Tennessee Unemployment Application Information
How to Apply for Unemployment
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The Tennessee Unemployment Insurance (UI) program provides financial assistance for unemployed workers who have lost their job through no fault of their own. This program is a federal program administered by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development in Tennessee. The benefits are only a partial wage replacement and temporary in nature. These benefits are available only for as long as the claimant doesn't find work again. The program is funded by the tax money paid by the employers. Claimant don't contribute to the funding of UI program.
You can apply for UI benefits in Tennessee using the online application. Alternatively, you can apply via telephone service. Your eligibility for UI program and amount of benefits you qualify to receive is determined after you apply for benefits.
Getting help with UI claims in Tennessee
After you apply for UI benefits in Tennessee, you have to wait for the verification period to be over before you start receiving your benefits. All the information you provide in the application form is verified including employer and wage history during this period. After verification, a decision is made which you can appeal within 15 days of the mail date on your letter of determination.
To talk to someone in person and get help with UI claims in Tennessee, you simply need to visit this page for Career Centers.
To check status of your claim, simply visit this link or call an appropriate number from the list below.
- 615-532-1800 for Nashville
- 1-800-689-9799 for areas outside Nashville
- 1-800-262-8094 for claimants calling from outside the state
Managing your UI benefits online
Managing your UI benefits is easy with online services provided by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Visit this link to view your benefits and update information if needed.
To view benefits payments or update information about payment mode, visit this link.
After your initial claim is approved, you will need to submit weekly certification in order to receive benefits for ongoing weeks of unemployment. You can visit this link to submit your weekly claims.
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Unemployment Application Instructions
Applying for UI benefits in Tennessee is easy. Follow these steps for starting your claim online.
- Visit this page at for Employment Security Online applications.
- Watch videos about filing a UI claim in Tennessee. You will find one video on the page while there are external links for other helpful videos about UI benefits in Tennessee. These videos should easily explain everything related to online application.
- Click Apply For Unemployment once you have watched videos.
It is important that you collect necessary information before you start your initial claim. This will save you time and make it easy to start your claim. The information you are going to need to complete your application