16,500 new unemployment claims filed in Tennessee last week
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TENNESSEE (WMC/WSMV) - A new report Thursday morning showed there have been 16,554 new unemployment claims filed in the state of Tennessee last week, bringing the total number to 980,983 since March 15, 2020, according to the TN Department of Labor and Workforce.

The recent spike in unemployment claims is the highest reported since the end of July.

Tennessee reported that 67,727 claims have been paid and the payments totaled $22,239,826.

Here’s a breakdown --

  • Total Claims Paid: 67,727
  • Total Payments: $22,239,826
  • TN Payments: $6,349,056
  • Federal Payments: $115,890,770

New claims filed are considered the number of individuals filing new unemployment claims for the previous week. Continues claims are the number of claims continued with weekly certifications.

Tennessee unemployment claims
Tennessee unemployment claims (Source: Tennessee Labor and Workforce Development)

Nationwide, the number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell slightly to 787,000, evidence of a job market stumbling in the face of the viral pandemic and the damage it has inflicted on the economy for nearly 10 months.

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