Filing an Unemployment Claim – Tennessee

  1. Am I eligible to receive benefits?

    You must be unemployed through no fault of your own, and you must have made sufficient wages in your base period (the first 4 of the last 5 completed calendar quarters before the week in which you file your application for benefits, or alternatively the last 4 quarters). Also, you must be able and available for full-time work.

  2. How do I apply for benefits in Tennessee?

    You can apply online or over the phone.

  3. How much will I receive?

    You may receive between $30 and $275 depending on the total wages earned in the base period.

  4. How long will I receive these benefits?

    You may receive benefits for 13 to 26 weeks, depending on the total wages earned in the base period.

  5. After I start receiving benefits, what do I have to do to remain eligible?

    You must file weekly claims online, be able to work, and be available for work. Also, you must continue to be able and available for full-time work. You must actively seek employment, while keeping a record of your work search activities. You must contact at least three employers per week. Finally, you must accept suitable work.

  6. I was turned down for benefits. How do I appeal this decision?

    You must appeal in writing within 15 days of the date of the decision for denial. Your appeal may be filed by mail, by fax, or online. Also, you must keep filing your weekly claims regularly because you will only be paid for weeks you filed if you win your appeal.

  7. For more information on Tennessee’s unemployment insurance laws:

    Visit the State of Tennessee Website

    Read the Claimant Handbook