Individuals who have exhausted their Tennessee Unemployment Compensation claim, or their benefit year has ended, need to refile to obtain the additional weeks of benefits provided through PEUC.
For comparison, the record number of filings before the pandemic was set in 1982, when 695,000 people filed for unemployment.
Even as an increasing number of states have begun reopening their economies across the country, the COVID-19 pandemic is largely expected to have continued to wreak havoc on employment in the US last week.
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"We have completed the modifications to allow our unemployment insurance systems to process these applications", Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo said in the statement. "We are pleased to able to now offer both extended benefits and the $600 weekly supplemental payment through the week of July 25, to help these workers through this hard time".
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According to the Department of Labor's Division of Employment Security, refusing to return to work when recalled for any other reason, or in an attempt to continue to draw unemployment benefits, will be considered a "voluntary quit".
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As high as it is, unemployment doesn't capture the full extent of the pandemic's economic fallout.
NJDOL continues to receive tens of thousands of customers per week responding to one or more certification questions in a way that makes their claim ineligible for benefits under federal law. "These errors cause claimants (to) see a sudden halt in their benefit payments". A claims agent must amend these claims to make benefits payable again.
"But at 2.4 million new claims last week, the seismic impact should not be dismissed because earlier shock waves were larger", he added.More news: Rana Daggubati shares his engagement photos