New Tennessee Unemployment Claims Continues To Rise

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NASHVILLE, TN (WDEF) – The number of new unemployment claims in Tennessee rose again for a third week in a row with 25,843 filings for the week of July 4. 22,256 claimed the previous week. The number of continuous claims continues to drop with 256,645 compared to 262,224 the week before. These numbers are from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce.

Hamilton County saw an increase as it went from 972 new claims to 1,091. Shelby County saw the greatest amount of claims in Tennessee with 6,199. Davidson County had 3,014.

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More than 1.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, a historically high pace that shows that many employers are still laying people off in the face of a resurgent coronavirus. The persistently elevated level of layoffs are occurring as a spike in virus cases has forced six states to reverse their move to reopen businesses. Those six – Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Michigan and Texas – make up one-third of the U.S. economy. Fifteen other states have suspended their re-openings. Collectively, the pullback has stalled a tentative recovery in the job market and is likely triggering additional layoffs

with additional reporting from The Associated Press

Statewide Data:

Week Ending Date Number of New Claims Filed Continued Claims
March 14, 2020 2,702 16,342
March 21, 2020 39,096 16,098
March 28, 2020 94,492 34,570
April 4, 2020 116,141 112,438
April 11, 2020 74,772 199,910
April 18, 2020 68,968 267,053
April 25, 2020 43,792 324,543
May 2, 2020 37,319 321,571
May 9, 2020 29,308 325,095
May 16, 2020 28,692 314,487
May 23, 2020 26,041 310,126
May 30, 2020 22,784 302,260
June 6, 2020 21,417 292,234
June 13, 2020 19,925 280,593
June 20, 2020 21,155 266,596
June 27, 2020 22,256 262,224
June 27, 2020 25,843 256,645
Claims Since March 15 691,898
Southeast Tennessee New Claims Continuous Claims
Hamilton County 1,091 14,013
Bradley County 380 3,590
McMinn County 200 1,635
Rhea County 120 1,092
Marion County 92 867
Polk County 58 383
Grundy County 35 450
Meigs County 60 440
Bledsoe County 20 205
Sequatchie County 31 374