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Tennessee job losses rose again last week, and at a faster pace than the national economy

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  The number of Tennesseans filing initial unemployment claims rose again this past week.

New numbers released Thursday morning show more than 13,800 workers were either laid-off or furloughed during the week ending Aug. 15. That’s a 37 percent increase from the previous week.

Prior to that, the number of Tennesseans making initial application for jobless benefits had fallen three consecutive weeks to a low of slightly more than 10,000 claims.

However, the number of state residents continuing to file for unemployment compensation fell again last week, down now for 14 consecutive weeks.

Just under 800,000 Tennesseans have filed jobless claims since the pandemic began.

The number of initial unemployment claims also rose at the national level, but at a significantly slower pace. A total of 1.1 million Americans made initial application for benefits this past week, a roughly 11 percent increase over the previous week’s report.

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