Unemployment benefits running out for Tenn.'s jobless - WKRN News 2

Unemployment benefits running out for Tenn.'s jobless

Posted:

A staggering number of people are coming to grips with the reality their last unemployment checks may be just weeks away.

Currently, 79 weeks is the maximum timeframe to collect unemployment in Tennessee. 

It's the longest unemployment period in state history, but for many of the jobless, those benefits are running out.

"It's a concern. It's a great concern to me," said Deborah Carpenter, who has been collecting unemployment since July.

In August, 500 Tennesseans ran out of unemployment benefits.

In the upcoming months, that number is only going to jump, to 1,500 in September, 4,000 in October, and by December, 23,000 people will no longer be getting their unemployment benefits.

Carpenter is visiting the career center to look for full-time work.

She said, "I've worked ever since I came out of college, and now to be the age I am, 50 plus, which is not that great to be looking for a job."

Don Ingram, with the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development, says the average person is drawing around 26 weeks of unemployment.

"Before this downturn in the economy our average duration was about 14 weeks, so that's a significant longer period that people are drawing now," Ingram said.

Right now, the state is paying out around $20 million a week in unemployment benefits.

Carpenter says her unemployment benefits are set to run out in late November, and it's possible she may still be out of work when that happens.

She said, "It's a hard pill to swallow when you've been productive all your life."

According to the labor department, there were around 7,400 unemployment claims in August.

Though that number is down from nearly 18,000 claims back in January, it's still 28% over last year.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Mom bites off dog's ear to save daughter during attack

    Mom bites off dog's ear to save daughter during attack

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 2:49 PM EDT2014-04-22 18:49:19 GMT
    Image from CNN/KHOU-TVImage from CNN/KHOU-TV
    In a backyard in Alvin, swings a very lucky girl. Her name is Mackenzi Plass, or Kenzi for short, and she survived a dog attack and has undergone several surgeries."She'll be two and a half in May," said her very proud mother Chelsi Camp. "She's doing great. You wouldn't know it if you couldn't see."Mackenzi has scars on her face after the ordeal just weeks ago that put her mother's animal instincts to the test."You do whatever you can," said Camp. "I don't have physical strength at my side."...More >>
    In a backyard in Alvin, swings a very lucky girl. Her name is Mackenzi Plass, or Kenzi for short, and she survived a dog attack and has undergone several surgeries."She'll be two and a half in May," said her very proud mother Chelsi Camp. "She's doing great. You wouldn't know it if you couldn't see."Mackenzi has scars on her face after the ordeal just weeks ago that put her mother's animal instincts to the test."You do whatever you can," said Camp. "I don't have physical strength at my side."...More >>
  • Baby found alive in trash can, SC woman charged

    Baby found alive in trash can, SC woman charged

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 7:35 AM EDT2014-04-22 11:35:31 GMT
    A Greenville woman is accused of attempted murder and willful neglect after police say she dumped her newborn son in a trash can moments after giving birth. The child is alive and stable at an area hospital. Reports show 28 year old Sharon Ferguson gave birth inside a vacant home on Chaney Street in the Nicholtown community. They say after, she wrapped the boy in a plastic bag and a blanket and placed him in the trash can near the back of the house. Police say she then walked to a Laurens Ro...More >>
    A Greenville woman is accused of attempted murder and willful neglect after police say she dumped her newborn son in a trash can moments after giving birth. The child is alive and stable at an area hospital. Reports show 28 year old Sharon Ferguson gave birth inside a vacant home on Chaney Street in the Nicholtown community. They say after, she wrapped the boy in a plastic bag and a blanket and placed him in the trash can near the back of the house. Police say she then walked to a Laurens Ro...More >>
  • $90K, 80lbs of pot found in Nashville man's home, storage unit

    $90K, 80lbs of pot found in Nashville man's home, storage unit

    Danny Hopkins, 54, was arrested after police found thousands of dollars in cash and marijuana stashed inside his car, east Nashville home, and west Nashville storage unit.

    More >>

    Danny Hopkins, 54, was arrested after police found thousands of dollars in cash and marijuana stashed inside his car, east Nashville home, and west Nashville storage unit.

    More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WKRN (Young Broadcasting station). All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.