TN Department of Labor and Workforce Development

  Most TN Employers to pay lower unemployment insurance rates

Unemployment insurance rates will decrease because the balance of the unemployment insurance trust fund on June 30 was more than $650 million, triggering the permanent expiration of the .6% additional fee in premium rates.

Employers were mailed notifications of the changes to their individual accounts at the end of August showing their revised premium rate for the third and fourth quarters of the current year.


      Labor Department releases 2013-2014 short term industry and occupational projections

The projections show the annual employment and industry changes based on short- and long-term trends.


  NEW - ACH Bank Debit now available to pay quarterly unemployment insurance premiums

Since the ACH debit capability was made available, the department has received more than 6,521 payments totaling $8 million. That means more than six thousand physical checks did not have to be processed manually, and money was deposited immediately instead of over a period of days.


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    Employers now easily able to see details of claims filed on their accounts

Employers wanting more detail on how former employees’ separations can have an impact on their accounts (and accordingly, their employer rates) can now access their accounts via a PIN that is printed on their quarterly rate notices. 

Previously rate notices showed only a total of claims against an employer’s account and how that affected his rate. If the employer wanted actual employees’ names, he had to call to request a breakdown be mailed to him. Rate notices now include a Web address added to the bottom of the rate notice with a security PIN specific to each employer, valid for 45 days. An employer can log on and see all details, including names and amounts of all employees who had claims filed against his account.

This enhancement will be useful for all employers, especially those who use TPAs, as employers often have no details on why their rates are what they are or why they have changed. has 80,000 jobs and 100,000 qualified applicants. Now the site just got better!

TN employers now have a more powerful tool in searching for qualified workers, the result of an upgrade to the website. The revisions now allow users to customize their workspaces, expand database searches, and to share jobs through e-mail and the career network.



Tennessee adopts second high school equivalency test

Beginning January 2, 2014, out-of-school youth and adults who are pursuing a high-school equivalency credential will have another test option to improve their earnings potential. Tennesseans will have a choice of taking either the new 2014 GED® test or an alternative high school equivalency test designed by Educational Testing Services called HiSET™. Passing either test will lead to a high school equivalency diploma issued by the State of Tennessee and accepted nationally.

For details on taking high school equivalency tests and information on preparation courses, contact the Adult Education Division of the Department of Labor & Workforce Development at 1-800-531-1515, or visit the Department’s website at


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