6,000+ new unemployment claims filed last week in Tennessee

Posted at 11:35 AM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 12:35:21-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A little more than 6,000 new unemployment claims were filed in Tennessee last week, the lowest number since March.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development said 6,182 new claims were filed during the week ending on Nov. 14. The number of continued claims rose to 53,976. Click here to file a claim in Tennessee.

Nationally, the number of Americans seeking unemployment aid rose last week to 742,000, the first increase in five weeks. The Labor Department’s report today showed that applications for benefits rose from 711,000 in the previous week.

Claims had soared to 6.9 million in March when the pandemic first intensified. Before the pandemic, applications typically hovered about 225,000 a week.