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Unemployment Insurance: Tennessee

Unemployment Insurance requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Nancy Hatch Woodward, Nancy Hatch Woodward Communications


  • Unemployment insurance is a joint federal/state program offered nationwide. Based on federal law and executed through state law, the program provides partial wage replacement to unemployed workers while they conduct an active search for work. See Tennessee Unemployment Insurance.
  • An employer's contributions may vary based upon the employer's claims experience or whether the employer is a new employer. See Tennessee Unemployment Insurance.
  • Unemployment benefits generally last for up to 26 weeks. See Benefits.
  • Claimants must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits. See Eligibility.
  • Individuals may be disqualified from receiving employment benefits for certain reasons. See Disqualification.
  • Tennessee has specific rules regarding unemployment insurance and seasonal employment. See Seasonal Employment.
  • Employers must maintain certain records related to both unemployment and partial unemployment compensation. See Recordkeeping.
  • Employers have certain notice and posting requirements. See Notice and Posting Requirements.