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649 new unemployment claims filed in Northeast Tennessee; statewide numbers continue decline

Staff Report • Updated Jun 18, 2020 at 9:23 PM

New unemployment claims filed in Northeast Tennessee and the state at-large have continued to gradually decrease, according to numbers from the Tennessee Department of Labor.

During the week ending June 13, residents of Northeast Tennessee, an eight-county region that includes Washington, Carter, Sullivan and Unicoi counties, filed 649 new claims for unemployment. That’s a slight decrease over the 699 filed during the week ending June 6.

The new figures are still several times higher than the 81 filed during the week ending March 14, which is before the beginning of the spike.

Regional unemployment filings have shown a consistent downward trend over the past several weeks. They peaked during the week of April 4 at 6,419 in the wake of mass closings precipitated by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Across Tennessee, 19,925 new unemployment claims were filed during the week ending June 13, dropping 7% compare to the 21,417 claims filed during the week of June 6. This marks the 10th week in a row that statewide filings have decreased.

Like the region’s data, the most recent statewide numbers are also several times higher than the 2,702 new claims were filed statewide during the week ending March 14.

Continued claims, those that are still certified weekly, have also declined statewide, dropping from 292,234 the week ending June 6 to 280,593 the week of June 13.

Since March 15, 622,644 new claims have been filed statewide.