People getting federal extended unemployment benefits can continue claiming them for at least another year. The Emergency Unemployment Compensation program was set to expire Dec. 29, but Congress has extended the program through Jan. 1, 2014.
Beginning September 1st, anyone claiming Tennessee unemployment benefits will have to show they’re actively looking for work, including keeping a work search log. According to state Department of Labor and Workforce Development, claimants will be required to conduct three work searches each week. A list of valid work search activity is available on the department's website or at the nearest Tennessee Career Center. Labor and Workforce Development officials will conduct random audits of a thousand claimants' work search documentation each week to verify activity.
Kentucky’s latest unemployment figures show widespread improvement in July. The Office of Employment and Training reports jobless rates fell in 97 counties. Rates increased or were unchanged elsewhere.
Tennessee’s unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since November 2008. The drop in March to 7.9 percent marks the eighth straight month of decline. Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Karla Davis says the state lost jobs in March, but the number of unemployed declined at a faster rate. The national unemployment average is 8.2 percent.
Kentucky’s jobless rate has fallen to 8.7 percent. That's according to February statistics released today by the Office of Employment and Training. Unemployment has been in a slow decline for eight consecutive months in the commonwealth. It's down from 1.1 percent a year ago. For February, seven of the state's eleven major nonfarm job sectors reported increases in employment.
Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Karla Davis has warned the state's 56,000 unemployment claimants they’ll soon be required to prove they’re looking for work. Davis says beginning in April, claimants also will be required to meet face-to-face with state job service employees. She says the new requirements will make sure claimants are on track to find employment and not get caught off-guard when their benefits expire. The U.S. Department of Labor issued the new guidelines.