Nearly 14K new unemployment claims filed last week in Tennessee, up from week before

Posted at 8:45 AM, Aug 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-20 18:47:52-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Nearly 14,000 new unemployment claims were filed last week in Tennessee, an increase from the week before.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development released the latest numbers Thursday, saying 13,806 new claims were filed during the week ending on Aug. 15 – that’s up from the week before when 10,036 claims were filed, the lowest number since March.

The number of continued claims rose to 795,116. Click here to file a claim in Tennessee.

10March 142,70216,342
11March 2139,09616,098
12March 2894,49234,570
13April 4116,141112,438
14April 1174,772199,910
15April 1868,968267,053
16April 2543,792324,543
17May 237,319321,571
18May 929,308325,095
19May 1628,692314,487
20May 2326,041310,126
21May 3022,784302,260
22June 621,417292,234
23June 1319,925280,593
24June 2021,155266,596
25June 2722,256262,224
26July 425,843256,645
27July 1122,431251,924
28July 1825,794243,405
29July 2519,461242,397
30August 111,690224,093
31August 810,036208,810
32August 1513,806204,726
New Claims Since March 15795,116

The state’s increase also reflected the Department of Labor’s new numbers, which showed an uptick in new claims last week. The department said nationwide, 1.1 million people filed initial claims for unemployment last week, an increase of about 200,000 claims over the previous week.

The Tennessee Department of Labor also said statewide unemployment decreased for the third consecutive month in July. During that month, the jobless rate was 6.1 percentage points higher than it was in July 2019.

During June and July of this year, the state added 600 new jobs. The leisure and hospitality sector, business services and manufacturing sectors created the most jobs during July. However, those same sectors reported the biggest losses over the last year.