unemployment

Statement from the Tennessee Democratic Party; September 20, 2012:  NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For the fourth consecutive month, Tennessee’s unemployment rate has increased. Gov. Bill Haslam’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development reported the August unemployment rate at 8.5 percent, nearly a half point higher than the national average. “Tennessee’s working families have a right to […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development; August 10, 2012:  Tennessee Becomes 40th State to Allow Benefits for Trailing Spouses NASHVILLE – Tennessee Commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development Karla Davis is announcing changes to unemployment laws that allow a spouse of military personnel facing a military transfer to collect unemployment […]

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Statement from the Tennessee Democratic Party; July 19, 2012:  NASHVILLE – Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester issued a statement today after the Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development announced the state unemployment rate for June increased to 8.1 percent, up from the May revised rate of 7.9 percent. “June’s unemployment increase is further proof that […]

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Statement from the Tennessee Republican Party; July 6, 2012:   NASHVILLE, TN – Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney released the following statement on the June unemployment report, which shows the unemployment rate remaining at 8.2%- “Today’s jobs report shows that we remain in an economic drought, and it’s clear that Obama’s destructive policies have failed […]

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The state’s unemployment rate continues to drop, but officials who track workforce trends say some of that decrease can be attributed to thousands of out-of-work Tennesseans who have stopped looking for work. “I do think there are some folks who have just permanently, or almost permanently, taken themselves out of the job market saying, ‘I […]

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Among other changes, government check recipients will have to document that they’re looking for work, and the department will audit 1,000 of those reports each week trying to nab cheaters.

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Press release from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development; April 26, 2012: Rate Decreases in 89 Counties, Increases in Five, and Remains the Same in One NASHVILLE – County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for March 2012, released today, show the rate decreased in 89 counties, increased in five counties, and remained the same in […]

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Press release from the Office of Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey; April 26, 2012: (April 26, 2012, NASHVILLE) – Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey today praised the unanimous passage of the Unemployment Insurance Accountability Act of 2012 (Senate Bill 3658) by the state Senate. “A true jobs agenda is compromised of elements that help both job creators […]

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Employers are having difficulty attracting workers whose unemployment has not run out, lawmakers believe, and want to require beneficiaries to prove they’re trying to get a job.

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Press Release from Department of Labor and Workforce Development; Jan. 19, 2012: RATE DROPS 0.4 PERCENTAGE POINT FROM NOVEMBER NASHVILLE – Tennessee Commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development Karla Davis announced today Tennessee’s unemployment rate for December fell to 8.7 percent, down from the November revised rate of 9.1. The national unemployment rate for December […]

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Less than 8 percent of initial unemployment claims are disputed in Tennessee. Of those that are, 68 percent are ruled in favor of the employer, a figure that contrasts sharply with assertions made recently by the state’s Republican lieutenant governor.

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Gov. Bill Haslam says he needs more time to determine whether he’ll support Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey’s call for requiring jobless Tennesseans taking government unemployment benefits to document they’re actively looking for work. Under the current system, unemployed workers are required to show proof they are looking for jobs after about a year-and-a-half of […]

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