November 19, 2009
Crowe pleased benefits will be extended to assist
unemployed workers in difficult economic times
(NASHVILLE, TN), November 19, 2009 — State Senator Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City) said today he is pleased that unemployment benefits will be extended to many Tennesseans who have lost their jobs. Crowe supported a new state law that works in tandem with recently-passed federal legislation allowing extension of benefits for 14 additional weeks in Tennessee due to the state exceeding an 8.5 percent unemployment rate.
Tennessee’s current unemployment rate is 10.6 percent. Labor Commissioner Jim Neeley told the Legislature’s Joint Business Tax Study Committee today that he expects the rate to remain in the mid 10 percent range when the new statistics are released later this week.
“There are a lot of Tennessee workers who are looking for jobs but cannot find them,” said Senator Crowe. “Our state economists predict that unemployment will continue in this range for the next several months. Therefore, extending these benefits is critical to many families who are unemployed during these tough economic times.”
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development says extension will directly impact approximately 35,000 Tennesseans who have lost their jobs. The fund is an insurance program which pays out benefits to unemployed workers whose employers have contributed to the fund through quarterly premiums for each worker.
“I am pleased that this extra help is available to unemployed workers in our state until our economy turns around,” Crowe concluded.