State encourages people to 'get to work' in new COVID-19 response campaign

Posted at 3:26 PM, Dec 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-09 16:28:09-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — State officials are encouraging Tennesseans to "get to work" with a new campaign after so many lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor Lee and Workforce Development Commissioner Jeff McCord announced the “Let’s Get to Work Tennessee,” campaign Wednesday. The hope is that it helps Tennesseans "find and obtain meaningful employment," according to the announcement.

Federal unemployment programs are expiring soon. The new campaign says there are currently "thousands of jobs are ready to be filled," and encourages Tennesseans to apply.

“We have said since the beginning of the pandemic that COVID-19 has caused an economic crisis as well as a health crisis,” said Gov. Lee in a press release. “As we enter the new year, and federal unemployment benefits expire, we want to encourage Tennesseans to seek employment through one of the many opportunities across the state and get our economy moving again.”

The ad is airing across the state on broadcast TV, cable, radio, outdoor and digital media. currently has more than 240,000 active job postings of all skill levels, according to the announcement.

Governor Lee also signed Executive Order 69 Wednesday, which reconstitutes the State Workforce Development Board. The Board works to increase the competitive position of Tennessee business and attract new business through the development of a highly-skilled workforce.