How Long Do I Have to Work For to Collect Unemployment in Tennessee?

To qualify for UI in TN, you must have worked during at least two quarters of the base period. Your total base period earnings must be at least 40 times the weekly benefit amount (WBA). Finally, you must have additional earnings in a quarter outside the HQW of either:

– a minimum of 6 times the WBA
OR
– a minimum of $900

Whichever one is less will be the one considered in determining your eligibility.

The WBA is computed by multiplying the average earnings of your two highest quarters by 1/26. The minimum WBA amount is $30, making the minimum amount that can be earned within two quarters to be $1,560.

Tennessee does not offer an extended base period or an alternate base period.

In Tennessee an employer or employing unit is covered under unemployment insurance if it paid at least $1,500 in wages during any calendar quarter in the current or previous calendar year. Further, an employer/employing unit is also covered under unemployment insurance if it paid wages to at least one employee and employed said worker at least one day per week during the 20 weeks of the current or previous calendar year.

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