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Nearly 7,000 new unemployment claims filed last week in Tennessee, up from week before

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Posted at 8:23 AM, Dec 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-10 09:23:05-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — Nearly 7,000 new unemployment claims were filed last week in Tennessee, up more than 1,000 from the week before.

The Department of Labor and Workforce Development reported 6,886 new claims during the week ending on December 5. That’s up from the week before when 5,789 claims were filed – the lowest number since mid-March.

The number of continued claims rose to 46,404. Click here to file a claim in Tennessee.

Nationwide, the number of people applying for unemployment aid jumped last week to 853,000, the most since September, evidence that some companies are cutting more jobs as new virus cases spiral higher.

The Labor Department said Thursday that the number of applications increased from 716,000 the previous week.

Before the coronavirus paralyzed the economy in March, weekly jobless claims typically numbered only about 225,000.