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More than 22,000 new unemployment claims filed in Tennessee for the week ending June 27

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development said that 5,921 new claims were filed in Shelby County.

New unemployment claims filed in Tennessee for the week ending June 27 were 22,256, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

A new report was released Thursday morning. In it, they said that 5,921 new claims were filed in Shelby County.

This is the first time since April that the number of new unemployment claims increased from the previous week. 

Here are the numbers for weekly unemployment claim totals in the past 15 weeks:

  • 21,155 new claims for the week ending June 20
  • 19,925 new claims for the week ending June 13
  • 21,417 new claims for the week ending June 6
  • 22,784 new claims for the week ending May 30
  • 26,041 new claims for the week ending May 23
  • 28,692 new claims for the week ending May 16
  • 29,308 new claims for the week ending May 9
  • 37,319 new claims for the week ending May 2
  • 43,792 new claims for the week ending  April 25
  • 68,968 new claims for the week ending April 18
  • 74,772 new claims for the week ending April 11
  • 116,141 new claims for the week ending April 4
  • 94,492 new claims for the week ending March 28
  • 39,096 new claims for the week ending March 21
  • 2,702 new claims for the week ending March 14

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Nationally, the number of weekly job cuts has steadily declined since the coronavirus first hit hard in March, forcing business closures and tipping the economy into recession.

However, last week’s report on unemployment benefit applications showed that the pace of decline may have stalled at a high level. Experts said that that could be evidence that many companies are still shedding workers. They also warn that a resurgence of COVID-19 cases could derail the economic recovery.