Tennessee begins paying $600 pandemic unemployment benefits


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) – Tennessee has started paying the $600 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation benefit to approved unemployment claimants.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development said it distributed nearly $94 million in benefit payments to 110,000 unemployed Tennesseans on Tuesday. Most claimants will receive their direct-deposit benefits on Wednesday.

The department expects the number of payments to exceed 150,000 this week. Last week, the state sent 114,000 claimants more than $33 million.

The $600 pandemic benefit is in addition to regular unemployment benefits.

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