How To Apply for Tennessee Unemployment Benefits

If you worked in Tennessee and have lost employment for reasons that were not your fault, Tennessee unemployment insurance can help you financially while you search for employment. There are specific eligibility requirements you must meet in order to qualify to receive unemployment benefits. In addition to having lost income due to reasons not your fault, you must also have had qualifying wages during a specified period of time, be physically able to work at the time of application, and be available to accept suitable work if offered. Once your claim has been submitted and accepted, there is a waiting period of one week before you receive your first payments. Each week you receive benefits of unemployment, you must report your gross earnings for that week.

Applying for Tennessee Unemployment Insurance

Tennessee benefits of unemployment may be applied for in person, by telephone, or online. Those living in Tipton, Fayette, Lauderdale, or Shelby counties must file in person in a local Labor and Workforce Development Office unless submitting a "lack of work" claim online. Also, those who did not work in Tennessee for the past 18 months, cannot apply online but must apply by phone or in person. Just about everyone else may apply online.

How to Apply for Unemployment Benefits

1. Be well-prepared. Get a pencil and paper and all information needed such as your Social Security Number, Driver's License Number, all employment information of the employer who you were separated from, and the places you were employed with over the last 18 months.

2. If applying by phone, call (615) 253-0800 or (877) 813-0950 between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm central time. Do NOT use a cellular or cordless phone when calling.

3. If applying online, go to https://ui.tn.gov between the hours of 7 am to 6 pm central time Sunday through Friday. There is no internet service available on Saturdays.

4. Follow all instructions very carefully, whether over the phone or internet until you know your claim has been successfully submitted.

5. Wait for your first check, which will take a week to receive.

6. Once registered, you must certify weekly by calling or visiting the online in order to continue receiving benefits.


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