Nearly 70K Tennesseans filed unemployment claims last week, down from previous week

Posted at 8:14 AM, Apr 23, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Department of Labor and Workforce Development has released its weekly unemployment numbers, saying nearly 70,000 Tennesseans filed claims last week.

The department released the new data Thursday, saying 68,968 claims were filed in the week ending on April 18. That’s significantly down from the week before.

Week NumberWeek Ending DateNumber of New Claims Filed
10March 14, 20202,702
11March 21, 202039,096
12March 28, 202094,492
13April 4, 2020116,141
14April 11, 202074,772
15April 18, 202068,968

The Department of Labor said that nationwide, 4.4 million Americans filed initial unemployment claims in the last week. That brings the total number of initial claims filed in the previous five weeks to 26 million.

That figure marks the second straight week in which initial claims fell. However, prior to the coronavirus pandemic, initial unemployment claims never came close to topping 1 million in a single week.