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28K Tennesseans filed for unemployment last week

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Posted at 11:32 AM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 12:33:45-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Nearly 30,000 new unemployment claims were filed last week in Tennessee.

The Department of Labor and Workforce Development released the new numbers on Thursday, saying 28,692 claims were filed.


WeekWeek Ending DateNew Claims FiledContinued Claims
10March 14, 20202,70216.342
11March 21, 202039,09616,098
12March 28, 202094,49234,570
13April 4, 2020116,141112,438
14April 11, 202074,772199,910
15April 18, 202068,968267,053
16April 25, 202043,792324,543
17May 2, 202037,319321,571
18May 9, 202029,308325,095
19May 16, 202028,692314,487
New Claims Since March 15532,580

The Department of Labor said nationwide, 2.4 million Americans filed initial claims for unemployment last week. That brings a nine-week total — dating back to when states began closing non-essential businesses amid the pandemic — to 38 million initial claims for unemployment.

However, surveys suggest these numbers under represent the number of people who have lost their jobs.

Click here to file a claim in Tennessee.

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