Filing for Unemployment in Tennessee

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As of January 2018, the unemployment rate in Memphis was at 3.8 percent. Despite this improvement from recent years, many Memphians are still looking for work. In the interim, though, many of these people may be seeking unemployment benefits. These benefits exist to assist workers who, through no fault of their own, have lost their jobs. These are temporary benefits designed to tide the individual over until he or she can find new work.


  1. You must be unemployed through no fault of your own. In some cases, you do not have to be completely unemployed if your hours have been cut or if you have found part-time work.
  2. Your employer must have been covered by unemployment insurance and you must have earned qualifying wages in the base period.
  3. You must be physically able to work when you file your first claim.
  4. You must be available to accept suitable job offers.
  5. You must have earned enough wages to qualify for benefits.
  6. You must wait one week before benefits begin.
  7. You must report any gross income each week.


The maximum benefit amount is $275 per week. The maximum time period in which you can receive unemployment benefits is 26 weeks.

Where To File

Shelby County residents can file for unemployment at the following locations:
TN Career Center - Collierville
942 West Poplar Street
Collierville, TN 38017-2546

TN Career Center - Memphis
1295 Poplar Avenue
P.O. Box 40859
Memphis, TN 38174-0859

TN Career Center - Memphis
5368 Mendenhall Mall
Memphis, TN 38115

TN Career Center - Memphis
2850 Austin Peay Highway
Memphis, TN 38168


Bring the following documentation/information with you when you go to file an unemployment claim:

  • Social Security Number
  • Drivers License Number
  • Address
  • Telephone Number
  • Separating Employer's Name
  • Separating Employer's Address
  • Separating Employer's Telephone Number
  • Separating Employer's Fax Number (if known)
  • Last Day Worked
  • Reason for Separation
  • Places of Employment for the last 18 months

For additional information, visit the ​Tennessee Department of Labor's website.

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