How to Apply For Unemployment in Tennessee


State Unemployment Department

Department of Labor & Workforce Development


How to Apply

Tennessee residents who reside in Fayette, Tipton, Lauderdale or Shelby counties are required to file for unemployment insurance benefits by visiting their local office. To locate the office nearest you, click here. Claimants who live in non-listed counties are required to file online or by phone exclusively. To start a new claim or file a weekly benefit voucher, click here or call 1 (877) 813-0950.


Available Benefits

The state of Tennessee distributes unemployment insurance benefits via paper check after an initial waiting week for which no benefits are paid. A maximum of $50 is allowed for dependent benefits; this is an additional benefit that is added to a claimant's weekly benefit rate. To learn more about dependent benefits, click here.


Additional Eligibility Information

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